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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by michaelyork29, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

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    103b is in the high 80's (most) to mid 90's (a few) for me here in central Iowa.
     
  2. techrep

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    That baby needs a good tweaking. Get the 103b signal strength readings up to the mid 80's our (higher) and adjust tilt (if needed) for 119, and all the other sats will be at or near peak.
     
  3. Erniem

    Erniem New Member

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    Hi,

    I just checked my other signal strengths

    101 goes from 63 - 95
    110 83-87
    119 80 - 95

    I think these look normal.
     
  4. techrep

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    They are good but will likely improve, a little, if you fine tune 103b.

    The 103b sat signal "appears narrower" to the dish and requires a more precise tuning for maximum signal strength.
     
  5. Matt9876

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    I agree with Techrep fine tuning on 103(b) is the best overall alignment tool you can use, as long as the mount pole is level and dish tilt is set correctly.

    Cell phone or two way radio comes in handy for 103(b) fine tune.

    Get the highest numbers you can for 103(b), some LNBs just work better!

    Side car dish 70 to 85

    Slimline with CalAmp LNB 72 to 85

    Slimline with WNC LNB 89 to 100


    If you have 5 transponders below 70 you could probably use an alignment,this will help reduce rain fade issues and increase overall stability.
     
  6. Erniem

    Erniem New Member

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    Thanks, I will need to call DirecTv to come out and align, I do not have the protection. WIll they charge me for this alignment?

    My roof is very steep and I do not like going up there.
     
  7. Matt9876

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    Call the folks that installed the dish and see if they can do it for you. This dish when place high can be a pain to get adjusted properly. It may cost $.


    Please don't do this yourself unless you have watched the adjustment / alignment videos and are skilled with tools to do this properly.

    Matt
     
  8. Gmaxx

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    I had similar signal strength on 103b and would get no signal at all with the slightest rain. I called D* and they wouldn't come out and realign the dish unless I called in when the rain fade was happening. It went about 3 weeks before it rained here at night when I was home before I called it in. They set up an appointment for me and when the installers arrived it took them all of 30 seconds to see that the slimline dish was mounted on the wrong mast and not secured with two support arms as it should be. He took it down and installed the correct mast and support arms, and reinstalled the dish. I now have almost all of my signal strengths in the 90's on all sats save for a few here and there, which are probably spot beams.
     
  9. Erniem

    Erniem New Member

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    Thanks everyone I will call in to DirecTv, I have a first generation dish they must have not aligned it correctly.
     
  10. Steve Robertson

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    That is funny because they wouldn't do anything for me until the rain stopped for 24 hours. I got into a very heated discussion with them and finally went to retention and they took care of me in about 5 minutes.
     
  11. michaelyork29

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    They're coming to realign tomorrow...will let everyone know what happens...
     
  12. fhedrick

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    I have great pictures from all the new HD channels except I get 'searching for satellite' on 639-1, 648-1 and 669-1. Anyone else have this problem? D* technical said these channels all come from 103 and a service tech is being sent. These may all be part time RSNs and I'm wondering if they are shutdown except for certain periods of time.
     
  13. michaelyork29

    michaelyork29 Godfather

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    Don't -1's come from your OTA?
     
  14. fhedrick

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    Yes, but some of D*s HD channels also have -1s, including Food Channel, HGTV, NBA and some of the RSNs.
     
  15. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

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    Can't agree with your numbers. I have an AT-9 "sidecar" dish and get mid to high 90s on everything on 103(b). The only thing we seem to know is that some people with CalAmp LNBs seem to get lower numbers.
     
  16. repulski

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    New slimline 5lnb in western IA and here are my results for

    103(a) 0 0 0 0 0 0

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    103(b) 87 86 87 86 83 87 84 86
    85 89 85 88 85 92
    92 94

    99(b) 80 0 81 0 0 0 0

    Is this normal? Local HD not available in my area. Thanks
     
  17. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    Welcome to DBSTalk

    Your signals look fine. My 103b is just like yours and don't have any problems. I would like to have a few more 90's and I will probably have it realigned at some point but you should be ok.

    Since you don't receive your locals in HD through DirecTV 103a and 99b are fine. Since 103a and 99b are only spot beam SAT's you are not close enough to a city using 103a and that is why you are getting all 0's. You are close to a city that is using 99b and that is why you are getting a signal on some transponders.
     
  18. repulski

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    What does it mean when you test on tuner 2 and nothing happens?
     
  19. Michael D'Angelo

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    Do you have a 2nd line connected to tuner 2?
     
  20. repulski

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    Yes I do
     
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