I think you have a cable issue.DaveO said:I've had Primestar, I self-installed Dish 500 and then an added Dish for the 61 satellite. Then around 2000 I switched to D*. Only one SD receiver and one cable which was installed new by the installer. In July of '07 I had an HR20-100s installed along with a Slimline dish.
The installer spliced into the dual coax that was installed with the original Primestar installation in 1996 as it had been cut when the Primestar dish was removed. I have around an 80-85' run to the Slimline.
I had to call D* last fall for an alignment as channels were dropping out. I had them here again on July 28th this year and they found one of the legs to the tripod loose. Channels were coming in pixelated or searching for sat 771. Tightening the leg brought chanels back in and I have pretty good signal strength. There is no question of trees in the way (and agreed to by the installer).
Today channel 86 NY-7 was not watchable-dropped out and pixelated. I called D* tech support to see if I could get the cabling replaced. Well, as you might figure 86 was coming in fine when I called so he said call back next time I had a problem.
In the 80-85' run of cabling (12 year old cable), it has been spliced twice. Once at the dish and once at the house when they installed new siding.
Anyone think I might have a cable problem? I used proper coax connectors when I spliced at the house and have the proper tools to "crimp" the connectors. I'm wondering if I should push for new cabling from the dish right to the box. The shielding looked like it might be corroded a bit.