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I have looked all over to try to find a listing of what HD locals are on what transponders. Does anyone know of where I can find one?
 

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levibluewa said:
We should all get together and file a claim using the Freedom of Information Act to get Directv to release the data :)
I think the case for the LiL spotbeams, as to "what specific transponder number" a particular feed is on is more problematic to answer than with the CONUS beams. Since you typically have multiple transponders using the same downlink frequency but assigned to different spotbeams.

For instance D10, 11 have up to 55 spotbeam transponders all of which share the same 10 downlink spotbeam frequencies.
 

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It is important you know what transponders your locals are on, when you are checking your signal strengths. I know when you look at the strengths of the spot beam satellites they are all over the place. I understand some may be spot beams for locals near you, but not yours. But it would be nice to see what transponders your locals are on, to check their signal strength.
 

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It is important you know what transponders your locals are on, when you are checking your signal strengths. I know when you look at the strengths of the spot beam satellites they are all over the place. I understand some may be spot beams for locals near you, but not yours. But it would be nice to see what transponders your locals are on, to check their signal strength.
I agree. I don't know why it is so secretive. I would like to know what transponders my locals are on because I could tweak them. Right now I have pixellation sometimes and there are also times I cannot pick up my HD signal at all. Sometimes for a 30-minute cycle the channels come in and out and it is very hard to watch. Most of the time they are very good.
 

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It is important you know what transponders your locals are on, when you are checking your signal strengths. I know when you look at the strengths of the spot beam satellites they are all over the place. I understand some may be spot beams for locals near you, but not yours. But it would be nice to see what transponders your locals are on, to check their signal strength.
Yeah, it's just the terminology of "transponder number" for the spotbeams is somewhat misleading. As it is not so much a question of which physical transponder your particular LiLs are using onboard the satellite, since there are several assigned to each downlink frequency. But what "transponder frequency," your specific spotbeam transponder is assigned to in the set allocated for them on each satellite. Laid out as 1 through 16 for D10, 11 (with 10 allocated) and Spaceway 1, 2 (with 6 allocated).
 

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Yeah, it's just the terminology of "transponder number" for the spotbeams is somewhat misleading. As it is not so much a question of which physical transponder your particular LiLs are using onboard the satellite, since there are several assigned to each downlink frequency. But what "transponder frequency," your specific spotbeam transponder is assigned to in the set allocated for them on each satellite. Laid out as 1 through 16 for D10, 11 (with 10 allocated) and Spaceway 1, 2 (with 6 allocated).
OK, when I look at my HR-20 700 and I see the readings from a satellite, which ones would my locals be on? That is all I am asking. I wish there was a list that would say something like 99A Transponder 2 is WXYZ from PittsburgH, WZXY from Houston and WZXY from Seattle. All spotbeamed to different locations but I could figure out that if I live in Houston and needed to tweak WZXY, I would know to look at transponder 2 on the display on my HR20. That way when I work on the dish I would try to improve the signal from 72 to 90 and I might be able to fix a problem and save Directv time and money - from sending a tech just on a tweaking issue. Just my 2 cents. :)
 

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Actually, WXYZ is out of Detroit, not Pittsburgh.

I would also agree knowing what birds/transponders each DMA's locals come from would be helpful. No idea its a big secret, although I know DMAs can change transponders from time to time.
 

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Actually, WXYZ is out of Detroit, not Pittsburgh.
LOL - I was just making an example wiseguy!:rolleyes:
 

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Check the 99 and 103 sats that have transponders 1-8, then some N/A's, and then some more transponders. Let them populate signal readings (most will be 0, or considerably lower than the Conus 99 and 103 readings. The ones that are 100% (or much higher than your conus readings on the matching satellite) are your locals, or locals and your neighbor cities, if you are close.
 

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Check the 99 and 103 sats that have transponders 1-8, then some N/A's, and then some more transponders. Let them populate signal readings (most will be 0, or considerably lower than the Conus 99 and 103 readings. The ones that are 100% (or much higher than your conus readings on the matching satellite) are your locals, or locals and your neighbor cities, if you are close.
That's assuming your dish is aligned correctly.
 

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Since so many of us have problems receiving our locals, I think D* should publish the birds and transponders that send these signals. We could check signal strength, align our dishes and maybe save D* some service calls. Why the big secret?
 
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