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martintc
Character Actor
For the past year or so, I have been unable to receive channels from the 61.5 satellite due to a tree in my neighbor's yard.
This hasn't really been an issue because all of the programming I receive comes in just fine on the 72 and 77 satellites.

I was out of town for the week and when I came home last night, I got the "complete signal loss" message on a majority of the channels.

When I pressed the info button, it showed that the vip211k receivers I have are all looking for the stations I previously got on 72 or 77 on the 61.5 satellite.

Did Dish move the channels from 77 and 72 to the 61.5 satellite?
Did my receiver lose its mind?

If the channels are still on 72 and 77, can I force my vip211k to use them and ignore 61.5?

Cutting the tree isn't really an option (because it isn't mine) and relocating the dish may not be possible, but I'd rather try options that don't require those two things first.
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Re: Receiver switched satellites

Chadt41411
Casting Director
A bunch of channels moved from 72 to 61.5 to make room for some big changes.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

martintc
Character Actor
Chadt4141 wrote:
A bunch of channels moved from 72 to 61.5 to make room for some big changes.

Crap.

Looks like I'm going to have to move my receiver (if possible) or make really good friends with my neighbor.

...or worse, move.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

d4g4m
Visual Engineer
Can the dish be moved to receive the signal?
Is turning the dish to 110, 119, 129 an option for you?
I had a huge oak tree branch growing on the side of the house and moved the dish 3 times.
I finally moved the dish to the back yard on a pole with 85" of co-ax.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

martintc
Character Actor
I'm in Kentucky, so I don't know if the western satellites are an option.
Moving the dish would require running cable under my driveway (a major PITA).
Might just have to bite the bullet and talk to the neighbors.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

d4g4m
Visual Engineer
Most of the U.S. has no problem receiving signals from west sats. I'm in FL and use them. Get your strongest signal from 119 and then add 1/8" to the right for 129
If you get to have your neighbor trim the tree, the actual signal you are receiving is about 12-15 degrees above your dish elevation setting. Sat 61.5 is located over the equator above very northern Brazil, 22,300 miles up.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

martintc
Character Actor
As a followup, everything is working now. :)

Tree gone, dish pointed, signal strengths as high as or higher than they were when it first installed.

Re: Receiver switched satellites

Hyseas
Extra
And as fate would have it... It appears the channel lineup is back on 72.7 satellite. Reference: https://www.lyngsat.com/packages/america.html
:roll:

Re: Receiver switched satellites

NYDutch
Audio Engineer
Hyseas wrote:
And as fate would have it... It appears the channel lineup is back on 72.7 satellite. Reference: https://www.lyngsat.com/packages/america.html
:roll:

The most up to date public Dish channel/satellite listings I'm aware of don't show that to be the case as of 6:46AM today:

[url:du50mfjp]http://uplink.jameslong.name/channels.html[/url:du50mfjp]

The LyngSat listings for 72.7 don't show it either:

[url:du50mfjp]https://www.lyngsat.com/packages/Dish-USA-73W.html[/url:du50mfjp]