Echostar 61.5 bird

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  1. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    I live in NW Oregon and I have had Dish since 1999. I use the 1000.2 dish aimed at 110/119/129 and a wing dish to the 61.5. The reason I had the wing dish to the 61.5 is because of KBS World. Now that Dish has dropped it, I have been getting some programming off the internet. Do I still need that dish hooked up? Are there any PI channels on the 61.5, I do not receive on the 110/119/129? The reason I ask, is often when the same channel is on 2 different birds, it will lock onto the 61.5 which is weaker and I get rainfade being so close to the horizon. If I do not need the dish, I will diconnect it. I do all of my own work and I own the equipment. I can also move the dish over to the 118.75 and add a KU LNBF for International programming, but I do not see much Korean programming offer by Dish any longer. Thank you.

    Patrick
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    It seems that they've made the Pentagon channel available on WA so I'm not sure there's much unique there in terms of CONUS programming.

    Anik F3 is a FSS bird so it requires a rather large dish. I'm not sure you can fake having a Plus dish.
     
  3. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    The 61.5 wing dish is 30". I tried out the 18" dish back years ago and it worked, but too much rain fade. I bought the 30" and it works pretty good, but the 110/119/129 signals are better as the birds are much higher in the sky. I noticed 3ABN and MUN2 listed on the 61.5, but I never noticed them on other birds, but I do not watch either.

    Patrick
     
  4. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

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    I faced a similar question earlier this year when I replaced my roof. I had a 61.5 wing dish as well, originally installed for locals on 148 (remember those days?) then repointed to 61.5 for Classic Arts Showcase. CAS has moved to a mainstream satellite, and I couldn't find any reason to replace the wing after the roofers were done, so I left it off when Dish reinstalled my main dish. I don't know what I'm missing, so I suppose I made the right call. :grin:
     
  5. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Yes, I do remember the 148 bird. I had forgotten about it though. I do not see much on the 61.5 that is not available on the 129/119/110 group either. I guess I could go out and disconnect it and see if there is any difference in the line up. That is if I can remember it all. I can always connect it back up if I need it. It is easy to get to. Dish has so many channels now. I have AT250, Supers, and Blockbuster.

    Patrick
     
  6. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    I disconnected the LNBF on the 61.5 dish and I think I am only missing one Spanish language station in the 9400s. So there is little on there I do not get on the 110/119/129.
    I can easily hook it back up, if need in the future though.

    Patrick
     
  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Odd, I thought all the "national" channels on each arc were on both arcs.
     
  8. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    There are a few differences between the arcs, but not many. I added the 61.5 at one time for KBS World as it was not on the Western arc.But I have been using just the Western arc for the past couple of days. I don't see I am missing anything important and I now have the 129 popping on instead on the 61.5 (disconnected), so I will not be getting the rain fade.

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