Signal loss on 129° (Problem resolved)

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Lincoln6Echo, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. VDP07

    VDP07 Godfather

    Feb 22, 2006
    An unexpected but welcome side effect of the outage. Besides the many customer calls I received yesterday afternoon from my existing customers, I picked up 4 new customers who found and called us when they couldn't get through to Dish's 800 number to set up service.:)
  2. JSIsabella

    JSIsabella AllStar

    Oct 20, 2006
    Check all your timers!

    Mine were really off.

    I did a power off reset to get the program guide to reload, but there was some strange timers set to fire. Many old episodes got scheduled to re-record, and there were some random 4 hour blocks of HBO and BBC that were in the schedule. I have no idea why.

    I went through the entire nine day schedule and cleaned it up.

    Did any of you have this problem?
  3. chris83

    chris83 Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    Did so; it's gradually filling in. Thank you!
  4. ZBoomer

    ZBoomer Icon

    Feb 21, 2008
    Thanks for the link, I forgot it was the season premier...just a note however that your link is to the season finale from last season...the new episode is there however.
  5. MPH711

    MPH711 Cool Member

    Jun 1, 2005
    Local HD's are back in Chicago...uploading new guides now since locals only showed 90 minutes of listings.
  6. 722921

    722921 Legend

    Jan 3, 2008
    Yet another reason for OTA locals as a recording preference, besides better signal and picture quality.
  7. Dave

    Dave Icon

    Jan 28, 2003
    The scroll would be a good idea but! Mine and just about all Dish receivers just say to do a hard reset. Unliug receiver for 10 seconds and plug back in. Then if no help this way call Dish. I don't believe Dish can send out a message to the receiver when they are down like this. So therein lies the problem in these situations with a major outage. Remember only the 129 sat was effected.
  8. prm1177

    prm1177 Cool Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Does anyone here, besides me, think it is semi-miraculous that we can beam hundreds of TV channels 22,236 miles into space and back, to a 1 meter dish consistently and reliably?

    The fact is, it's amazing to me stuff like this doesn't happen more often. Congrats to the DISH team for diagnosing the issue and repairing as quickly as they did.

    I'm betting one of the signals they sent to the bird was, "A repair technician will be there between 8AM and 1PM". :)
  9. 4bama

    4bama Godfather

    Aug 6, 2006
    Got this message from Dish Network a few minutes ago...and, btw, all HD locals from B'ham were restored about 10am.

    "Good news! DISH Network has successfully resolved the interruption affecting the 129 orbital satellite location. Your HD channels have been fully restored. Again, we sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience and loyalty with DISH Network."

    Hopefully we will eventually be told what caused the outage..
  10. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    If it was some exotic event, I'd find it interesting to know. If it was because someone's elbow brushed the wrong switch, I'd rather not know.;)
  11. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    My HD channels went out at 5PM until 7:30 PM. However I had SD.
  12. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    Is the 129 satellite working or dead? I see that a lot of channels are being switched around. Are they putting all the channels that were on 129 on other satellites in the Western Arc?
  13. rmwjrsc

    rmwjrsc New Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    I had 61.5 go out three times last night....was that related?
  14. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    For what it's worth...

    Early this morning everything was back... including LiLs... but then at some point during the morning I noticed my LiLs were gone again.

    Eventually they came back, but no EPG for them. That's weird, because when they originally came back they still had EPG.

    Anyway, fingers crossed they are done with the tinkering now.
  15. 4bama

    4bama Godfather

    Aug 6, 2006
    Everything on 129 is working the way it was before the outage, including HD took a little longer to get all the HD locals going because of the many spot beams involved...the CONUS channels were fixed before daylight.

    After my HD locals were restored I had to do a check-switch and get a new guide downloaded, after that things are the same as before the outage.

    Still hope someone finds out and posts the cause of the outage, whether operator error, solar flares, failure at the up-link facility or an on-board satellite problem...:confused:
  16. runner861

    runner861 Icon

    Mar 20, 2010
    I have a 211 and two 622's with the locals mapped down and HD-only preference for the display of the locals on mapdown. When 129 was down, my mapdowns shifted to the SD stations. However, timers that I had during the period that 129 was down did not record. The timers were set to HD-preference and were tied to the mapped down numbers.

    Does this mirror the situation with others?
  17. bnborg

    bnborg Icon

    Jun 3, 2005
    Although I seemed to have all my channels, I was still seeing "no-info" on a lot of them. So this afternoon I did a test-switch to force an EPG DL. Now, I not only have the guide information but all my timers came back.
  18. 4bama

    4bama Godfather

    Aug 6, 2006
    Yes, I have the local CBS HD channel set to record the Ferguson late-late show (11:35pm local time) and it did not switch to the SD channel, so the show did not record. My OTA timers for Leno and Fallon did record correctly.
  19. runner861

    runner861 Icon

    Mar 20, 2010
    I notice you have a Winegard on a 70-foot tower. Can you post a picture? How did you build it? Over what distance can you receive reliable reception?
  20. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I should have mentioned this yesterday... but for those of you (like me) who have a 922 receiver... there is no way to force an EPG download... so you just have to wait until the nightly update to refresh EPG.

    I think the 922 is the only current model in service that you can't force an EPG update by running the checkswitch OR skipping ahead in the EPG on a "No Info" channel.

    I don't know why that feature is not in the 922... but if you have a 922, don't beat your head into the ground trying to force your EPG to update.

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