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I have a DishPro 500 dish with 625 and 311 receivers. I was thinking of getting HD and replacing the 500 with a 1000.2 and a 211K receiver to get 110/119/129, but I don't want to degrade the 110/119 signal strengths. So far my current setup has been very stable and I don't want to have dropouts.

Assuming I get a good installer, will the 110/119 signal strengths be affected when I swap the dishes?
 

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mlaviolette said:
I have a DishPro 500 dish with 625 and 311 receivers. I was thinking of getting HD and replacing the 500 with a 1000.2 and a 211K receiver to get 110/119/129, but I don't want to degrade the 110/119 signal strengths. So far my current setup has been very stable and I don't want to have dropouts.

Assuming I get a good installer, will the 110/119 signal strengths be affected when I swap the dishes?
man, 119 and 110 are the strongest Dish birds up there! you can afford to lose quite of bit of "signal" strength and not notice a thing.

what should be done with a 1000.2 dish is optimize it for the weak 129. if that is done, 119 and 110 come along just fine.

a better bet would be to leave the 500 Dish, put a Dish Pro Plus LNB on it, and set up another 500 dish pointed at 129 by itself. This is a much more reliable setup.
 

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do what TopCat says...keep the 110-119 on its dish, and get them to put up a second 18-24" dish pointed at the 129. Don't let the installer talk you out of it either. 2 dishes, period.
 

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mlaviolette said:
I have a DishPro 500 dish with 625 and 311 receivers. I was thinking of getting HD and replacing the 500 with a 1000.2 and a 211K receiver to get 110/119/129, but I don't want to degrade the 110/119 signal strengths. So far my current setup has been very stable and I don't want to have dropouts.

Assuming I get a good installer, will the 110/119 signal strengths be affected when I swap the dishes?
I'm certainly one of those that had the same decision to make. I was using my Dish 500 with DP Pro Twin LNB to get 110 and 119 with a very good signal on the two....no problems for the past six years with a Dish 508 and 301 receivers.
When it came time to consider HDTV, it became necessary to think what antenna would be best for the HD programming. I decided to install the 1000.2, paying $85.00 for a new 1000.2 from dealer on ebay... which taken three weeks to get shipped from the person. In between the delay...three weeks, I ordered a new Dish 500 with a DP Pro PLUS LNB.

When I received the 1000.2, it was installed some three feet from the older Dish 500. There were some(many doubts) thought that I had made a mistake installing the 1k2 dish, as trying to get sat 129 to come in was a pain. I never did get a real good signal on 129, and when I did, the signals on 110 and 119 came in less than desired. So, to decided to buy a DP dual LNB and remove the DP Pro Twin from the 500 dish, and install the Pro Plus. I moved the 1000.2 azimuth back more to wards the center of 110 and 119, and the signal increased considerably. I moved the 500 dish to 129, which now has a average signal. I covered the 129 LNB on the 1000.2 (permanently), and ran the RG6 coax from the DP Plus LNB on the Dish 500 to the "IN" port on the triple LNB of the 1000.2 antenna. Everything seems to be working very well as I write here.
 

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I tired the one dish, three satellite install and more often than not 129 signal levels would be in the 18 to 20 range and unmatchable much of the time. Kept haranguing E* to do something about it and they came out to install my locals and changed to two 500 dishes, one for 110 and 119 and the second they pointed at 61.5. No problems since!
 

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Austin's Dish HD Locals are only on 61.5° so you will have to have a second dish, and have it pointed there rather than at 129°.

Blooker68, 61.5° is also the likely choice in NC, though you may want to wait for the Dish 1000.4 (61.5/72.7/77) if you have all MPEG4 receivers.
 

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I covered the 129 LNB on the 1000.2 (permanently), and ran the RG6 coax from the DP Plus LNB on the Dish 500 to the "IN" port on the triple LNB of the 1000.2 antenna.
Just curious, what did you use to permanently cover up the 129 LNB?
 

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Just curious, what did you use to permanently cover up the 129 LNB?
mlaviolette, From reading various posts here on how to block the 129 LNB signal, decided to try something that was more substanical...permentaly so to speak. So, thinking what I could use that would withstand the outside environment(weather related) conditions. Most members have used aluminum foil to block the signal, but, that is only use during setup has some have noted.

Being that aluminum foil has worked, I decided to use that, but, I needed something else to cover the foil. I found a old car tire inner tube in the garage, and cut me about 8" dia. piece. From the outer edge of the inner tube, but slits about 1' apart and some 3" long all around the circle edges. Went in and stole about 2' of the wife's aluminum foil from the kitchen, and folded it into four layers. Cut a 5" round pad and applied super glue to the inner side of the rubber inner tube, and one side of the foil, and place it in the center of the 8" tube circle.
Went up to the roof edge(fascia board) where the 1000.2 dish is located, and with several black plastic tie straps, covered the 129 LNB (one on the left side facing from the reflector) with foil side covering the LNB, and with one hand cover the LNB, and taking one tie strap and tighten the tie strap snug right behind the LNB. I used three tie straps, and than with black electrical tape, wrapped the tape several times around the inner tube so no moisture would get into the LNB. With that, I figured it would be a permanent cover for the LNB.
 
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