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i've been having a similar issue with my hdvr2. i thought it was a transponder issue, as once when i was testing the signal strength, some of the transponders weren't coming in that well. but did it again a few days ago and the signal strength was pretty much good except for 1 transponder that was just ok (i think in the 60s range).

never considered the multiswitch.. hmmm..
 

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JimSpence said:
Good luck.

And milo99, there are spot beam TPs on the satellite. So some may be off a bit. For 101 they are 4, 12, 18, 20, 26 ans 28.
what exactly does that mean? Because i have noticed that those exact transponders on occasion have had worse reception...

(does TP = transponder?)
 

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JimSpence said:
A spot beam transponder is only beamed to specific areas in order to broadcast locals to that area. You will only receive channels from the spot beam that is servicing your locale. The other spot beams can still show a signal, but you don't receive any channels from those.

How are you determining that those TPs are giving you are problem?
well, checking the signal strength on the setup screen, i've noticed that those will often have lower strength than everything else.

For example, right now, transponder 20 is in the 50s while 18 is 100 and others are in the 90s. and of course, my local channels 4, 5 and 7 are having issues.

I did get a new m/s since i was having other issues w/ my old anyways, but that apparently wasn't the problem.
 

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JimSpence said:
Specific to your question, TPs 18 and 20 are spot beams. Having 50s for 18 is normal if you are not under the beam. TP20 being at 100 tells me that is the spot beam servicing your area. I'll let someone else in the know determine what spot beam your locals are on.
well that would make sense... but actually it's 18 that i get 100 for, while 20 i get in the 50s. I found this site with a table of transponders:
http://www.widemovies.com/dtvtransponders.html

according to this, 20 has DL4 and DL5- is that local channels 4 and 5?

eta: i get a 0 on tp 28 by the way... i'm guessing that's a spot beam i'm not supposed to get...
 

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ok so i just realized something. when i'm watching a particular channel, if i go to the settings and test the signal strength, the transponder it starts on is the one which is carrying that specific channel. I noticed it was the case when i was flipping channels and while on NGC i went to settings and it started on TP6. tested it out and i'm pretty sure this is how it goes.

anyway, when on my locals, it goes to TP18, so since that one has such a strong signal, signal strength can't be the cause of the pixelation. has to be something else. if not the m/s, could it be the HD starting to die?
 
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