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New Install

gwelmo
05-08-2008, 07:50 AM
I just placed my order for my install of DTV. I tried to have it installed last fall, but the installer called me at 4:00pm to tell me he was running late and wouldn't make my 8:00am-12:00 PM window. I was so angry I cancelled the install. I decide to wait until the spring to try again because I wanted the trees to fill out first.

Anyways the install is on the 23th. I have seen in the past postings on what the signal strengths I should look for. I have not been able to find them. I am doing the HD with locals. Could someone please let me know what numbers I should be looking for?

Thanks
gwelmo

mcbeevee
05-08-2008, 08:22 AM
The signals on 101/103(c)/110/119 should be above 80 (prefer 90's). Depending on your zipcode, the HD locals will be on either 99(s) or 103(s). There will usually be 4 or 5 transponders with high numbers (above 80) on one of these sats (signal strengths on the other one does not matter). If you are getting an HD-DVR, make sure to check signal strengths on both Tuner 1 and Tuner 2.

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gwelmo
05-15-2008, 06:53 AM
mcbeevee, thanks for the info.
I saw another posting that shows a group of numbers for a given satellite:

at 103c

1-8 54 72 47 65 56 70 48 64

9-16 54 67 51 65 50 67 n/a n/a

17-24 40 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

25-32 all n/a


I don't know what these mean. How many numbers does each satellite have?

gwelmo

mcbeevee
05-15-2008, 08:23 AM
mcbeevee, thanks for the info.
I saw another posting that shows a group of numbers for a given satellite:
at 103c
1-8 54 72 47 65 56 70 48 64
9-16 54 67 51 65 50 67 n/a n/a
17-24 40 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
25-32 all n/a
I don't know what these mean. How many numbers does each satellite have?
gwelmo
Each one of those numbers is the signal strength for the transponder number designated by the numbers on the left. For example, the number at the top-right is the signal strength (64%, max=100%) for transponder #8. Each transponder will have several channels associated with it. Each satellite has different numbers of transponders. Almost all of the transponders on 101 are used, and only a few are used on 110/119.

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gwelmo
05-15-2008, 08:33 AM
Each one of those numbers is the signal strength for the transponder number designated by the numbers on the left. For example, the number at the top-right is the signal strength (64%, max=100%) for transponder #8. Each transponder will have several channels associated with it. Each satellite has different numbers of transponders. Almost all of the transponders on 101 are used, and only a few are used on 110/119.

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So we want all these numbers, for transponders in use, to be as close to 100 as possible? Anything 80 or above is considered good, right?

mcbeevee
05-15-2008, 10:42 AM
So we want all these numbers, for transponders in use, to be as close to 100 as possible? Anything 80 or above is considered good, right?
Above 80 is good, above 90 is the best. You want the signal strength to be as high as possible to prevent rain fade. The primary sats are 101 (most of national SD channels) and 103c (all of new national HD channels). If you get HD locals, you would want 4 or 5 transponders on either 99s or 103s to be above 80 (or 90).

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