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Signal strength question?

car5nc
09-27-2007, 01:40 PM
I am getting all the new HD channels.:D However, when checking signal strength on new sats they are all low or zero. Is the a cause for concern or since I am getting all channels should i just take a wait and see approach? Can the low signal effect pic quality . No pixelation or anything now. :confused:

mcbeevee
09-27-2007, 02:34 PM
I am getting all the new HD channels.:D However, when checking signal strength on new sats they are all low or zero. Is the a cause for concern or since I am getting all channels should i just take a wait and see approach? Can the low signal effect pic quality . No pixelation or anything now. :confused:

What are your signal strengths on the 103(b) satellite? That is where the new HD channels are coming from. The signal strength should be above 80 for all transponders on 103(b) (ignore the N/A transponders). The pic quality is not affected by signal strength, until the numbers get really low (below 20) and the images start pixelating.

:)

car5nc
09-27-2007, 02:45 PM
Not sure what they are exactly. I'm at work now . Definitely below 80though. Re-alignment time?

eyesk8r
09-27-2007, 04:11 PM
Not sure what they are exactly. I'm at work now . Definitely below 80though. Re-alignment time?

Unless your in the 30's or 40's dont realign. I had a tech come out last Friday cuz i have low signals in the 30's and 40's, but said there is a software glitch where some people on the h20's and hr20's are getting signal strengths in the high 60's to low 80's, i've been told not to worry, it's a software glitch and if it's in the high 60's to low 80's it's like being in the high 80's to high 90's.

eyesk8r
09-27-2007, 04:12 PM
Not sure what they are exactly. I'm at work now . Definitely below 80though. Re-alignment time?

Unless your in the 30's or 40's dont realign. I had a tech come out last Friday cuz i have low signals in the 30's and 40's, but said there is a software glitch where some people on the h20's and hr20's are getting signal strengths in the high 60's to low 80's, i've been told not to worry, it's a software glitch and if it's in the high 60's to low 80's it's like being in the high 80's to high 90's.
my highest signal on 103b is 81, and my lowest is 68, and the pitcure is coming in crystal clear.

car5nc
09-27-2007, 04:57 PM
my signal strength is as follows: 75,43,69,40,72,40,68,40,72,40,66,41,69,40,71,40
I sense a pattern here. btw, I have H20 .

uclabrewn
09-27-2007, 04:57 PM
Unless your in the 30's or 40's dont realign. I had a tech come out last Friday cuz i have low signals in the 30's and 40's, but said there is a software glitch where some people on the h20's and hr20's are getting signal strengths in the high 60's to low 80's, i've been told not to worry, it's a software glitch and if it's in the high 60's to low 80's it's like being in the high 80's to high 90's.

Mine are in the 40's and 50's on 103(b) but in the 90's on 101 and 119. I got word from a D* tech (from the D* trouble shooting forum on their website) that 103(b) should definitely be in the 80's and that I should definitely have a realignment done. I'm waiting for the installer as we speak. Just hope he doesn't screw up my 101 and 119...

BTW, this is his post:
"Your LA locals are from one or two transponders on 103(a) and you should be in the 90s for at least one transponder. Your 103(b) signals are just much too low across the board. They should be at least in the 80s. Call DirecTV and tell them you are down in the 40s for signal strength on 103(b) and ask them to arrange a dish realignment."

mcbeevee
09-27-2007, 05:03 PM
my signal strength is as follows: 75,43,69,40,72,40,68,40,72,40,66,41,69,40,71,40
I sense a pattern here. btw, I have H20 .
Those numbers need to be higher. A thunderstorm will drop the signal strength 20-40 points (or more), which would wipe out most of your HD channels. Since these are new channels, it should be a free alignment. If you have the protection plan, it will be free anyway.

:)

car5nc
09-27-2007, 05:21 PM
I have the protection plan , so might as well have re-alignment done.Thanks for the input :yippee:

uclabrewn
09-27-2007, 05:27 PM
I have the protection plan , so might as well have re-alignment done.Thanks for the input :yippee:

Just make sure you still have the protection plan! When I called yesterday, they told me I no longer had it. I made them review my bills, and they were able to determine that I was "magically' dropped on August 31st and then "magically" re-added the same day. The CSR told me she would have to bill me $14.95 in order to reinstate it for this month but that I could call next month and get that money credited. She was all set to charge me $70.00 for today's visit before I made her look into it. Good luck!

Jowi
09-27-2007, 06:49 PM
My readings were in the low 70's on all the xponders until the software update on 8/28, after that they went to the 90's.

kdom
09-27-2007, 07:01 PM
I am getting all the new HD channels.:D However, when checking signal strength on new sats they are all low or zero. Is the a cause for concern or since I am getting all channels should i just take a wait and see approach? Can the low signal effect pic quality . No pixelation or anything now. :confused:

I have two H20s, when I check the signal strength on 103b on one of the TVs, they are all 85 and above. On the other TV, the 103b signals are 36 0 57 40 66 50 56 34 70 57 57 44 63 56 na na 63. I have no idea what is happening since both receivers get signal from the same dish. I do have the HD channels on both TVs though!!!! Comments? DO I need to call D? Thanks

uclabrewn
09-27-2007, 07:34 PM
My readings were in the low 70's on all the xponders until the software update on 8/28, after that they went to the 90's.

I just went from the 40's to the 70's after the D* installer realigned/switched out my dish. The picture looks just as good now as it did before, which is perfect.