Why can't I point a Dish 500?

ProWire

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Jun 25, 2008
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Most of my dealers are selling more Dish than DirecTV right now (probably due to the economy), so I've started installing Dish. When I last installed them about 4 years ago, we had the superdish. Now the locals have moved from 105 to 110, so it's all Dish 500's. I had never installed one until the other day.

I line it up on the 119, peak the db, then switch to 110, peak it, then re-peak 119 just to make sure. I always get 99-100% @ 15-17db on the meter, but the receivers only show between 70-80 on average. What the hell am I doing wrong? I'm a little rusty.
 

Mr Tony

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Nov 17, 2003
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Mankato, MN
Dish receivers had an upgrade a while back that "neutered" the meter. You wont see 100 or 125 signal on spotbeams

now 50 is considered good....I think 30 is minimum
 

chainblu

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Aug 25, 2006
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Add about 35 points to the receiver meter. That what it would have been back in the SuperDish days.
Sounds like you're doing fine.
 

ProWire

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Jun 25, 2008
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Tennessee
You're kidding... so if I hit 80, I'm killin it? Man, that's a load off my shoulders. I thought I was gonna have to go back and re-peak all those dishes.
 

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