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Jim S.

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Is the you-know-who mux on AMC6 coming in strong for everyone today? I'm trying to peak my 18" dish on that bird after it got moved during a storm and I have GBN coming in good and two feeds coming in stronger than I ever though possible, but not a blip on the quality meter for the mux no matter how much or which way I nudge the dish. I always found that it peaked at a different spot than GBN for some reason (adjacent-bird interference probably), but not getting it at all is making me question my sanity :)
 

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Thanks, I don't have a clue what's going on with my system then. It used to work fine on the 18" 99% of the time.
 

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It's funny that you mention this, I have been having some problems with the NBC mux on AMC6 too.

Sometimes I can pick up GBN fine, but not the NBC mux. I find that having the motor move off of AMC 6 and then back to AMC 6 seems to fix the problem.

One odd thing about my problem is that the GBN signal is the same (in terms of signal strength and quality) no matter what.

I have a 90cm motorized dish and the NBC mux comes in strong Q=75~85.

No problem with anything else, I can hit all of the ku sats from 30W to 129W.
 

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Maybe it's just below the threshold of receivability for some reason, this is an 18" dish after all. But it's weird that it was coming in pixelated in the rain a few days ago, til the wind started. Now the sky is clear and I can't even tell that the transponder is there. The signal meter goes up like one point, and the quality never moves off 0. I've got non-permanent feeds on that bird blasting in stronger than I've ever had. Stronger than GBN, in fact.

It's not that much of a big deal because I have subscription TV -- although once in a while they'd put Universal Sports on and I don't have any other source for that. It's just that I hate not knowing what's wrong.
 

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Is the you-know-who mux on AMC6 coming in strong for everyone today? I'm trying to peak my 18" dish on that bird after it got moved during a storm and I have GBN coming in good and two feeds coming in stronger than I ever though possible, but not a blip on the quality meter for the mux no matter how much or which way I nudge the dish. I always found that it peaked at a different spot than GBN for some reason (adjacent-bird interference probably), but not getting it at all is making me question my sanity :)
Jim,
Check out this post: http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-air-fta-discussion/195043-ohio-news-net-question-2.html I was on AMC 6 yesterday with an 18" dish and a 500 dish, the pictures will show you the SQ of the mux.
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Jim S, I have the opposite problem! Can't get the GBN channel, haven't seen it in weeks, so I thought maybe it had gone off the satellite. Everything else is fine (this is a .90cm dish). Maybe its just the curvature of the earth or something lol. There's just some combinations of freq and SR my receivers seem to be blind to.
 

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Jim,
Check out this post: http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-air-fta-discussion/195043-ohio-news-net-question-2.html I was on AMC 6 yesterday with an 18" dish and a 500 dish, the pictures will show you the SQ of the mux.
Mike Lib

I've got a signal strength of 87 on that transponder on my Coolsat 7000, but I have a signal strength in the low 80s anywhere in the vicinity since it's almost my south satellite and the spacing is so close in that region.

In contrast, I have S 90 and Q 76 on GBN, and S 92 and Q 60 on the HD football feeds tonight. However I had my dish aimed before, I only had about half that on GBN. The feeds were stronger than GBN but not as strong as now. The NBC mux varied a lot, but it was usually stronger than GBN. The only screwy thing was that when I set up the dish the first time I peaked it on GBN and the mux was weak, so I peaked on the mux instead. But they were both always there except in rain, and I moved around in search of it quite a bit this afternoon with no results at all in a clear sky.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have to replace the ends on the cable in case I've got a short or water in it or something.
 

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I've got a signal strength of 87 on that transponder on my Coolsat 7000, but I have a signal strength in the low 80s anywhere in the vicinity since it's almost my south satellite and the spacing is so close in that region.

