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This topic has probably already been addressed, but I'm not sure, so I wanted to check. I always outright purchase and install my own equipment (that way I don't have to sign new agreements and keep my "old" plans, nor pay rental/lease fees).

My current configuration:

2 PVR-501 receivers
1 Dish 300 with Dual LNB pointed at 61.5 (SkyAngel)
1 Dish 500 with Dual Twin LNB pointed at 110 and 119
2 SW-21 switches (combining Dish 300 and Dish 500 to each receiver)

Equipment on hand, but not yet in use or installed:

DPP-44 Switch
Superdish 121 (my locals are on 121 last time I checked, Rockford, IL.)

I have not yet invested in a HD television or receiver. However when I do, I will want to go with PVR receivers. I am interested in eventually getting dual tuner receivers (single TV) so I can record one show while watching another show, or recording 2 events at once.

What would be the *BEST* configuration for receiving the most satellite orbital locations and having the greatest capability for viewing the most channels when I eventually upgrade?

I had considered installing the Superdish 121 (110, 119, 121) and the Dish 300 (61.5) hooked up to the DPP-44 for 4 satellite view and keeping my SkyAngel channels and then having 4 (or if I trunk them, more) outputs to my various receivers in the house.

Is there a better way to do it in order to get more than just those satellites/transponders (even if it involves getting more equipment)?

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Evidently this is correct, according to DISH tech support.

I think I've just found out that I need to get a Dish 1000 plus antenna for looking at orbitals 110, 118.7, 119, and 129, and supposedly I can combine those with my 61.5 with the DPP-44 although I'm not sure how. Turns out my locals have been re-located to 110 and 119.

I don't know if I can still use my superdish or dish 500 reflector for either one. I'd rather find out for sure before I climb up on the roof and start punching holes once again.

I welcome your input and/or suggestions.

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James Long said:
The DPP44 only takes four inputs ... you have listed five.
Yes, but the 118.7 and 119 are on the same output, then the 110, and 129 so it only has 3 cable outputs, and combine that with the 61.5 and I should (I think) be receiving 5 orbital locations.

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James Long said:
Sorry for the correction (better now than later) but 119 and 118.7 are separate outputs from the LNB. It isn't like a DP Twin where one output can see either 119 or 110 (yet even with that LNB, you need both outputs fed separately to a switch).
Thanks! I was NOT aware of that.. thus the reason I'm asking questions.

I guess my main thing is that whatever configuration I use, and although I do not have HD yet, since I'm willing to hook up the DPP-44 and punch new holes in the roof, I want to do it right the first time and not have to change stuff around few months later.

I guess the main thing is what satellite orbitals are going to offer me the MOST capabilities (though I may not subscribe to them all) for future use?

I have also picked up (today) two single DP LNB's (one for my dish-300 pointed at 61.5) and the other I was going to use for the 110 side of the SD-121.

So this changes the equipment I have available:

Currently installed:
Dish 300 (legacy dual LNB) pointed at 61.5
Dish 500 (DP Twin [dual, not quad output] LNB) pointed at 110 and 119
2 PVR 501 receivers.
2 SW-21 switches (connected to to 500 and 300) to each receiver.

On hand, not installed:
DPP-44 w/power inserter
SD-121 w/FSS/119 LNB
Spare 121 FSS/119 LNB
2 single DP LNB's

Someone has told me that there is a way to upgrade the SD-121 to a SD-1000+ using a dish 500+ re-aim kit and then a side bracket or something? I can't seem to find any information or pricing on these though.

Brian
 
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