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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-18, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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SHOWHD signal problems

This is the second week when I had to switch to the standard definition channel during Continuum on SHOWHD because the signal level. It jumps between 64-67 (the cut in is at 65 I think) and the image stops or I get the message "signal lost". Most other HD cahnnels are > 85 level and most SD are > 95 so I think its a problem with the channel/transponder itself. Anybody with the same problem ? Should I call Shaw to send a tech, can the signal level be improved ?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-18, 12:30 PM
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Seems your dish is slightly out of wack. I'm getting a 91% signal strength and an EcbNo. of 6.9 on ShowcaseHD. Even that is not a great number but its acceptable. Give them a call.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-18, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, will do.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-18, 02:07 PM
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Yes all good here too.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-24, 10:55 PM
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adit, save yourself some $

Put SHOW-HD on, then put the signal strength meter on.

WHile someone is watching the meter, use a 7/16" wrench, loosen the 2 clamp bolts and SLOWLY turn the dish left and then right.

When the highest signal strength is found, TIGHTEN the two bolts.

Then loosen the two bolts on the side that allow the dish to go up and down.

SLOWLY raise the dish, did the strength increase or decrease?
LOWER it slowly and check the strength.

Once you find the highest signal strength, tighten the bolts.

A word of caution - Shaw receivers are slow at reacting to signal strength, so you have to be patient between adjustments. It can be 2 - 3 seconds for the number to change after moving the dish. Also, before attempting this procedure, be sure to mark the dish's original location using a black marker AND check the elevation # on the guage.

Good Luck! It's not that difficult.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 2012-06-25, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, but the tech came and fixed the problem (I think it's free, anyway). He also replaced the LNBF for the new sat which comes by the end of the year, and updated the receivers firmware for it.
Now most channels are at 97 level, and Shawcase HD is at 94 (from 65 before). Everything works great I should have called before as I was loossing the signal during bad weather for some time.
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