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New Echostar 16 and spot beams-DIRT please

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by rlamp1, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. rlamp1

    rlamp1 New Member

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    I noticed the new echostar 16 satellite has 70+ spotbeams and many western
    DMAs are covered.

    Can anyone confirm from DIRT that Dish intends to use these beams for locals?

    I have an RV account and at times I can only use EA 1000.4 to receive signals due to line of sight issues with WA.

    Thanks
     
  2. P Smith

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  3. James Long

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

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    Intent is a good question ... the spot beams are there. The more useful spots fall on the east coast and midwest - traditional "Eastern Arc" regions but DISH has not simply ignored the west coast in the design. Most of the western spots on 61.5 would be fed from Spokane.

    While it would be possible for someone with the right line of sight to get 61.5 from the west coast or western states the Western Arc works better for most. So I would not expect most of those spots to be used for programming.
     
  4. P Smith

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    Time will tell.
     
  5. rlamp1

    rlamp1 New Member

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    James thanks for the response.
     
  6. rlamp1

    rlamp1 New Member

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    I get a very good signal here in Utah on the 61.5 and 72 sats, 77 is somewhat marginal
     
  7. boba

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    If you use a 1000.2 EA dish 77 dosen't exist.
     
  8. jscudder

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    When do you think E*16 will be put into service?
     
  9. James Long

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

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    Two weeks ago. :D
    (That is almost like a negative "soon".)

    There is still a lot of shuffling needed to move locals off of E*12 to E*16, but the process started on January 15th.
     
  10. P Smith

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    add Uplink reports to your favorite's list AND YOU'LL BE UP TO SPEED
     
  11. jscudder

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    I do watch that thread and saw moves to 61.5W on Jan 15th but Lyngsat isn't showing anything on E*16. I figured the moves went to either E*12 or E*15. Lyngsat used to be pretty good at keeping current.
     
  12. P Smith

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    Christian have hard time to follow reports ... he still did not update 58W tables for four months.
     
  13. James Long

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    I probably could have made it clearer that those spots were on E16 ... E12 isn't capable of transmitting on most of the transponders involved (only odd transponders 1-23 and 24) and E15 does not have spots - so they have to be E16 spots.

    Generally I leave the satellite names out of the reports. In some cases they are redundant ... Nimiq 5 is everything at 72.7, Ciel 2 is everything at 129, naming the satellite is not needed. In other cases one cannot tell which satellite is being used. Both E15 and E16 can cover the ConUS feeds from 61.5 and use the same transponder numbering for ConUS feeds. The orbital location is known and can be reported.
     

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