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Bigger dish for better reception of Dish TV
This may be old news and a topic that has been thoroughly hashed out before, but I am a rookie to this stuff and I am looking for help shortening the learning curve. I want to improve my anemic Dish HD reception (48 on the meter) by using a larger dish to also improve my rain/snow reception. I gather that a 39" dish is one answer, assuming that it can be made to work with the DISH LNBs. Anyone have any experience with what exactly is required as far as equipment, difficulty aiming the different LNB (think that is the term for the items that receive the signal reflected from the actual dish and transmit it to the receiver over RG6 ?) Looking at the satellite aiming data my equipment must use three LNBs to receive three satellite signals (looks like Dish 100.4 (61.5W)(72.7W)(77W)) judging by the way my ellipetical (spelling) antenna is aimed. I did install my original Direct TV system and it worked well until I switehced to Dish to get new HD equipment. The Dish installer installed the current system and did an "ok" job but wasn't interested in exerting himself to improve my signal strength. My questions are:
1) is a 39" dish a viable way to improve reception? Or should I be looking at something else?
2) will a 39" dish work with my system?
3) can I do this myself with a basic understanding of azimuth, and the rest of the aiming data?
4) are there good suppliers who won't hose a new guy like my by selling me crap I don't need or screwing me on the price?
5) Anyone have some experience with this process who can point out some pitfalls?
08-18-2011 10:38 PM