Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: westlake village, ca
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Hi, can anyone solve this?
I have 2 DirecTV boxes: one NTSC and one HD (Hughes E86 via Philips brand). The transponder strength on the NTSC box is fine for every transponder. But on the HD box, on the 101 satellite, transponders 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. are either intermittent, or at zero; usually zero. I've unplugged the HD box and waited for 20 minutes. When I reacquire the pgm guide, all the transponders are there, but within hours or days, the even ones disappear again.
On another thread graywolf suggested I put in a fan. I did that, but the problem was not alleviated.
I have an old DTC-100; I substituted the box for the Hughes and found the problem is still there, so it's not the box.
The two differences between the connections on the two boxes: the NTSC one is one single piece of coax, from the dish to the splitter in the roof. The HD box is connected from the dish, to a roof-mounted preamp, where it's combined with the OTA antenna cable, and the combined cable goes across the roof; the cable wasn't long enough so I joined it to another cable, using a gold-plated cable connector. From there, it's into the attic until it gets to the splitter.
Thinking I had a loose connection, I've retightened every single connection probably 10 times. Occasionally, when I shake the cable in the attic, the transponders reappear for a few days, and then go away again.
I spoke to a sat repair guy, asking him if he thought I had a static electricity problem and he said no way that could be the problem.
Any ideas? I'm tired of going into the bedroom every time I want to watch HBO.