no they didn't. They passed a law years ago that says you couldnt split locals across multiple sats. Back then Dish woudl put the Big 4 on 110 or 119 and have the "minor" locals (shopping,religious, etc) on a second dish inn some cases. Here in Minneapolis we needed a 61.5 dish for one PBS stationThe only reason Dish installs the single dish solution is because the laws that were passed by the fcc.
Well I'm only 2 hours drive northwest of Twin citys and very seldom lose signal on 129 with a 18" dish because of rain. If it's raining hard enough to lose it with a dish 500 then I will also lose 129. Back in the day I used a old Primestar 1.0 meter dish at 119 with a modified lnb and would never lose signal but I don't think I want 3- 1 meter dishes now days.some folks who use a separate dish for 129 use a larger dish...the stock 18" at 129 really is no better than the D1000.2 setup me...I have a 36" dish at 129
The stronger signal from the WA has to due with the fact that EA is completely MPEG 4 8PSK where as WA isn't yet.129 it is. I seem to get a stronger signal this way than others by me with the single 1000 dish. I wonder why more people don't use a dish 500 and a 18" dish 300 pointed at 129?