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Help with Dish 129 HD signal....

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by GioGambino, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    Naw, I don't want to burden the West Coast with my personal approach to life. And I'm not putting down anyone's work. I'm just a Murphy's Law guy who thinks if Plan A doesn't work Dish always should have a Plan B to immediately start implementing and which would accomplish nearly the same goals in a time frame fairly close to the Plan A time frame.

    I'm sure the Baikonur folks with their Proton's are just as talented and work just as hard as anyone in the rocket biz. They've had plenty of successes. But AMC 14 wasn't one of them and they are launching Ciel-2.

    And even if they successfully get by the potential 1-in-10 failure rate, it isn't a given that the satellite itself will work as planned.

    This is risky business. Echostar 5 is dying. Any major glitch and HD as we know it here in the Western Arc is in serious trouble. Some thought Plan B was Echostar 8 but I don't see how that would work particularly since it's already moving to 77° from 110°. So I'm looking around for a plausible Plan B.

    As a Dish customer for TV service, I really don't care if they deliver the signal by having some guy stand on top of a nearby mountain with aluminum foil on his head serving as a repeater. That's silly for a Plan B. Except that with regard to AMC 14's Plan B, it appeared that aluminum foil guy was as solid as anything they had ready to go.

    So I'm wishing for some luck with Ceil-2 for Dish, the retail service company that provides my TV signal. Because I think they need some good luck.:grin:
     
  2. GioGambino

    GioGambino Cool Member

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    It's funny, tonight I lost signal completely on 129. I was watching Monday Night Football on ESPN and we were just about to leave to go walk the dogs. Right when I was about to turn everything off the screen went blank and a info box came up and said lost signal on 129 or something of that nature.

    It then went through a 5 step process trying to get the signal back. That process was going slow so I left everything on and we went and walked the dogs. When I came back everything was back on. I hope the new bird is launched with success so this doesn't happen anymore. LOL!
     
  3. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    ESPNHD is on 110, not 129... except for Eastern Arc customers in which case it is on 61.5... so if you lost ESPNHD then you lost 110 as well.
     
  4. GioGambino

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    Oh, I see. Thanks for the info! Any idea why stuff like that happens? I live in San Diego and the weather was clear as can be. No rain or clouds last night.
     
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I didn't lose anything last night, so it wasn't a national thing... If there was no local weather to blame, then you might be seeing the beginnings of a developing problem if perhaps your dish is not optimally peaked. I once had a receiver where the tuners failed in it, and it started weeks before with signal loss at seemingly random times... Could also be LNB issues, switch issues (if you have one), or cabling troubles.

    Unfortunately it might be a "wait and see" situation to try and see if there is any pattern to when you are having problems.
     

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