Can AIM meters be used by amateurs?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by SalmonGuy22, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Seattle's locals are SD only, coming from 101W
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    post signal levels for 101W from your receiver setup screen
     
  3. SalmonGuy22

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    --And yes j
    Don't have the model number at the moment but will have in a couple days. Sorry.
     
  4. jimmie57

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    Yes, you can receive SD channels on the HD dish and receivers. Make sure have it set so that it shows the SD channels and not using the choice that shows only HD channels. You can do this in Settings, Display. Set it to Hide SD Duplicates.
     
  5. SalmonGuy22

    SalmonGuy22 New Member

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    Here are the readings I had....
    directv readings.JPG
     
  6. SalmonGuy22

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    Will definitely give that a try although I believe i played with that setting when we were struggling to set it up. Great tip--thank you!
     
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    directv readings.JPG
     
  8. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    I would tweak the dish ... some transponders should be close to 100, especially #18

    you forgot to post the model ID - it's on Systeminfo page
     
  9. bflora

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    If your receiver isn't authorized for the locals where the dish is, you won't get them!
     
  10. P Smith

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    Subscription is a second step.
    First need to aim the dish, get SS higher as possible, then check EPG for the local channel, do try to select them and IF it would require subbing, then proceed to that...
    But a general sequence is determined as I wrote.
     
  11. SalmonGuy22

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    The model ID of the receiver is HR24-500. Let me know if you need other info.
     
  12. SalmonGuy22

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    Thanks. According to a spreadsheet with satellite info, the local channels I want are on 99W. With the current signal strength numbers i posted for 101, do you think I should be getting 99W channels?

    What does "subbing" mean / how do I do it (if the earlier steps don't fix it). Also, how do I get Directv to authorize local channels where the dish is? Will they care that the subscription address is different?
     
  13. James Long

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    Subbing is subscribing ... the only legal way of watching subscription content.

    DIRECTV cannot authorize service where your dish is actually located. The service address can be different from the billing address (normally due to mailing addresses not matching physical addresses). But both addresses must be in the US where DIRECTV sells service.
     
  14. P Smith

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    may be - post screenshot with SS for all 99W screens; I wold imagine 99W SS is low;
    yes, need a subscription eg you must pay for channels of your desire
    well, you could say you are in your cabin for another months (but on US soil nearby)
     
  15. SalmonGuy22

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    The box was meant to be used at the vacation property (we have two properties) on US soil and did get the local channels at one point. Does moving the box require a call to Directv to get an update that enables the local channels? We do subscribe to them and get them at home as well. Again, all of our neighbors at the cabin get locals with no issues.

    I won't be able to post 99w SS for a couple weeks until i get back up there.

    I also bought an AIM meter but can't get anyone to tell me how hard they are to use / step by step guidance on how to use it. I'm hoping that will help us improve SS and solve the issue. (yes, foolish to buy it without knowing the answer but am beyond frustrated with this issue and pro installers are hours away)
     
  16. bflora

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    You say: "We do subscribe to them and get them at home as well." They have to be the same local channels at home that you want to get at your new location. Locals generally use spot beams and can only be received within a certain area.
     
  17. slice1900

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    If it was moved far enough that it is in a different market area (meaning the local CBS, ABC, etc. stations that serve the location are different) then yes Directv will need to reflect the change in location on your account. An account can have one and only one service address associated with it.

    Because of that, a change in service address will affect ALL receivers on your account regardless of where they are located. That means if you have some receivers at your house and one or more at your cabin on the same account, and those locations are far enough apart, it may not be possible to receive locals on receivers at both locations. The only way around that would be a separate account for the cabin.
     
  18. SalmonGuy22

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    Helpful, thanks. Yes, trying to get the same locals as at home. Locations are at the same latitude and about 100 miles apart. All our neighbors can get the locals at the vacation property. Other ideas?
     
  19. jimmie57

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    I would start by talking to one of your neighbors to see what LNB, settings, etc. they are using.
     
  20. SalmonGuy22

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    Helpful, thanks. Yes, trying to get the same locals as at home. Locations are at the same latitude and about 100 miles apart. All our neighbors can get the locals at the vacation property. Other ideas?
    The two closest ones are both using the single wire 5 LNB whereas we are using the 3 LNB. Might we benefit from getting a 5 LNB? Sorry I'm so clueless on this stuff.
     

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