Get All HBOs Except 501 & 509

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  1. Sep 7, 2019 #1 of 14
    philherz

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    Getting a new roof (in Buffalo, NY) and they tried to put the dish back in the same spot. I watched 101 signal strength and thought I was OK, but I see I'm missing some channels, including 501 & 509. (502-508 are all OK)

    Which signal strength should I be looking at to get those back?

    thnx

    PS: Signal Strength Test shows:

    101 All Good
    99 (ca) Low
    99 (cb) Low
    99 (s) No Readings
    103 (s) No Readings
    103 (ca) No Readings / Some Low
    103 (cb) Low
     
  2. Sep 7, 2019 #2 of 14
    jimmie57

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    Don't pay any attention to the ones with the "s" after the number. Those are spot beams.
    The channels 501 and 509 are on the 99 ca satellite.
    101 should be all in the 90's and some even 100 for the dish to be aligned properly.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2019 #3 of 14
    philherz

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    Here's 101:

    95 95 94 45 94 96 93 96
    92 94 93 0 95 97 95 97
    95 0 95 0 95 97 95 97
    94 0 94 99 94 97 94 97

    Here's 99 (ca):

    N/A...........................
    0 24 0 26 0 25 0 19
    0 20 0 18 0 20 0 22
    N/A...........................

    Looks like the roofer has to move the dish to do a better job getting 99 (ca) lined up, right?

    thnx
     
  4. Sep 7, 2019 #4 of 14
    jimmie57

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    The adjustments on the mount should allow for the small tweaking needed to get the numbers up.
    I would try changing the elevation a little bit down first and record the numbers, then go back and up if the numbers get worse. Just move it about the width of a pencil mark and give it a few seconds to change, then move it again.
     
  5. Sep 7, 2019 #5 of 14
    MysteryMan

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    The roofer can't realign your dish, he can only move it. Call DIRECTV and have a tech come out and realign your dish.
     
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  6. Sep 7, 2019 #6 of 14
    philherz

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    I should clarify....the roofer hasn't anchored the dish yet. He had to move it to put down the new shingles and he put it back exactly where it started as best as he could. He kept moving it slightly while I watch the Signal Strength for 101 and did a pretty good job getting more than half the channels.

    If he keeps moving it slightly while i watch 99 (ca), might he get it to where it should be before he anchors it down?

    OR should I just tell him to leave it and let a D* come and do everything?

    If he anchors it and I need to make fine adjustments, I can easily reach if from a step ladder.
     
  7. Sep 7, 2019 #7 of 14
    jimmie57

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    I would let him anchor it
    and then use the fine adjustments and see what I could do with it.
    If that fails, you can then call them to come adjust it.
    Use a marker and mark each axis before starting and you can then go back to them if you make it worse.
    I am a machinist and I have installed 2 of my past dishes and realigned 1 of mine. The guy that put up the last one got it perfect and I have not messed with it.
     
  8. Sep 7, 2019 #8 of 14
    philherz

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    Good suggestion......I'll give that a try!
     
  9. Sep 7, 2019 #9 of 14
    jimmie57

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    Watch this video.
    The difference is that you will not have a gage, you will be using the readings on your TV.
    dithering a directv dish - Bing video
     
  10. philherz

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    I climbed up a ladder with my wrench and kept adjusting the 2 screws while my wife yelled thru the open window if the Signal Strength was getting better or worse. After about 15 minutes, both 101 and 99(ca) had readings >88 and all channels seem to be coming in fine.

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!!!!!
     
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  11. philherz

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    So, a week later, my readings are:

    100- All 98-100 except for a couple that are 55-73.
    99 (ca) are all 89-94

    All channels come in fine, but (as always) I've noticed that we've lost the signal twice during storms and I'm not sure if it's the same as before or maybe a little more sensitive to the rain?

    I'm wondering whether I should climb back up and try to get 99 (ca) a little higher?
     
  12. jimmie57

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    That could prove to be difficult. I have a transponder or 2 that are at 89.
    The rain / storms have different density in the clouds and that is where the interference comes into play. It is not actually the rain. That is also the reason it can knock out your TV and not be raining at all at your house.
     
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    Depending on your location you may not get higher. Plus getting those 89’s to 90-94 is not going to make a difference
     
  14. philherz

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    That's kinda what i was thinking, but thought I'd ask!

    thnx
     
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