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Success with a self-realignment!!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by kentuck1163, Sep 20, 2007.

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  1. ChrisPC

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    You should be able to get a better signal in South MS. I grew up there and we always got 90+ after a little tweaking.
     
  2. K4SMX

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    I'm not saying that will happen, it just might happen. Then you have to dither, but not much.
     
  3. kentuck1163

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    Just keep switching back and forth between satellites on your receiver to check strengths. In my case, I didn't have signals go down on ANY of the satellites when I adjusted to 103(b). Of course - one caveat - I don't get HD locals yet, so I'm not sure what satellite those are spot-beamed from.
     
  4. Steve

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    Agree. Just meant that if I understood you correctly and both 99 and 103 are about equidistant from the middle, seems if you peak the one to the right, you'd be pulling away from the one to the left, and vice-versa. /steve
     
  5. kruegs

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    Absolutely fantastic thread! I too had low signal readings on 103b... in the mid 70's. Mustered up the courage to climb the ladder after reading this and watching the video on Solid Signal a few times. Raised my levels to mid 90's on most transponders with only three in the mid 80's. Thanks!
     
  6. kruegs

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    Oh yeah, forgot to mention... was able to use my laptop up on the roof with the slingbox running. Great way to check signal strength!!
     
  7. packfan909

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    I was getting around 60% on 103(b). About two full turns on the elevation brought up the signal 20 whole points!!!

    My 101 is now dialed in a lot better!

    Thanks for the help Radio Enginerd.

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  8. loudo

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    I ran a coxial cable from the RF out of the receiver to a small portable TV, in the back yard, next to the dish. Tune in the signal meters and that works great to peak a disk.
     
  9. Jeremy W

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    What DirecTV HD receiver do you have that has an RF out?
     
  10. garoo

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    Ok, after reading this thread today I got up the nerve to adjust my Dish...and I am very happy with the results.

    101 - Started out with 88-93 on most and after I have 95 and up with two showing 100 :D (although I had zeros on 4, 12, 20, & 28 prior I actualy have a 24 now on #4 and still have zeros on the rest)

    110 - Started with 79, 86, & 82 on 8, 10 & 12 and ended with 93, 93, & 95

    119 - Started with 82-95 on 22 to 32 and ended with 89 to 100 :hurah:

    99b - Started with 92, 62, 95,0,92,61 on 1-8 and ended with 98,91,100,

    103a - all zeros before and after

    103b - before 1-8 ; 79,61,76,61,77,60,74,60
    9-16 ; 76,60,74,59,76,59, N/A, N/A
    17 ; 80 and 22; 16

    after - 1-8; 91,90,90,90,90,90,88,91
    9-6; 91,91,89,91,92,93,N/A,N/A
    17; 95 and 22; 94

    This may not be the best it can be but I'm happy with the results. If I can do it anyone can...save yourself some $ :lol: It did take maybe an hour to adjust and it wasn't really all that hard. Thanks to all the tips i'm good to go. :D

    One another note I went to my dads house today with a B Band Converter and tested his H20 and he's good to go. His 103b had 95s on most of the TPs. :eek2:
     
  11. loudo

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    I used the A/V out of my H20 into an Radio Shack RF modulator, and the RF (Coxial Outputt) to the TV outside. Sorry I forgot to mention that in the first post.

    I guess if you had a long A/V cable you could also run it, to a TVs A/V input. Just realized how old that RF Modulator is, it has the old radio Shack "Archer" name on it. Mine is old, but here is their newer model: http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...f+converter&kw=rf+converter&parentPage=search
     
  12. K4SMX

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    Looks like some big improvements being made, guys!


    Well, yes, but not normally. Only if the physical construction of your dish was a little out of spec should they not peak simultaneously. I don't really know for sure why it happens, I have just seen it happen. We're only talking a point or two. NBD.

    That is truly hardcore.
     
  13. TomMac

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    Made some azimuth and elevation adjustments today most of 103a/b are in the 80's-90's. My tilt is supposed to be 70 it is sitting at 90 and the mast is not vertical.
     
  14. K4SMX

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    You might enjoy reading the latest posts in this thread, if you haven't seen them.
     
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