Southeastern sky

usmaak

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Sep 26, 2007
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Hi,

I live near Chicago. I have a Dish 1000 pointing toward the southwest. My signal for all my local channels and pretty much anything else HD hovers around 45. I've had Dish out a couple of times to try and get it adjusted, because any time we get any kind of clouds with height to the SW, the signal goes out. But neither of the guys that have come out have been able to squeeze more signal out of it.

While driving around today, I noticed that there are many dishes on rooves in my neighborhood and others that are pointing toward the southeast, instead of the southwest. I'd always thought that the dish had to point to the southwest in order to receive channels.

So what's the deal with southeast? Would I be able to get a better signal if I was looking toward the southeast?
 

skyviewmark

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Sep 29, 2006
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Bay Minette, Al
So what's the deal with southeast? Would I be able to get a better signal if I was looking toward the southeast?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it :)

Eastern arc has not impressed me.. Signals seem to be a bit lower than the western arc. Not sure what's up, but the 61.5 sat seems to have a lower signal than it's counterpart the 129 on the western arc.. Could just be because it's old and needs to be replaced.
 

usmaak

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Sep 26, 2007
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it :)

Eastern arc has not impressed me.. Signals seem to be a bit lower than the western arc. Not sure what's up, but the 61.5 sat seems to have a lower signal than it's counterpart the 129 on the western arc.. Could just be because it's old and needs to be replaced.
Does Dish own any satellites that aren't old? I've heard the same thing about 129.
 

Laddyboy

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Dec 12, 2006
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Central IL/SW FL/Big Island
Does Dish own any satellites that aren't old? I've heard the same thing about 129.

129W and 110W both have new satellites in use withing the past year and a half. 119W will get a new one next year iirc. EA was created using older spare satellites and purchasing/leasing other unused satellites. A new EA satellite was recently launched and placed in operation with another to follow very soon and another in the build stage. There are sometimes more than one satellite in operation at one location to use all available transponders licensed to that location. The newer satellites tend to be more powerful and can handle the entire load at a single location.
 

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