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Hi all. First post here. This looks like a great forum. I'm sure I can learn something here. I just upgraded my old dish and receiver to the new AU9 and an H20. I installed it myself using an Accutrac 22 Pro. All my stations look great....except for one. On occassion WBBM, Channel 2 in Chicago has a slight pixelation. All my other HD channels are fine. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

101 Transponders:
1-8: 74-71-72-0-71-75-71-68
9-16: 71-74-72-0-70-75-71-70
17-24: 61-100-62-0-71-71-72-69
25-32: 60-97-62-74-72-74-71-70

119 Transponders:
22-24: 71-62-71
25-32: 76-74-77-74-61-76-0-77
all the rest are n/a

110 Transponders:
8, 10, 12: 62-64-63
all the rest are n/a

103 Transponders: Network 14
1-6: 77-0-78-0-77-0

Also, I need to change my drop lines from the dish....raccoons chewed the coax up pretty good this summer. Do I really need a solid copper center conductor or can I get just as good a picture with the copper clad steel RG-6? My runs are all about 65 feet.

One last question for tonight....I noticed today that I have 2 channel 2's, 2 channel 5's and 2 channel 7's, 2 channel 9's, and 2 channel 32's. Is that because I'm paying for SD local package as well as the HD package? Can I cancel the SD local package and still get all my locals with the HD local package?

Thanks for your help
 

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Your channel 2 pixelation may be a station problem. Earl lives in Chicago, He may be able to shed better light on this for you. Maybe it's your rat chewed cable. But if it's on;y one channel taht's probably unlikely. I'm not as familiar w/ all the transponders and which ones should have the strongest siganls, so I'm pretty much useless on this issue.

You'll probably get a few conflicting responses. But most people, as do I, will probably stress the importance of solid copper core and not the use of copper clad steel.

You are getting the Standard Definition channels and the High Definition channels. You can't cancel the SD channels. (Not that I'm aware of anyway)
You can get into the setup of your receiver and remove those channels so you don't see them in the guide and of course w/ only one channel in the guide it will tune to the HD channel by default.

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Hi all. First post here. This looks like a great forum. I'm sure I can learn something here. I just upgraded my old dish and receiver to the new AU9 and an H20. I installed it myself using an Accutrac 22 Pro. All my stations look great....except for one. On occassion WBBM, Channel 2 in Chicago has a slight pixelation. All my other HD channels are fine. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

101 Transponders:
1-8: 74-71-72-0-71-75-71-68
9-16: 71-74-72-0-70-75-71-70
17-24: 61-100-62-0-71-71-72-69
25-32: 60-97-62-74-72-74-71-70

119 Transponders:
22-24: 71-62-71
25-32: 76-74-77-74-61-76-0-77
all the rest are n/a

110 Transponders:
8, 10, 12: 62-64-63
all the rest are n/a

103 Transponders: Network 14
1-6: 77-0-78-0-77-0

Also, I need to change my drop lines from the dish....raccoons chewed the coax up pretty good this summer. Do I really need a solid copper center conductor or can I get just as good a picture with the copper clad steel RG-6? My runs are all about 65 feet.

One last question for tonight....I noticed today that I have 2 channel 2's, 2 channel 5's and 2 channel 7's, 2 channel 9's, and 2 channel 32's. Is that because I'm paying for SD local package as well as the HD package? Can I cancel the SD local package and still get all my locals with the HD local package?

Thanks for your help
Are you getting the Digital WBBM through your satellite or via Antenna?

If it is satellite, then there is nothing that you can do about the pixilation and green effect. It has all to do with the mpeg4 data being translated on the box. DirecTV has been working to clean up the quality of the MP4 on the HR20 and believe me, it has improved over the past two months.

On your other question around the two channels. You can not cancel your SD channels and keep the HD channels. From what I understand, the HD channels are tied to your SD local channels. You can go into the Favorites feature and remove the un-needed channels.

Although, you may want to see your SD channels. Not all the programming on Digital TV is in HD. To save on drive space, network shows in 480P I just record the SD version of. These would be shows like "Deal or No Deal, " "Survivor" , etc. The drive can record a combination of 200 hours of SD and 30-50 hours of HD depending on the format. Plus, you can stretch out the shows on SD where you are stuck either zooming or having black/grey bars on HD. They are not the best for some tv's.

Good luck and enjoy!
 

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With 65 foot runs you will probably be okay with copper clad steel coax. However, given that you are going to replace it anyway, using the solid copper coax would tend to better "future proof" you.

Carl
 
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