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okay, i'm the new guy here, but this was the best forum i could find.
here's the deal, i just moved into an apartment where my patio looks
directly south. from the directv site is says the angle should be 51
degrees and the azimuth at 181. no luck. so i get my other box which has
the dual input and it tells me, 49 degrees and azimuth @ 198. still no
luck. one thing i do know is that there is a tree that is blocking the
satellite path, a texas live oak. the one big question i have is, i'm not
getting ANY signal at all on all transponders. i know that trees block
the signals, but i do know that you can usually at least get a weak
one....does this sound like a box issue?....and should i just go buy a
signal meter to be sure?
 
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bodizypha wrote:
> okay, i'm the new guy here, but this was the best forum i could find.
> here's the deal, i just moved into an apartment where my patio looks
> directly south. from the directv site is says the angle should be 51
> degrees and the azimuth at 181. no luck. so i get my other box which has
> the dual input and it tells me, 49 degrees and azimuth @ 198. still no
> luck. one thing i do know is that there is a tree that is blocking the
> satellite path, a texas live oak. the one big question i have is, i'm not
> getting ANY signal at all on all transponders. i know that trees block
> the signals, but i do know that you can usually at least get a weak
> one....

No, that is not necessarily true at all, depending on the thickness of
the foilage.


> does this sound like a box issue?....and should i just go buy a
> signal meter to be sure?

You could, but then again it would be a waste of time if that mighty oak
is still in the way.
You might try it in the winter when/if the leaves fall.
 
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Keep in mind that the signal from the bird does not come in at at 49-51
degrees. It actually comes in above that and bounces from the top of the
dish down to the lnb.

Don't waste your money on a signal meter. You already have one built into
the box! Just have someone watch the TV while you're on the ladder or roof.
Communicate by cellphone if necessary to the other person.

Align the dish azimuth/elevation correctly and attempt the slow-sweep
pattern moving very slowly and ever so slightly, then wait for at least 5
seconds for the signal to register. The actual specs they give you are just
to get you in the ballpark. The tilt of the earth on it's axis and
atmospheric conditions can cause degree reading to vary by as much as 10
degrees in terms of azimuth. Elevation normally doesn't vary much more than
a half a degree.
 
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