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Question about signal strengths

hdtvjunkie
04-14-2008, 04:10 PM
Directtv came out today and moved my dish from the roof and mounted it on a pole. The installer changed my 2.5 year old 5lnb dish and put up a newer slimline dish. My question is can someone tell me which satellites and transponders I need to check for signal strengths. I'll give you guys a list of satellites and strengths.

Satellite 101 94%
Satellite 110 81%
Satellite 119 71-74%
Satellite 99b 57%
Satellite 103a 0%
Satellite 103b 73%

A couple of the strengths seems a little low to me, Are these signals normal or should I call Directtv back and have my signals tweaked a little.

On a good note about the installer. He came two hours early (which was o.k because there was somebody at the house today.) He also put up the new dish without my asking. When I came in from work he was finishing up and I asked him why he put a new dish and he said I had a new slimline on the truck so I just went ahead and put it up for you. He was very polite and his work was very neat.

mcbeevee
04-15-2008, 05:53 AM
Satellite 101 94%
Satellite 110 81%
Satellite 119 71-74%
Satellite 99b 57%
Satellite 103a 0%
Satellite 103b 73%

If you are not getting HD locals, you can ignore 99b and 103a. The 119 and 103b (or 103c) numbers are a little low, if the rest of the transponders are in the same range. Those strengths should be above 80 (90+ is preferred). My 103b/103c drops more than the other sats during rain, so it needs to be closer to 90.

:)

hdtvjunkie
04-15-2008, 06:09 AM
If you are not getting HD locals, you can ignore 99b and 103a. The 119 and 103b (or 103c) numbers are a little low, if the rest of the transponders are in the same range. Those strengths should be above 80 (90+ is preferred). My 103b/103c drops more than the other sats during rain, so it needs to be closer to 90.

:)No I don't get my locals in hd with Directtv. I thought the other signals was a little low but wasn't sure.

rockaway1836
04-15-2008, 07:43 AM
You should really look at all off the signal levels to get a good idea of what may be high and low. At first glance some of your readings look a bit low. You can most likley make any adjustments yourself. Being off as little as 1/4 of a degree in elevation on 103b makes a world of difference.

hdtvjunkie
04-15-2008, 05:37 PM
I called Directtv today and said that a couple of my signals seemed low. The CS tech had me read him a few and sure enough they was low. He scheduled me an appoint. for a service call on Sat. morning. Half hour after I got off the phone with them a Supervisor called and asked if he could come by and look at my dish. He showed up thirty minutes later, hooked his signal tester to the dish and started adjusting my dish. He found several loose bolts and the dish wasn't centered. He worked for about 5 minutes on it now all my signals are in the upper 90's.

rockaway1836
04-15-2008, 07:25 PM
That's more like it. Glad it worked out.

hdtvjunkie
04-15-2008, 07:30 PM
That's more like it. Glad it worked out.Thanks.:D