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Installer dropped my old dish and now...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by aseadsea, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. aseadsea

    aseadsea New Member

    Jul 24, 2012
    My old slimline 5lnb dish for directv was dropped from about 6 feet by the installer of the new dish with SWM. Now I am trying to reuse this dropped dish outside of my trailer. I am using a hr20 100 and a SD tv. I get no signal on any transponders on the 99, 103, 101, but I do get solid 95's on three transponders on the 110 and 3 in the 80's on the 119. Using dual tuner and multiswitch settings on Sat. setup. If the dish was bent could this cause this issue?
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Doubtful. Sounds like you are pointed at the wrong satellite, unless the dish is bent REALLY bad. Aim it at 101 first.
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    your dish is garbage. any minor dent or ding to the slimline dish will render it unusable, specially if you are using it with an HD receiver
  4. boukengreen

    boukengreen Legend

    Sep 22, 2009
    yea my grandfather barley dinked ours while mowing last month and we had to get a completely new dish and lnb and i couldn't tell it was dent until the tech pointed it out to me
  5. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    I have to agree with Davenlr. Your immediate problem is that you probably aren't aiming the dish correctly and you have your settings wrong most likely. Unless you have a separate international dish and a WB68 you shouldn't have 95 even showing up.

    A damaged dish will cause problems getting signal correctly on all the sats you need but it should be more than sufficient to pull in all the SQ channels on 101 if that is all you need. The HD channels from 99/103 are much weaker and more sensitive to proper alignment/damaged dish.
  6. wallfishman

    wallfishman Icon

    Dec 31, 2008
    ive seen lots of bent dishes. They all can still get perfect signal on the 101 and the 99 and 103 will only get to 70s and 80s. Id agree with these guys that your pointing at the wrong sattelite.
  7. aseadsea

    aseadsea New Member

    Jul 24, 2012
    Ok, so if I am standing behind the dish looking at the sky the 101 Sat. would be to the left? And if so how much? For my Zip it calls for Elev of 38 azimuth of 131.9 tilt is 114. Zip is 95542. If the lnb was also dropped (i did not see if it was) could it be toast?
  8. jimmie57

    jimmie57 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 26, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    You can see the line on a map at dishpointer.com.
    I just looked at it using your zip and the line runs parallel to the west coast of the USA down the peninsula.
  9. TigersFanJJ

    TigersFanJJ Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    Same here. Saw one recently that that went through a hail storm. The signal levels were good enough to pass IV, but I replaced the reflector anyway because it looked like someone took a baseball bat to it.

    I've seen others that look perfect, but won't get levels above the 70s.

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