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Multiple Dishes or AT9 for Directv

MacWarrior
06-04-2006, 08:34 PM
I may have missed this if someone else has already asked, but I want to know if Multiple Dishes are still possible or even a good idea with the new DirecTV sats or do you have to use the AT9.

I know that it may mean 2 more sats on the roof but it is worth it to me to get the best possible signal and to reduce the chance of rain fade.

If Multiple Dishes are used, what would be the best dishes to use and what would be the configuration?

Thanks,
MacWarrior

hitdog042
06-05-2006, 06:46 AM
I may have missed this if someone else has already asked, but I want to know if Multiple Dishes are still possible or even a good idea with the new DirecTV sats or do you have to use the AT9.

I know that it may mean 2 more sats on the roof but it is worth it to me to get the best possible signal and to reduce the chance of rain fade.

If Multiple Dishes are used, what would be the best dishes to use and what would be the configuration?

Thanks,
MacWarrior

What are u trying to accomplish? If u want locals in mpeg4 HD, u need the AT9. Othetrwise, why use 2 sats when u can use a multiswitch?

Multiswitch offers 8 outs.

MacWarrior
06-15-2006, 09:48 AM
To get the best possible signal and to reduce the chance of rain fade. And yes, I want to get mpeg4 HD.

David

Jimbos
06-15-2006, 09:59 AM
To get the best possible signal and to reduce the chance of rain fade. And yes, I want to get mpeg4 HD.

David

If the MPEG4 is an issue for you at this time then the AT-9 is the ONLY way for you to go.

If you are refering to just having a good strong signal.
IF you are peaked and signal is in the 90*'s you won't get any better than that.

Rain fade will always be a possibility, regardless, if you have a bad enough storm there is nothing you can do about it,
The storm clouds are present between your dish and the sats.

Way back when I first got started in D* stuff I had 2 seperate dishes set up, and it can be done well, but that was because I could not get all the sats from where I ws at the time.
You can have 5 dishes up there if you want (except you would have to be able to find the KA band LNB's for the two new sats) and use a multiswitch to input them all .....
But I don't see any reason why anyone would do that ............

Jimbo

MacWarrior
06-16-2006, 01:21 PM
If the MPEG4 is an issue for you at this time then the AT-9 is the ONLY way for you to go.

If you are refering to just having a good strong signal.
IF you are peaked and signal is in the 90*'s you won't get any better than that.

Rain fade will always be a possibility, regardless, if you have a bad enough storm there is nothing you can do about it,
The storm clouds are present between your dish and the sats.

Way back when I first got started in D* stuff I had 2 seperate dishes set up, and it can be done well, but that was because I could not get all the sats from where I ws at the time.
You can have 5 dishes up there if you want (except you would have to be able to find the KA band LNB's for the two new sats) and use a multiswitch to input them all .....
But I don't see any reason why anyone would do that ............

Jimbo

I understand what you are saying. However, some other posts that I have seen suggests using a .80 - 1 meter dish for each satellite to help with the signal like rain fade if your willing to have a number of seperate dishes. And that's what I was looking at doing. My signal is pretty strong (86-92) on all of my sats. But the cloud & rain fade occurences seem to be getting worse.

And seeing that you have the "Great" flag of the "Ohio State Buckeyes" and assuming you live or have lived in Ohio (like I do and a major OSU fan too) than you know how thick the clouds can be and how hard it can rain. All of which has caused numerous fade outs while watching my football games, including NFL Sunday Ticket, and some other channels.

David

wildstars
10-28-2008, 09:47 PM
I'm looking at something similar. I think its possible with the new single wire multiswitch and two dishes. I'd love to do it with 5, but I think that would be overkill.