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99c signal strength

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by convem24, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. Aug 3, 2008 #1 of 33
    convem24

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    I just checked 99c to see how well my installer peaked the dish. He did ok. Here is the signal strength. All I want to know is am I in trouble in terms of losing signal with the current strength I have. 103c and 103s (my local HD is on 103) are all in the 90s.

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    71 82 64 76 72 83 66 76
    73 83 68 76 76 85 -- --

    I see three 60s which concerns me. I have the protection plan which I could get them to come out and realign for free if this becomes a problem. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2008 #2 of 33
    gfrang

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    I would call and have come out,you might have trouble in bad weather.
     
  3. Aug 3, 2008 #3 of 33
    techrep

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    With 103c in the 90's, I am confused by those numbers. With a plumb mast and tilt set anywhere near the proper setting, sat 99c's signal strength readings should be close to sat 103c's. Azimuth must be ok or you could not get those numbers on sat 103c.

    My guess is that either the mast is not plumb and/or the tilt is off.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2008 #4 of 33
    texasbrit

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    Probably the mast is not plumb. Since 99 and 101 are so close to 101, the tilt should not have a massive effect.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2008 #5 of 33
    harsh

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    Not impressive numbers. I'm also concerned about the odds being lower than the evens on average.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2008 #6 of 33
    bruinfever

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    I just sent four hours trying to peak my 99c numbers with my accutrac III and I also have consistently lower numbers with 99c, than 103c; usually 10 points or lower. I must have the most perfectly plumb mast in the USA and still could get 99c above 75 for my highest reading...:nono2:
     
  7. Aug 4, 2008 #7 of 33
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    This is an EL problem. You may have to re-plumb your mast if your 103(c)'s go down after correcting the EL to peak the 99(c)'s. You can fix this yourself pretty easily, if you have safe access to your dish. I doubt if they'll come out unless you're losing channels.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2008 #8 of 33
    convem24

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    I was gone for the day. I am not so concerned since the numbers are not in the less than 60 range but I wanted suggestions. Unfortunately the dish is on my 20ft high roof so that would be a no go. I am moving in May to another house (I've moved 5 times in 2 years.... grrrr) in May and am using movers connections again!!! I will try to confirm my alignment by calling in and see what they say and since I am moving in less than 10 months I might be able to survive the alignment issue. I would assume that if I lose channels or cannot get channels off of 99c when additional channels go live later this month I will have a service call done at that time. Thanks again for the suggestions guys. I hope SWMline is available by next may in my DMA.
     
  9. Aug 4, 2008 #9 of 33
    freerein100

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    I haven't seen it posted yet but on channel 482 and 483 they is now 99c tests
     
  10. convem24

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    I went to both test channels and they both tested out positive. So I guess I am ok.
     
  11. gfrang

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    You have the protection plan so just have them come down and fix it.Your signals are low enough to cause loss of signal in bad weather.It wont cost you anything.
     
  12. Matt9876

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    We figured this one out about a week ago, The elevation is off a bit when 99(c/a) numbers are lower than the others or even and odds are far apart,. The dish needs tweaking or realignment.:)
     
  13. njblackberry

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    Based on this thread, and the numbers I am showing - odds in the 40s and ALL EVENS are ZERO on 99(c) it's time for a visit.
     
  14. bruinfever

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    I have tweaked my dish to a MAXIMUM nd I have been unable to get my odd TP's to be the same or around the even's. Using a Accutrac III meter, so I can measure both instantly.
     
  15. texasbrit

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    If the odds are not the same as the evens there is still an alignment problem. If you have tried everything else it usually means the dish mounting is not perfectly plumb.
     
  16. bruinfever

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    Perfectly plumb mast. Used two torpedo levels as as well as a fence post level. I also have two dishes, an AU9 and an AT9 and both dishes are peaked to the maximum level and their readings are nearly identical..I cant explain it, I just know it exists....
     
  17. texasbrit

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    How much difference is there between odds and evens??
     
  18. bruinfever

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    6-10 points
     
  19. techrep

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    I accept this as fact. I am only considering the possibility that the tilt is "way" off.
     
  20. techrep

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    The Accutrac III is a great tool and I use one to point dishes on new (as in: not moved into yet) houses. I still find the need to tweak 103c, for best signal strength, via the reciever.

    There has been a update due (pending) for quite a while to improve it's Ka capability. If it is out, please let me know so that i can update mine.
     

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