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Aren't These Signals Too Low?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Eben, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Eben

    Eben Legend

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    I have an AU9 slimline dish with 5 LNB. My service is in ZIP 22030.

    Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
    [Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
    1-8 # 88 83 88 53 84 96 87 96
    9-16 # 82 86 86 60 82 96 79 96
    17-24 # 75 98 77 0 79 96 79 95
    25-32 # 77 82 83 0 82 96 80 97

    Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
    [No channels are currently beamed from this satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA #
    9-16 NA # NA # NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (11 total at 119º)
    [Local SD channels for some cities, Spanish package]
    17-24 [These numbers are good enough for guide data]
    25-32

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 99º(s)) [or 99º(b)]
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 # # # # # # NA NA 0 49 0 63 0 56
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA # # 72 0
    17-24 # # # # # # # # 0 0 0 0 40 29 73 72
    [Note: these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
    [National HD channels]
    1-8 # # # # # # # # 60 51 51 50 58 51 53 51
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA 57 53 53 51 60 58
    [Note, these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(s)) [or 103º(a)]
    [Local HD channels for some cities]
    1-8 # # # # # # NA NA 0 0 0 0 0 0
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA # # 45 74
    17-24 # # # # # # # # 0 0 70 75 0 0 0 36
    [Note, these can be very slow to appear]

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
    [National HD channels beamed from D12 satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
    9-16 # # # # # # # # 29 32 28 37 25 30 21 33
    17-24 # # # # # # # # 21 29 24 35 0 33 0 38

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
    [National HD channels beamed from D10 satellite]
    1-8 # # # # # # # # 49 50 51 53 46 48 47 51
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA 42 40 44 46 42 41
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

    I am receiving all the channels I subscribe to. (I'm not concerned with numbers at 119 as I'm not having any guide data problems.) Do the numbers for the national channels on 99 and 103 seem a little low?
    I don't have a signal meter or a way to get a TV close to my dish; however, I do have walkie-talkies and my dish is on a pole on the ground (very accessible). I comprehend the concept of adjusting the az and elevation, but are there specific transponders at 99 and 103 that I could focus on peaking? Can I peak the elevation (and which sat/transponder is best for that) and then focus on the az, or do I have to contend with both simultaneously?
    TIA
     
  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Yeah, those need to be improved.
    I'd fine tune the 99c & 103c (a or b).
    Dithering is the best method.
    I'd do both el & az.
     
  3. TwoPhases

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    Are all the HD channels coming in clear with those numbers?
     
  4. matt

    matt New Member

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  5. Eben

    Eben Legend

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    Yes, but they are more susceptible to rain fade than my old dish.
     
  6. Eben

    Eben Legend

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  7. Matt9876

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    The first and second active transponder for each group of 16/14 (ca) (cb) transponders at the 99 and 103 locations will get the results you need.

    Signals around 80-85 are normal getting them above 70 is a must.
     
  8. Eben

    Eben Legend

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    So if I understand correctly, I want to increase these numbers:

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
    [National HD channels]
    1-8 # # # # # # # # ==>60 51<== 51 50 58 51 53 51
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA 57 53 53 51 60 58

    Satellite transponders (16 total at 103º(ca))
    [National HD channels beamed from D12 satellite]
    1-8 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
    9-16 # # # # # # # # ==>29 32<== 28 37 25 30 21 33
    17-24 # # # # # # # # 21 29 24 35 0 33 0 38

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
    [National HD channels beamed from D10 satellite]
    1-8 # # # # # # # # ==>49 50<== 51 53 46 48 47 51
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA 42 40 44 46 42 41
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
     
  9. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Yes...those numbers need to be in the 88 or higher (preferably in the 90's) range.
     
  10. Eben

    Eben Legend

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    This all started because I had the shingles replaced on my roof and the roofers knocked the dish out of alignment. I came home the evening after installation and no signal. I did a quick az adjustment and got the signal back, but then saw those numbers and thought they were too low. So this weekend I spent some time trying to boost the numbers. I assumed I would have to fine-tune the az, so I started there, but a partial turn on the adjustment screw and the number went up a smidge and then started back down. So I turned the az back to the highest signal and then started on the elevation; a couple of turns on that adjustment screw and I had signals way up across the board, Nothing's lower than the 70's, most are in the 80's and 90's, and I even got a couple of 100's!
    Thanks all for the assist.
     

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