What am I doing wrong here?

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Sassan

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My FTA dishes are not getting any signal.

I have motorized dish that goes from 45-127 degrees. No channels coming through. I thought maybe the aim was off and I needed to reset it, but everything seems fine. I reset the receiver, and still nothing.

Then I used my mind and thought for a second, and realized duh, I have a second dish fixed at 30 degrees. Switched to that satellite, and still no signal.

LIke I said, I reset the receiver, but nothing is coming through. Bad DiscEq?? Possible, but if it was, wouldn't the motorized dish not get the signal to move?

What else can I check/do? What is the key that I am missing here?

THANKS in advance.
 

Tron

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You can test whether or not the switch went bad by taking it out of the equation (running a direct cable). You should not have any switches between the receiver and the motor, as current drawn by the motor will burn DiSEqC switches out rather quickly.
 

AcWxRadar

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Same line from me... Take out all switches you have. You don't need to go back into your menus and delete or alter the switch menu settings. Just remove the physical switch. That is all you need to do. Understand that as long as the switch itself is out of the circuit, physically and electronically, any of your setup parameters referencing the switch will just be ignored. They won't matter. The commands to control the switch will be sent out over the wire or cable, but without the switch installed, the commands will simply be ignored. Now you have just a fixed point dish with a straight cable to it's LNBF. All the commands will just float off into space since there is no hardware there to pay attention to the commands, Make sense for you?

You will get the point.

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Mikey11

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i agree test without the switch or switches....on a side note whenever a diseqc switch burns out or "goes bad" it will normally stick to port number one....meaning it will connect to whatever you have hooked up to port one regardless of which port you select....
 

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Mikey11 said:
i agree test without the switch or switches....on a side note whenever a diseqc switch burns out or "goes bad" it will normally stick to port number one....meaning it will connect to whatever you have hooked up to port one regardless of which port you select....
I had one go bad once and only port 3 went out... the others still worked fine. If you selected the dish on port 3 the signal quality would fluctuate wildly but nothing would come through.
 

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Was that switch possibly a Chieta HD?
It might have been, it's been sometime ago. I know it was a "cheapie" but it worked for a little while. I have an Emp-Centauri switch out there now for about 3 or 4 years, and that one seems nearly bulletproof, through all kinds of tropical winds and daily 3PM thunderstorms we get here in summertime. :eek:
Funny thing about the old switch, was the port that quit (at the time) had the DBS dish connected, and I thought Charlie did it!!!! :eek: :rant:
 

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i agree test without the switch or switches....on a side note whenever a diseqc switch burns out or "goes bad" it will normally stick to port number one....meaning it will connect to whatever you have hooked up to port one regardless of which port you select....
I have to disagree Mikey
I've got 2 diseqc switches (DMSI version...the newer ones) where port 4 burned out
Had an old Emp-Centauri 8x1 switch where for some off reason ports 1 & 5 went out at the same time...that one is still a mystery
 

AcWxRadar

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My personal encounter with bad switches were with a breed of Chieta models. I ordered several all at once, so probably they all came from the same production lot.
I ordered six I think. At least four of them failed in the same manner. Port #3 steadily and quickly grew worse and would finally not allow a proper quality signal level for the receiver to operate with whatever sat was connected to it. Then, port #4 began failing in the same manner. I'd put on a new switch from that lot and it would work just fine for a short while, then fail in the same way. I went through at least 4 of these switches.

Then, I bought the same model switches at a later date, from the same company, and haven't had any trouble with them in the same setup. Currently, these switches are not in use as I have since changed to a motorized system and I am just using the linear port. However, you see the point I am leaning towards here. All the failed switches were from the same producation run and nearly all of them that I installed failed in the same exact fashion. Several months later, the same switch model purchased didn't fail at all. So, there appeared to be something wrong with their production run on the day that my first batch of switches were manufactured.

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Sassan

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**applause** good call on this....

Thankfully Sadoun is 10 mins from me so I shall be visiting them this week.
 
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