Has anyone tried getting the 24" or 30" dish right away without having to upgrade from the 18". I live in Portland, Oregon and havent got voom yet (I am sure I will need at least a 24"), but I am wondering if this has been possible with anyone.
Under clear skies the best I've seen is 94, but typically 91. Last night (cloudy skies) it went down to 87.DarrellP said:sloud74, welcome. I live in Woodburn and use a 24" that I already had mounted for Dish HD and I still lose the picture at times. I tweaked it this weekend and gained about 8 points on the strength meter.
Just for kicks Walter, what is your strength using your 18" dish on a clear day? I get around 95 now where I was getting 85 before tweaking.
Walter L. said:I also live in Portland. I heard that 30" dish cannot be used in the west coast because of the inclination angle being too low. I got an 18" and is working just fine.
By the way, we have a thread about VOOM in Portland (see link at my signature).
This is where I heard about difficulties pointing 30" in the west coast:iceshark said:Dont know where you heard that.
Your gettin me scared now!Walter L. said:This is where I heard about difficulties pointing 30" in the west coast:
Anyway, if you get it and it works then it works
iceshark said:Your gettin me scared now!
I know you can manually adjust declintaion with mast lowering in worst case.
However it may be that out installers are just normal one class trained in most cases non experts like myself and lots of others here that find non owners manual ways to make it work and wont put in the effort.
I will reconfirm with DBS out of Portland today about install and dish size promised and report back.
Thank you for the post and warning!
I too at times think I am getting wet leaf fade. However I still believe its becasue of where rainbow sits on the horizon for us in Northwest and if horizon is full of deep wet clouds it is much different then shooting to 110 an d 119 thru one layer of clouds.
GeneWildershair said:My installer couldn't get a signal at all, and gave up, saying that it wouldn't work. I had to go up and put a 30" up myself, and yes I had to basically angle the dish all the way down, (as far as it would let me) then I had to mount the pole at a slight angle pointing down. It is harder to get the sweet spot with a larger dish, but it can be done on the west coast, (I am in Northern California btw). All in all it took me about a half hour to put up myself, and I am getting great signals, quality:98-99, and power: 89. I have since not really had much rain to *really* test if it, except for a little lght rain for about an hour or so, and my signal only went as low as 95. BUT with this same light rain with the 18" dish my signal would drop completely out.
iceshark said:as a old time cband installer store owner, I agree it seems sweet spot or Focal point to be accurate seems harder with KU band signals with larger dish it is one of those carnival mirror type things that makes it seem different then it is.
The fact is its just because of more area density to adjust around.
However It is worth the trouble once you do get that focal point smokin up to your LNB as the signal has more strenght becuase of the added gain of the dish area.
Also helps reduce Terrestrial interferance if dish is deeper as well.
Anyway thank you for your help and updates.
DBS installers from Portland confirmed that Voom is sending them a redesiged
30 Inch dish for Install this Saturday. And you bet I will put the dam thing up and let the installer take a break with a beer if thats what it takes!
My two cents.