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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by steve4712, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Jun 8, 2011 #1 of 25
    steve4712

    steve4712 New Member

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    for the pass 2weeks i lose my hd channels on one of my box hr- 24 from 11am to 6pm .why would it do that.my other box is fine.
     
  2. Jun 8, 2011 #2 of 25
    say-what

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    Have you tried moving the box to a different location that works to see if the problem stays with the box?

    Could be a bad/lose cable that loses contact during daytime heating
     
  3. Jun 8, 2011 #3 of 25
    Stuart Sweet

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    Also, you might wish to check your satellite levels when it is happening.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2011 #4 of 25
    alnielsen

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    The sun is eclipsed by the satellite plus bad dish alignment? (just a wild ass guess)
     
  5. Jun 8, 2011 #5 of 25
    harsh

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    Solar interference for 101W is usually late February to early March and the first couple weeks of October.

    http://www.satellite-calculations.com/SUNcalc/SUNcalc.htm
     
  6. Jun 8, 2011 #6 of 25
    Athlon646464

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    That's how I figured it out with help here.

    This may not be your issue, but it happened to me just as you are describing. I ended up removing 6 trees from my property.

    The trees grew into the path of my signal, just about blocking some sats with some HD channels. It was weird, because they would only be blocked during the day at first, and never in the winter.

    Here is what I discovered. The leaves tend to have more moisture on them at night, so they were actually sagging out of the way. As they dried off in the daytime sun, they would spring up just enough to block the signal.

    I had to hire someone with a really big one of these to fix the issue:

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jun 8, 2011 #7 of 25
    litzdog911

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    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)
    [Not present with Slimline3 dish. 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)
    [Not present with Slimline 3 dish. Local SD channels for some cities, Spanish package]
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA # # #
    25-32 # # # # # # # #

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

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 99º(c)) [or 99º(a)]
    [National HD channels]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA
    [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
    9-16 NA NA NA NA NA NA # #
    17-24 # # # # # # # #
    [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 # # # # # # # #
    17-24 # # # # # # # #

    Satellite transponders (14 total at 103º(cb)) [or 103º(b)]
    [National HD channels beamed from D10 satellite]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # # # # # # NA NA
    17-24 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

    Satellite transponders (9 total at SWM)
    [You'll only see this if you have a Single Wire Multiswitch (SWM) dish]
    1-8 # # # # # # # #
    9-16 # NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
     
  8. Jun 8, 2011 #8 of 25
    MysteryMan

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    Beerstalker

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    He's losing these for 7 hours though, I really wouldn't think the sun could be causing that. The sun moves a long way across the sky in 7 hours.

    Now the heat from the sun, etc. could be an issue as 11am to 6pm would pretty much be the warmest hours of the day on most days.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    But that CME is generally causing a glancing blow, and he'd have to be pretty far north for any possibility of an effect. I don't think it actually would. If it were powerful enough to disrupt reception, there'd likely be other issues, or worst case, we'd all have issues. But I think it was classified as an S-1 radiation storm, which is minor.

    Plus, he wont have been having this issue consistently for two weeks.
     
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    Current Solar Storm has been classified M-2 (Medium).
     
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    M2 flare, S1 storm.
     
  13. litzdog911

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    It's not the sun. And it's not solar flares.
     
  14. steve4712

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    I have a serviceman coming saturday.I have the protection plan so what the heck.thanks again everone.Iwill let you know what was wrong.been with d-tv for 15 years never had a problem.
     
  15. paulman182

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    This happens on one of my receivers, too, since hot weather got here.

    The signal levels on the weaker satellites (99, 103) drop to nothing on one of my receivers.

    I think it is a heat-related problem with the multi-switch, but I haven't had time or inclination to really troubleshoot it.
     
  16. mccleway

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    I've noticed something very similar happening with my setup. A few of the HD channels have gotten very pixelated over the past few days. I checked my sat levels and the 103(ca) is sitting at around 49% when I notice problems. At first I thought my dish might have been bumped, but I'm starting to think it's solar activity causing it.

    Anyone else having issues?
     
  17. mccleway

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    Disregard. I just went out and did some tweaking on the dish alignment and all satellites are above 90% now. Not sure how it got out of alignment.
     
  18. jstewartgt

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    I had this happen a few years back as well. I had a technician come out and he couldn't find any issues with alignment. Happened again and would always happen when my wife was home and I wasn't. I finally talked a technician into putting in a new LNB and never had the problem again.

    I figured it could have been moisture getting in the LNB and as the sun heated up it was causing distortion on the LNB lens.
     
  19. paulman182

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    Might have been the problem in your case, but not in those that only affect one receiver.
     
  20. jstewartgt

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    Good point...I should have read that more carefully. In my cases all three receivers had the same issue at the same time
     

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