Bad Signal on certain channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV SD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bud33, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Bud33

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    Recently, certain channels have a broken signal or give me a searching for signal error.
    SyFi is one of the channels and a number of the Show-time channels.. (532,538,539,544 and 545)'
    This may not be the only channels but it is the ones I have noticed...
    This all started around the time the show-time channels were enabled on my R-15 500. It was a Thank You from DTV.
    Anyone have an idea as to what is happening????
     
  2. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Check and post all of your signal strengths to start. There are many possibilities. Tell us about your setup. Dish type? Do you have a multiswitch?
    Have you checked the wires?
     
  3. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a template you can use ....
    Do you other DVRs or Receivers? Do they have the same problem?

    Please post back with your signal readings for each satellite's transponders (and both tuners if applicable). You'll find these readings under "Menu" -> "Setup" -> "System Setup" -> Satellite -> "View Signal Strength". Note the "+" and "-" symbols next to the "Satellite" and "Tuner" entries where you can toggle the readings between the various satellites and both DVR tuners.

    Fill in your readings for each satellite and tuner using these examples. A properly aligned dish will show 80-90s on most of the relevant transponders (although some will be low or zero):


    Satellite transponders (32 total at 101º)
    [Most of your standard definition channels are beamed from 101ºW]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # # # # # # # #
    17-24 # # # # # # # #
    25-32 # # # # # # # #

    Satellite transponders (3 total at 110º)
    [A few HD channels, also beamed from 99 & 103º]
    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 NA NA NA NA NA # # #
    25-32 # # # # # # # #
     
  4. Bud33

    Bud33 Legend

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    Thanks for the responses. To answer the questions (the best I can), I have an old round dish with two outputs feeding two receivers. I guess the dish feeds a multi switch which distributes the two cables to the to receivers of which one is using both receivers and the other, just one cable and one receiver.
    Signal on the chart varies from time to time. when I took it it was like this
    101 a Tuner 1
    1-8 84 85 62 0 62 66 57 89
    9-16 74 84 80 45 81 67 54 85
    17-24 57 0 76 70 43 83 50 61
    25-32 72 0 54 98 37 59 56 68

    When I took the sig strength from the meters
    they looked like this

    1=83 9=69 16=84 24= 80 32=90
    2=84 10=81 17=73 25=70
    3=80 11=78 18=0 26=0
    4=0 12=40 19=71 27=51
    5=80 13=78 20=94 28=98
    6=86 14=87 21=52 29=0
    7=72 15=67 22=81 30=78
    8=86 23=64 31=63

    The 101 A is the only data I have.
    Hope this make some sense!!!
     
  5. timmmaaayyy2003

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    Based on your 101 numbers, it definitely looks like an alignment/cabling issue. Since you say it's an "old" dish, check your cable connections first. If those all look clean, see if you can realign your dish. As stated earlier, all signals from 101 should be in the 80's. Anything in the 50's is a problem.
     
  6. buloya

    buloya New Member

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    How i Know what channel are in the transponder? for example in 101 #1 ????? #2 ????? can help me please.

    Have a nice day
     
  7. litzdog911

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

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    It doesn't really matter. When you properly aligning the satellite dish, you're maximizing the signals from ALL of that dish's transponders, not just one of them.

    But if you really need to know ....
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=163183
     
  8. Bud33

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    Problem solved!!!!!
    The Repairman was here this morning. As soon as he saw the signal strength, he checked the LNB and sure enough, it was full of water.
    New LNB - - - GOOD Signal
     
  9. timmmaaayyy2003

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    Glad to hear you got it resolved. I was kinda wondering since your signal strenths were all over the place.
     

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