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Which DirecTV channels are actually on Satellite 99º, 101º, 103º, 110º, and 119º? Is there a list somewhere to see this information?

I am interested to know because my signal strength is only in the upper 70's and lower 80's on most satellites, but it's hitting mid-90's on a few satellites. I watch mainly HD content, and I would like to optimize my picture if possible, but which satellites am I looking to get the highest signal strength readings on?!
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Which DirecTV channels are actually on Satellite 99º, 101º, 103º, 110º, and 119º? Is there a list somewhere to see this information?

I am interested to know because my signal strength is only in the upper 70's and lower 80's on most satellites, but it's hitting mid-90's on a few satellites. I watch mainly HD content, and I would like to optimize my picture if possible, but which satellites am I looking to get the highest signal strength readings on?!

If the signal strengths you are quoting are correct, then it does not matter what is where, as your Dish is not aligned the best it could be.

As for HD, all you need to do is concentrate on 99º and 103º.
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Yeah, every one of mine are in the 90's. These techicians are lazy so sometimes you have to tell them how to do their job.
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So is there a list anywhere that explicitly states which HD channels are on which satellite?

I'm thinking I'll have to go out on the roof soon to try to improve my overall signal strength...
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So is there a list anywhere that explicitly states which HD channels are on which satellite?

I'm thinking I'll have to go out on the roof soon to try to improve my overall signal strength...

As noted in post #2, all but the few remaining Channel 70-90 MPEG2 Channels that are slowly going away are on 99º and 103º.
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99 and 103.

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99 and 103.

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Thank You!! Exactly what I was looking for!!!
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Thank You!! Exactly what I was looking for!!!

If you get 90s on at least some of the transponders on both 99 & 103, your dish is aimed correctly.

Some transponders are spot beams aimed at other cities, and are supposed to have lower signal strength than the others, if not being used in your area.
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99 and 103.

Doc

Looking at those lists, I don't see the Hartford, CT affiliates listed. Is the list not up to date or are they on another bird?
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99 and 103.

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I have sat 103a and 103b....what's the difference???
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I have sat 103a and 103b....what's the difference???

Essentially, one is Conus, the other is spotbeam, even though the Conus bird does have some spotbeam ability.
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Essentially, one is Conus, the other is spotbeam, even though the Conus bird does have some spotbeam ability.

So they are 2 different satellites??? What is a Conus? Is it the name of the manufactor of the sat?
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So they are 2 different satellites??? What is a Conus? Is it the name of the manufactor of the sat?

CONUS = Continental United States (nationwide coverage).
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is there an actual current list of dtv chanels per bird and showing future planned setups

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http://www.dbstalk.com/topic/200951-transponder-maps-domestic-latinam-data-refresh-492014/

A correctly aligned dish will show signal levels of:
high 90s or even 100 on MOST of the transponders on the 101 satellite (some will be low or even zero because they are spotbeams carrying locals directed at different cities)
high 90s/100 on MOST 119 transponders (again, several 119 transponders are spotbeams)
high 90s/100 on the few active transponders on 110. Note that the continental US does not get ANY programming from 110.
At least high 80s, preferably low to mid 90s on ALL 99c/103ca/103cb transponders
99s and 103s spotbeams carry HD locals directed at different cities so seeing many low or zero signals is quite normal.

There are several satellites at a number of the DirecTV satellite slots but many of the transponders are grouped together, what you see on your screen are not necessarily "satellites".
103ca and 103cb are all CONUS transponders carried in the A-band and B-band frequency bands respectively, but the physical satellites carrying these also carry spotbeams for locals which appear in the 103s transponder listing, along with transponders from another satellite carrying only locals. Similarly at 99 where 99c is CONUS transponders, and 99s is spotbeamed locals from the same physical satellite delivering the 99c CONUS plus locals from another satellite carrying only locals.

When aligning the dish you don't align for specific satellites. The dish is designed so when you align correctly for one satellite all the others fall into place. There are several articles on the internet describing how you align a dish correctly (even without a meter) but basically it gets aligned to 101 correctly (in theory using a process called "dithering"). Then you check the 99c/103ca/103cb satellites and fine tune the dish if the signals aren't strong enough.
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CONUS = Continental United States (nationwide coverage) mean just that....the term does NOT include Alaska and Hawaii.
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