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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    We haven't even seen them shut off all the MPEG2 SD local markets. It appears all they're doing is getting rid of enough markets to drop spot beams and serve whatever is left using the 6 tpns that used to be spotbeams, similar to what they did at 119. Both for the same reason, the satellite...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    AFAIK they nudged 99/103 slightly inward to 99.25/102.75 to reduce potential interference with other Ka users at 97/105, but I figure if they wanted to use 101 they could move those satellites to 99/103 and it would work though perhaps at a slightly worse SNR. FWIW, Directv filed a couple...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    According to D15/D16's original documents it was designed to power a lot of transponders at once. I can't remember the number, but powering all 32 Ku tpns is well within its capability. It would still have the capacity to light up some of its Ka transponders, if they had any dishes out there...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    I wonder if the FCC is getting pressure from Dish to free up those transponder slots since Directv is no longer using them. They can provide a signal the US dishes can receive for a bit, then go back to an inclined orbit, then re-orient it again every time Dish complains. I mean honestly, the...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    After it happens please check back with us and let us know how many customers you had to upgrade because despite all the warnings from Directv they were still caught out by it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is curious about how many SD customers remain!
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    Is ECUF still in use? Maybe if there are some LRFs that are dependent on it (i.e. they have fiber links only going there) and all the 101 markets that use it will soon be gone they will want to at least get rid of any 119 markets that use it as well so they can close ECUF to save a few bucks...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    But will they keep all five? Wouldn't it make more sense to get rid of them all, except for the NYC/LA channels also used for DNS? Then they could add more HD channels to 101. If they were going to keep SD markets beyond NYC and LA I guess Chicago as #3 in size might make sense, but Atlanta...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    Well Chicago is #3 in DMA size and Philly is #4 so that seems like it would be an odd place to make the cutoff of MPEG2 DMAs that will survive vs those that will be cut. WPHL-D2 looks like an Antenna TV subchannel, or at least that's what Wikipedia and rabbitears say. Maybe that's why it was...
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    Help Identifying Transponder Numbers and Transmit Frequencies on Spectrum Analyzer

    Without a connection to a working LNB it can't do any sort of autoconfiguration to figure out it is an SL3, or download the NIT from the satellite. It probably uses some old copy from a dark corner of the firmware that hasn't been updated in a decade and that's why you saw 110/119.
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    Help Identifying Transponder Numbers and Transmit Frequencies on Spectrum Analyzer

    I believe I read somewhere that the SL3 duplicates 101 where the 110/119 would be in an SL5.
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    I'm pretty sure we will not see much more 4K coming via linear - definitely never see a full time 4K channel from anyone. Not worth the trouble to the networks, who know that linear is a ticking time bomb waiting for ESPN to make a full DTC offering. When that happens it'll be the starting gun...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    Interesting news about D9S. Sounds like it is reaching the end of fuel life, and while it appears they'll be able to squeeze another six months out of it the end is nigh for most/all MPEG2 SD locals. Theoretically they could do something similar to what they did at 119 to deliver a limited...
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    DIRECTV Transponder Map ~ Data 5/22/2024

    Then they will ignore that analysis sheet like I do, and wait for Kyl416's post summarizing its contents in a more readily understandable form.
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    Power Inserter Voltage

    That's the only possible way you could connect two coaxial power sources.
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    Power Inserter Voltage

    That's not how electricity works, if you connect multiple sources of x volts you still get x volts, but you can draw more amps. You need diodes to do so - if you look at my .sig below I list: 4xPS242000A via HRFPX4 & PS2x8 What I'm doing is using four 24v power supplies connected to an HRFPX4...
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    Power Inserter Voltage

    Where did Directv get the crazy idea of losing 1v per 20 feet? That might be true of CCS, but definitely not for copper which loses 1v every ~50 feet for 18 gauge. Directv has reason to engineer for the worst case, and over the years probably ran into problems where long CCS runs lost enough...
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    Power Inserter Voltage

    You can use 24v if that's a simpler step up. Many commercial installs (such as mine) use 24v power supplies, and all Directv equipment can handle basically anything from 18v to 30+ so long as the volts * amps make enough watts.
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    Grounding Satellite + Antenna

    Don't remove the ground to your solar panels! That's way more important than whether your Directv is grounded or not! What you want is to have everything sharing one ground - your solar, your antenna, and your Directv. If that's not practical based on where the solar is grounded versus where...