Now, hopefully, we'll know more about the skew issue...
I think its deliberate, since the C-Band TPs are normally skewed.
im wondering if the skew isnt dictated by the uplink. ive only ever had problems with the nbc stuff. everything else on that sat comes in fine with normal skew.
It was a launch/positioning anomaly. When it achieved permanent orbit, it was tilted by -- whatever it is -- 20 or so degrees.
There are now hundreds of uplinks that are permanently skewed "off" to compensate for it, so it'll NEVER change. So I have to manually rotate and manually cross-pole each time I go up.
Power levels are kept VERY conservative since it's designed for big dish reception. We only run about 1/4 of the transponder's actual power capacity to save the batteries on the satellite, and to minimize interference.
Huh? What are they going to be doing with it for a whole year?