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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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I've had the Dish 1000 for a few months now. When it was first installed, by a Dish contractor, I got terrible signal on most of the 129 transponders. If I recollect correctly, it was in the mid to high 50's% across the board. I would lose ESPN2 and NFLHD with partly cloudy skies. After a couple of weeks, I complained and Dish agreed to come out to reaim the dish since they apparently have a 90 day guarantee. A Dish employee did the reaiming. The best he could do on the 129 was 63-65%, depending on the transponder. While I don't completely lose anything now, NFLHD does have studdering video (the audio is OK) during heavy thunderstorms. The rest of the channels are OK (at least the ones I watch).
My signal strength on the 110 and 119 satellites is in the high 90% range for both. Based on my NFLHD signal strength, I'd say 60% isn't good enough.
I hope Dish dumps the 129 satellite soon. I've seen way too many posts regarding problems with it.