Can´t Catch MeTV in SES1

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by robosat, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. robosat

    robosat Thread Starter Member

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    Hi Guys.
    I have almost 3 months with a MicroHD receiver and my 1.8m Centered LNB Antenna pointing to the Galaxy 16 satellite. Beside the centered LNBF I installed a second one, catching channels from Galaxy 3C (basically CBS and Univisión). Some weeks ago, eventually I moved slightly the antenna to the West and could catch MeTV1 and MeTV2 on SES1 with a 70 Quality Signal with the centered LNBF. Then, I moved again the dish back to the Galaxy 16. These last days I tried to locate the SES1 again, but this time I had no success. I can´t find the channels anymore. The MicroHD remains showing a signal strength of 45 an CERO Quality, without variation.
    I observed before that when I moved back the dish to the Galaxy 16 sat , channels were viewed instantly, except the NBC13 from Casper. This channel took sometimes hours to get catched (without moving the dish anymore). I don´t know if something similar could be happening in my system with these two MeTV channels.
    The dish pole is perfectly vertical and the LNBFs right where I installed them from the beginning.
    Any idea what could be happening ?
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  2. ke4est

    ke4est Long Live FTA Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU!

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    When I was using a 1.8M dish I had times where I could get MeTV and times where I couldn't. I would ask and others would give a booming in report on their larger dishes. I have not been over to it in awhile so I will have to check it out later, wife watching something right now. I am sure someone else will come in though before then. :)
  3. neljtorres

    neljtorres Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Well I had ME TV until last night I have a dish pointing at 99 and was getting with my amiko the tp from 101 and uptil last night it stop working. My dish is 5'-8"
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  4. Corrado

    Corrado SatelliteGuys Family

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    Others have reported issues with MeTV with 6' dishes at times.

    I noticed with my microHD that when a signal wasn't immediately received, the micro started to search for changed FEC parameters. In my case was a stubborn diseqc switch. This required a bit of time for the micro to lock again even on a previously scanned in channel.

    You could try to peak back to 101W on a strong TP such as GEB at 3716V-4340 to be sure you're on 101W and rescan the satellite. Perhaps your LNBF has drifted slightly in frequency and will blind scan in on a better quality reading.
  5. truckracer

    truckracer SatelliteGuys Family

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    I get it on my 7.5' with high signal quality. Nearly as good as my 10' dishes.
  6. neljtorres

    neljtorres Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    This morning with my 5'8" I was watching ME
  7. robosat

    robosat Thread Starter Member

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    Thanks Guys.
    This morning I dedicated almos 3 hours trying to find MeTV in SES1. I used my MicroHD with the channel already scanned (As I told before, I was watching these channels some 2 months ago) to try to find the signal, and nothing happened. Then I used my old Pansat 2700A. This receiver has a very good and fast response for showing changes in the signal bar indicator when you catch a Transponder beam (much better than MicroHD for this issue). Nevertheless, happened the same: No signal found. Tired and frustrated, finally aimed the dish again to Galaxy 16.
    My conclusion here is that in my lattitud (29N, 106W), I will need a bigger dish (3m) to catch this signals whithout problem. I just tried and tried because I was watching those channels before. Same thing happened with the channel "eScapes" in G16. 2 Months ago I was able to catch it, and now it is rare when the MicroHD can lock it. Maybe the strong winds of February affected the parabolic shape in some way.
    Greetings...
  8. FaT Air

    FaT Air HOA Free Zone Pub Member / Supporter

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    A 1.8m won't be as reliable as a larger dish and may have periods where it 'works' and other times where it won't. More susceptible to adjacent interference. And getting everything 'just right' requires a lot of patience.
    Feed centered and square to the dish. Focal distance optimized, etc.
    Maybe spend some time on 99 getting the Q absolutely maximized. Then, if there's improvement, try 101 again(?)

    You can check if the winds have warped the dish with a couple of strings. One across the face vertical, and another at 90° to it. The strings should just touch where they cross. Then place the vertical string at a 45 across the face, and another 90 to it. Again, strings should just touch where they cross.
    For a larger dish, Keep an eye on the thread more Craigslist dishes for your perusal One may be within reach.
    Good luck and happy hunting.
  9. neljtorres

    neljtorres Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Well with my 5-8" dish in Puerto Rico I am watching it

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