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Newbie question on D* satellites

lowe41
03-09-2006, 06:33 PM
I have one H20 and I am having problems with the locals in HD, Showtime, and HBO. The rest of the HD channels look good so far. My problem is that I am having audio cutout and huge pixelation problems with these channels. Also, it has taken a long time, longer than normal, lately to change the channel from any other channel to any HD local? I don't know if that means anything of not.

My signal strengths are as follows:
101-77
119-86
110-70* On the signal test only three of the spaces (transponders?) registered 71 the others were n/a.

What satellite are the SD channels on? HD channel? and HD local?

I am hoping this is a dish alignment problem so its fixable? Or a reciever problem. I have a tech coming out on Saturday, hopefully he doesn't blame D* and leave.

Any help or info is appreciated.

Pakbackr
03-10-2006, 07:05 AM
Realign your dish...your reception should be in the low 90s if aimed properly. With those readings, any wind or adverse weather will be disruptive.

bgoalie35
03-10-2006, 10:03 AM
Pakbackr is right, if you talking about an old receiver. If you are talking about the H20, though, those readings are about normal, and you should not be having problems with them. What signal strength are you getting from the 103 satelite? This would be the one that is broadcasting your HD local channels.

The SD channels are all on 101, the HD national channels are either 110 or 119.

The long delay when switching to an HD local channel (2 or 3 seconds?) is about normal for the H20.

There are only 3 transponders on 110, that is normal.

EDIT: Also, where is your dish mounted? Pakbackr is also right that wind and adverse conditions make this dish pretty sensitive. If it is not mounted down very solid, with a brace, on a pole, or down low, wind can definitely move the dish and effect the signal.

lowe41
03-10-2006, 01:34 PM
Thanks to all for the replies. The reciever I have is an H20 and it is an AT-9 dish pole mounted in concrete etc.... Its really secure and it was just installed Jan 28th. I do not have any signal on any transponders on 103? The signal strength meter is zero, but I still get locals in HD? At least when they work? Which they were just now when I checked.

Any input is greatly appreciated....

Bgoalie 35 where in ATL are you, just curious. I am in Douglasville.

lowe41
03-10-2006, 01:41 PM
Could the problem be the reciever? I read somewhere, either on here or another forum, that people were having a lot of problems with recievers made in Korea. Anyone read/heard of that before??

bgoalie35
03-11-2006, 10:57 AM
lowe,

I'm up in Suwanee. If you have a good solid pole mount in concrete, that should not be the problem. I'm not sure how you are getting local channels with no signal on 103. It could possibly be the receiver, and if it is, D* tech support ought to exchange it for another one. When you set the receiver up, did you tell it you have the 5 LNB dish or the 3 LNB dish? I'm sure you told it 5, but I figured I would just check.

wolfman730
03-11-2006, 04:54 PM
Could the problem be the reciever? I read somewhere, either on here or another forum, that people were having a lot of problems with recievers made in Korea. Anyone read/heard of that before??
Could definately be a faulty receiver if it was made in Korea. I had 2 bad ones, one from Best Buy and one from D*. Also the transponder readings on the 119 bird are to high for the H-20, which is an indication that you need a re-alignment of the dish. The AT- 9 should be aimed at the 101 slot. Readings on the 103 bird should be at least in the 90's.

bgoalie35
03-13-2006, 07:39 AM
I've got readings in the 70s for the 103 bird without trouble (although it has been as high as the 80s). But I have heard many people report signals up in the 90s, so its definitely not that difficult to get. You think the 80s on 119 is too high for the H20? I'll have to check that too, I don't remember what mine is reading. Are you getting a signal in the 70s for 119?

wolfman730
03-13-2006, 04:16 PM
I've got readings in the 70s for the 103 bird without trouble (although it has been as high as the 80s). But I have heard many people report signals up in the 90s, so its definitely not that difficult to get. You think the 80s on 119 is too high for the H20? I'll have to check that too, I don't remember what mine is reading. Are you getting a signal in the 70s for 119?
My readings on 119 are in the 70's, that's why I think lowe's dish is not aimed properly which would give him a higher reading on 119. The 103 should be higher due to it being a spot beam.