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  1. William1

    AM21 Repair

    I wish. Out of stock. I have to wait for a LCC....one day.
  2. William1

    AM21 Repair

    Repair failed. While the caps were bad, some other SMD solder joint must of been bad as well and the process of handling it must of made them 're-connect'. A buddy who is a electronics expert took a look and without test manuals, was only able to confirm the RF section was working and...
  3. William1

    AM21 Repair

    Caps arrived this morning. Removing the old ones from the board were tough. Through hole solder and it seemed to be high temp solder as well. One at a time, watching polarity. Took old me close to an hour, just to R&R four caps.Hooked it up, only tuner 2 came to 100% (up from 25%) Tuner 1 was...
  4. William1

    AM21 Repair

    Yup. Either it will work properly (I am pretty sure it will) or I'll just leave it be then try to be patient for a couple of LCC's.
  5. William1

    New OTA adapter

    My 'reading between the lines' regarding the LCC is it will be a free item when it is (if it is) rolled out to everyone. It is a poor design though, requiring both the antenna and the dongle to be separately powered by individual wall warts. I do not know why they could not of just drawn power...
  6. William1

    AM21 Repair

    LOL, if the performance does not improve, I'll be out $8.00 and some time. My 25% signal quality will not change. The AM21 was originally free to me, so complete loss of the tuner costs me nothing other than some inconvenience in being able to record OTA. All my TV's have OTA antenna connections...
  7. William1

    AM21 Repair

    The AM21 is working a little. I know I have 100% signal strength going in but the tuner shows 25%.The caps in question operate as filters which logically explains the poor signal. Simply replacing a few bad caps is pretty hard to screw up. If I were pulling the processor off the board and...
  8. William1

    AM21 Repair

    I spent a few hours on the phone with DTV. Nightmare. Finally got a person who knew what this is. Utah only. Would not budge. Period. No info regarding if and when the rest of us will see it. I did find the PDF of the 'owners manual' and have attached it here.
  9. William1

    New OTA adapter

    Well, I just lost two hours of my life. Having heard of the Local Channel Connector, I tried to speak th DTV about it. 1.5 hours of getting my call dropped and clueless CSR's I finally got one that knew what I was talking about. But she rigidly steadfastly told me they would not ship to me, only...
  10. William1

    AM21 Repair

    Do you have a link to the new local channel equipment information?
  11. William1

    AM21 Repair

    I assume using the remote, you can tune top the stations you receive but are not in the guide, correct? I imagine the guide is purely a software download and it is filtered based on the locals you should be able to get (and perhaps verified by what the AM31 actually tuned in). Meaning a full...
  12. William1

    AM21 Repair

    AM21 has nothing to do with the guide, as I am sure you know. All it does is tell the receiver that is connected, what channels it receives and if the channels are in the guide, it is populated. I get the same channels on the TV tuner as I do from the AM21 and all are in the guide.
  13. William1

    AM21 Repair

    Here is a image of the board with the four caps circled in red. Notice the bulges and ooze.
  14. William1

    AM21 Repair

    As many know, you can no longer purchase a AM21. I have one of these and over time, it was less and less adapt at pulling OTA, the signal strength slowly got worse and worse. I am no electronics tech, but I can identify visually some failed or failing components.Bad fuse, burnt resistor...
  15. William1

    Directv customer retention lies about DISH Network

    I've seen the same switching done in the job market. Work at a place for six months, quit, work somplace else at a higher rate and then attampt to go back. I worked at a place, this one person came and left four times. When they applied the fith time, I was the manager, I refused to hire them...
  16. William1

    Max number of IRD's you can have?

    boba has it right.
  17. William1

    HR-20 bad components? Time for a receiver replacement?

    The connectors do not go bad (except by corrosion), it is the wire connected to them or the soldering that fails.
  18. William1

    HR-20 bad components? Time for a receiver replacement?

    Bad cables or.... bad soldering at the onnectors inside of the rec. or TV
  19. William1

    How to combine Sat1 and Sat2 w/o acronyms

    Take a look at this page:DirecTV SWM8 - Single Wire Multiswitch - $159 Including Power Inserter - Free Shipping There are several links that show how it hooks up and how it works.
  20. William1

    Cable question

    Also, the cable must be RG6 or better (like RG11)
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