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Back same info.
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Al's back! Booming signal tonight.
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Al? With Ku?? Peg must be downsizing...
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Nope very high profile show.... Requires a C-band touch...
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This is up again tonight.
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seems weaker then last night.
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It's weak for me too. barely coming in at 57-58 quality on my azbox elite.

edit: I have a solid lock now at 59 quality.
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was getting 70's last night, today low 60's
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As long as you can tune it in is all that really matters. Picture quality is really good.
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yeap Back Street Boys on now..  lol
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It is weaker because last night it was raining in NYC so they cranked up the power to compensate. They have returned it to normal parameters now that skies are clear.

Well Al, since you're here I was wondering if you could clarify why they don't just uplink everything at full power instead of regularly modifying the strength... do uplinkers get a discount from SES for conserving energy or something?

And is there any particular reason why it was on G17 instead of AMC 1 or 6 the first week? I found that strange. I was under the impression that NBC owns dedicated space on AMC 1 or 6 so uplinking there is basically free for them... but they must pay a lot of money for renting a few hours of usage on G17, yes?
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Originally we had a small uplink truck here from the street (51st) you can see G17 and that's about it... They were paying extra for the sat space when they could have used NBC's for free essentially... NBC wanted to in a fiber loss be able to take it right off their own roof... They cannot see G17 and had to have it fibered into NYC which wasn't really redunant and had too many points of failure... We brought our flyaway in and put it on the roof where there is a clear shot to AMC 1... And yes it is a little lower tonight I was expecting precipitation and had it boosted and cranked it when the rain dropped in... And no we don't get a rebate for being lower in power lol...
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...why they don't just uplink everything at full power instead of regularly modifying the strength... do uplinkers get a discount from SES for conserving energy or something?


According to what I've read elsewhere, since the downlink satellites that NBC and NBC stations use to receive AMC 1 are large, NBC can usually get away with keeping the power levels very low on the horizontal transponders that it leases on AMC 1. In turn, this has the advantage of cutting down on interference and conserving the batteries on the satellite. The latter I assume is partly responsible for this satellite still being in use nearly 2 years, and counting, past its intended lifespan of 15 years.
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How often does a fiber link fail?
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Fiber fails because there are so many points that a failure can happen... It can be as silly as someone brushes against the wrong thing in a fiber room, construction taking out a fiber circuit, or in the case of ip based fiber... Running out of bandwidth...

As far as the satellites running out of power, I could be wrong but I believe that satellites become un useful when they no longer have the propellant to keep it stationary in orbit, and / or the solar panels for whatever reason are not make enough power to run the spacecraft fully. Or in the case of the satellite at 93* have a malfunction and / or damage and operate in a diminished fashion...
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