Thanks John! David, you and Scott have gotten the same word. I'm looking at signal strengths and they all still look about the same as they did yesterday. Transponders 10 and 18 are relatively low, but they contain core programming.
Not everyone will see ANYTHING different at the moment, as the spots are not turned on for many areas.
You may see however in the next few weeks a ZERO strength reading on a transponder if that spot transponder does not server your area. (We are not sure how the Dish Receivers will handle this issue, I know they have been doing software updates to all the receivers making them spot beam ready.)
First thing this morning on my 2700 I was looking at the satellite signal strength screen and I noticed the word Spot Beam would appear for a second or so in place of the word Transponder on transponder 15.
Dave, It's been doing that for a while the past week on just about every TP. The spot TPs are 1,3,5,7,9. They are also configured as such 1&3, 5&7, 9. The beams also don't overlap like the adjacent beams do on DTV-4S. So the most you will see locked are 2 of the spot TPs. Some will see 1&3, others 5&7, some 9, quite a few none. Though E7 has 15 spotbeams only 13 of them are directed towards CONUS locations.
Canadians are kind of screwed on the spots. The only areas that have some signal reaching them are Vancouver/Victoria & Halifax. Even the beam that serves Detroit has been configured in such a way that those in Windsor will have problems.
I can't beleive that the spot would be so precise that the signal from the Detroit/GR spot wouldn't reach all of Winsor, On. We're talking the width of a winding river splitting Detroit and Windsor. I'd be willing to bet that the signal reaches the entire ontario penninsula. It would have to if the spot is going to reach Toledo.
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