In contrast, I have S 90 and Q 76 on GBN, and S 92 and Q 60 on the HD football feeds tonight. However I had my dish aimed before, I only had about half that on GBN. The feeds were stronger than GBN but not as strong as now. The NBC mux varied a lot, but it was usually stronger than GBN. The only screwy thing was that when I set up the dish the first time I peaked it on GBN and the mux was weak, so I peaked on the mux instead. But they were both always there except in rain, and I moved around in search of it quite a bit this afternoon with no results at all in a clear sky.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have to replace the ends on the cable in case I've got a short or water in it or something.
Your TS sat would be 74 West the ONN TV Channel the same as mine in NJ, I'll also check tomorrow, I will be working around the garage and putting up Christmas decoration so I wil plop the 500 outside so I can lsten to the market news on CNCB. I will use my Coolsat 5K so I can give you the coolsat quality meter reading and I'll loop in the Fortec Dynamic.
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Thanks for the offer, let me know what you come up with. When I was tinkering around yesterday I tried to get 74W on the 18" dish and I didn't have any luck, but I was kind of impatient since my main mission was to figure out what had gone wrong at 72W. Maybe the extra few inches of a Dish 500 vs a Dish 300 really do make a difference. If you've ever tried it, what does the 500 get you on 97W? The 300 only got me 6 transponders reliably.
 

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Jim I tried getting 97 on my Dish500 dish a couple of weeks back, seems like I got about 110 channels (out of about 238 or so thats on that satellite). Not too shabby. I didn't spend a lot of time on that location, with some more fine tuning I might've done better-I was trying to get over to 105 but it got dark before I got to 103 so I gave up on it, and left it on 79 lol).
 

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Thanks for the offer, let me know what you come up with. When I was tinkering around yesterday I tried to get 74W on the 18" dish and I didn't have any luck, but I was kind of impatient since my main mission was to figure out what had gone wrong at 72W. Maybe the extra few inches of a Dish 500 vs a Dish 300 really do make a difference. If you've ever tried it, what does the 500 get you on 97W? The 300 only got me 6 transponders reliably.
Sorry too much rain today, I'm a fair weather FTAer, maybe tomorrow.
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The NBC mux transponder is very weak today, I am using the 500 Dish and the SQ is so low 25% that I can't even get a picture. I got GBN and at least 6 active feeds, some of the feeds are for CNBC and I can't get CNBC on the mux. This is very strange, all summer as I work around the garage I would plop the dish outside tune to the correct azmuith and the mux would pop right. I was watching the mux only last week with a fairly good signal, took pictures and posted them on another thread. I'm at a lost to explain it, maybe the FTA signal is affected by the winter season.
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A-ha, maybe it's not me then, maybe it's the signal and my Dish 300. When last I checked, I had GBN, two strong feeds, and a week feed. You have three more feeds, yet you still can't get the mux. Thanks for the sanity check. I'm glad I didn't mess with the alignment too much, as I'm getting better feeds than I used to.
 

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mikelib I tried with my dish500 dish about3pm, for an hour, never did get those channels either. Was beginning to think the dish was looking into the top of a tree, but I was getting 3-4 good feeds, the GBN channel very well. Finally said to hell with it and put it back on 74. Does a great job on H2.
 

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mikelib I tried with my dish500 dish about3pm, for an hour, never did get those channels either. Was beginning to think the dish was looking into the top of a tree, but I was getting 3-4 good feeds, the GBN channel very well. Finally said to hell with it and put it back on 74. Does a great job on H2.
I had the same resuts as you, I did manage to get a signal but the SQ was very low and it would pop in and out. It's what I call a peek-aboo signal. I moved back and forth between 72 & 74 caught a cooking show on 74, watch that while I was fixing Christmas Tree Lights. I'll try again tomorrow, I will use the 500 Dish and the 90 cm and see what I can get.
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I'm having problems with 72w this morning as well. Right at the threshold and breaking up a little. Thats on my Primestar 24x35? dish. Usually its booming in here. Weather related ? Guess it's not us. Blind
 
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