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I recently mentioned troubles I was having with my satellite reception in bad weather. When I checked my signal strengths, there were a few readings at zero, and a number of others in the 40-percent range (oddly on every other transponder on the same satellite). I called tech support, and they agreed that those 40s were a problem (surprisingly, the zeros were not, they were for local signals that are aimed elsewhere), and we scheduled a service appointment. The technician showed up, and when I told him that I thought the dish may need adjusting he told me this was unlikely, since other signals were quite strong, so he checked the connections of the wires coming off the dish into the house, replacing the male-to-male adaptor along the way, and declaring the job complete. I pointed out the problematic signals were still in the 40s and he told me you couldn't always go by that, so I reminded him that this was why he was here (we couldn't confirm or deny that he'd fixed anything yet, since the problem only exhibited itself in bad weather), and he might have to call his supervisor for advice. At that point I ran through what I knew about the problem, and isolated it to the LMB array that reads the signals after they bounce off the dish. He told me he had never heard of this as an issue, and when I outlined how I isolated the problem he seemed dubious, but he swapped the unit anyway. The readings in question immediately jumped into the 70s, so we had similar strength on every transponder on the previously iffy signal. I couldn't be positive this was fixed until our next storm, but this came last night and the picture didn't break up, so my issue is cleared up.

You know? I don't think I'll even charge DirecTV for my services.

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30. Re: No subject Jul 3, 2008, 05:05 Kxmode
 
Got home and...

Black Mesa mugs are here!!!! Yeaaaaa!

And look! One of them is broken! Booooooooo...

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29. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 21:24 nin
 
What do you guys think about Wall-E?

Haven't seen it, but I've not seen a bad review yet...I'm thinking I'll wait on the dvd...



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28. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 21:13 Capella
 
What do you guys think about Wall-E?

 
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27. No subject Jul 2, 2008, 19:05 xXBatmanXx
 
edit: Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 34...not their worst, but certainly not very good, either.

I have never found RT a very good source for scores....

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26. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 18:53 complicity
 
And look! One of them is broken! Booooooooo...
That must be one of the post-incursion models.
 
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25. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 18:29 nin
 
Got home and...

Black Mesa mugs are here!!!! Yeaaaaa!

And look! One of them is broken! Booooooooo...






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24. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 17:25 nin
 
Have only seen the commercials - just a Supes ripoff right?

It looks like it wants to be a cross between a comedy and an action movie, but I believe there's been a number of rewrites and reshoots as last as this last March. Most reviews have said it can't seem to decided what type of movie to be, and as a result doesn't do any genre very well.

edit: Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 34...not their worst, but certainly not very good, either.

A shame...it looked fun...



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23. No subject Jul 2, 2008, 16:50 xXBatmanXx
 
Have only seen the commercials - just a Supes ripoff right?

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22. No subject Jul 2, 2008, 16:48 nin
 
Holy shit...Hancock got a (single) decent review!

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/07/review-will-smi.html

Still think it's going to suck...



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21. Re: HDless Jul 2, 2008, 15:18 Yosemite Sam
 
I set up my own dish, you really need a clear LOS. At first I got it to a 70% but in heavy rain I would lose signal. Well there was a tree that had some branches a little in the way so I asked and got permission from the neighbors to chop some branches, realigned the dish and got a 95% signal in clear weather, havent lost my signal since.  
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20. Re: HDless Jul 2, 2008, 14:02 The Half Elf
 
nin have you ever seen Dirty Jobs or Mythbusters?

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19. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 13:51 Mr. Tact
 
Just like other frequencies they will license them out and make millions a year from companies.
Yes, that is the plan. Would you care to bet on whether it goes down that way?
 
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18. UserFriendly Jul 2, 2008, 13:36 Repeat Offender
 

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17. Re: HDless Jul 2, 2008, 13:20 nin
 
I guess that will be the end of my television viewing days.

You're not missing much, when it comes to tv.

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16. Re: No subject Jul 2, 2008, 13:06 Enahs
 
I don't want to read 5-15 years from now how company XYZ made billions because they bought the bandwidth dirt cheap and despite using public airwaves the tax payers get no benefit.

Just like other frequencies they will license them out and make millions a year from companies. That should help the tax payer, as it should make the government more money and help the economy.

But how well the government is run is completely different topic.....

Everybody all over the world is switching over....

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15. No subject Jul 2, 2008, 12:58 Mr. Tact
 
My concern with the conversion is that the government get a fair and reasonable price on the airwave bandwidth they sell after getting rid of analog broadcasts. I don't want to read 5-15 years from now how company XYZ made billions because they bought the bandwidth dirt cheap and despite using public airwaves the tax payers get no benefit.


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14. Re: HDless Jul 2, 2008, 12:57 Enahs
 
I will not have the government TELL ME to go upgrade my television technology.

That sure is a silly concept.

Somebody has to regulate the frequencies, other wise people would be screwing with other peoples signals (on purpose or accident is irrelevant). While I may not agree that they are doing the best job, why would you want to be stuck with such an old and inferior technology? You are acting like the RIAA when the digital revolution came around. Afraid of change. Ohh no!



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13. Re: HDless Jul 2, 2008, 12:52 Warhawk
 
When this format reigns supreme come January 2009 I guess that will be the end of my television viewing days. I will not have the government TELL ME to go upgrade my television technology. I will also not buy a converter. I have bills to pay; television is on the bottom of my list of priorities.

You can get up to 2 free coupons for $40 off the converter boxes here:

https://www.dtv2009.gov/

I'd suggest using the mail-in coupons, I couldn't get the web interface to confirm that they got my info.

A real quick search for them at Walmart's website shows 2 for sale at $50, so you can go buy one of these for $10 out of pocket to get all your TV goodness. Quit whining.
 

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12. No subject Jul 2, 2008, 12:49 Mr. Tact
 
A quick cruise around the Direct TV forums tells me the signal strength you should get is dependent on the receiver you have. On some if you get a signal str. in the mid 70s you are good. On others you should be getting into the 90s...  
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11. Re: Unf^&*(ing Acceptable Jul 2, 2008, 12:43 Zombi Z
 
I'm sorry, I read that again. If you're getting 0 signal on every other transponder that is a separate catsatrophy entirely. That is a voltage drop and is definitely a cable issue.

To switch between transponders the receiver sends alternatively 13 and 18 volt / 22khz pulses ('tone') to signal the LNB to tune alternate transponders. However the receiver has no way of knowing if all went well and simply sends the signal and waits to be sung its lullaby. If it sends the tone and doesn't get the approriate signal back, the signal just reads 0.

Zeros are not normal. Ever. There are maybe three transponders that read zero when the receiver isn't downloading any new software. But this bull about 'local' channels is a line you were fed unless your local television stations happen to periodically black out and go completely off-air during normal waking hours. If you're getting poor signal from every other transponder much less a sequence of zeros, the cable has become worn or damaged and isn't passing voltage.

The bum didn't want to run new cable- the most time consuming part of a satellite service install.

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