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conway

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What kind of signals should I be seeing on my 10ft mesh dish on 97w 99w and 101w 103w, 105w. lets use 101w for example.. on metv I only get 60 percent quality and on WGN WPIX transponder I barely get any signal at all.. also on 99w I try to pull in NBC 4 it very weak as well.. any input? thanks
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Try adjusting your LNB( inward,outward,turn right and left)til you get best signal.Also find out what your "true south "location is and adjust it while pointed there.Hope this helps.Maybe some other member can give some help.
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I agree with Turtleman, sounds like your dish still has to be peaked a bit.

Your profile shows you in South Carolina, well within the footprint of all those sats.  As long as you don't have any obstructions and your dish is relatively peaked, all of them (97W to 105W) should show pretty decent signals.

With that said, the quality percentage you see will vary greatly depending on your receiver.  I am in PA and also have a 10' mesh. 

For example, MeTV on 101W shows a quality in the high 80's on some receivers, and 50's-60's on other receivers.  So I wouldn't rely too much solely on what your receiver is displaying.

If it is in your budget, I would recommend getting a signal meter and using it out at the dish to peak your true south sat (or closest to true south) and go from there.  Rick has a very good selection of meters here http://www.gofastmotorsports.com/signalmeters.htm
Hope this helps!

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thanks for your information. lets use 83w for example.. I can pull all those channels good from that sat.. 60 percent quality on the meter.  Another is Galaxy 16. I pull everything there near 100 percent quality but i can't pull in 3813 H.. just bouncing signal meter from 0 to 25 percent and the picture is all broken up. I have a openbox z5.
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I 2nd what big hemi wrote.A good sat meter is a huge help conway.Most ( not all ) sat receivers are not going to give good results when using the signal meter to align a dish.
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conway

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thank you very much.. do you guys recommend a certain model?
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Conway....did ya try any of turtleman's suggestions in post #2 ?

just wondrin......I know most times, one of those ideas is the answer for me...

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NO I have not been able to try that yet.. my dish is the kind you get from tek2000 and satellite galore.. so I think I might have a focal distance problem.. I have to twist the the whole feed assembly around a little bit. also another strange note.. I get KU band fine.. 125degrees w for example.. I get 100 percent quality and similar for other ku band satellites.. so I find it real strand that there are some transponders I just can't pull in.. has me baffled. also 105 w I get the nbc channels but only around 15 pecent quality.. I am going to purchase a signal meter from here. I need to know a good and easy one to use.
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I purchased this meter from Rick and happy with it http://www.gofastmotorsports.com/SatHeroSH200.htm
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NO I have not been able to try that yet.. my dish is the kind you get from tek2000 and satellite galore.. so I think I might have a focal distance problem.. I have to twist the the whole feed assembly around a little bit. also another strange note.. I get KU band fine.. 125degrees w for example.. I get 100 percent quality and similar for other ku band satellites.. so I find it real strand that there are some transponders I just can't pull in.. has me baffled. also 105 w I get the nbc channels but only around 15 pecent quality.. I am going to purchase a signal meter from here. I need to know a good and easy one to use.


Conway...is your dish low to the ground? (I hope)

is it easy to run it down and get your hands on the feedhorn and lnb?

if it's easy, take a receiver and a small tv OUT TO THE DISH and hook it up.

pick a sat you want and fine tune at the dish, while watching the receivers TP signal strength meter.

find a tp that's low and try and get the signal to go up, while looking at the tv screen.

your mounting collar (on the pole) might even be off an 1/8 of an inch....several possibilities....

also try the push down, pull up trick.
get a tp signal on the screen...
manually push down softly on the bottom of the dish...
if the signal drops, do the opposite...pull UP on the dish...

I fought a big 11 foot fiberglass dish for 2 months....had similar problems you are descibing.
turned out I had a combination problem...
1) the dish needed spinning on the pole about 1/4 inch
AND
2) the focal distance was too far out as well....

tinkering with it AT THE DISH, solved my issues...
(can't keep running back n forth into the house...lol)

just some thoughts THAT HELPED ME.......

good luck to yas..

bud






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