Satellite dishes are very directional, and each signal id's itself.

DirecTV will tell you the angle to point your highly directional antenna at a satellite (or

on FE).

https://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/customer/dishPointerSo we have a pointer to the satellite that we can truth check and a web page that will tell us the angles without equipment or going anywhere. Let's see what the deal with this is on FE. All math is FE, no curvature correction. I do like the ease of calculation on a cartesian plane without that pesky curvature. RE is harder.

The one transmitter case:

The DirecTV web page gives satellite elevation in Grand Forks ND as 35 degrees, Brownsville TX is 59.4. The 1500 mi distance and a triangle calculator gives an altitude of 1778 mi. This is far above the capability of balloons or stratalites, I would think.

Been down this road with GPS, I will need to discuss the multi-transmitter case:

So by FE logic, there must be multiple transmitters. Taking 40 mi as a very generous altitude for balloons or stratalites, this gives the position of the stratalite/balloon/??? as 57 mi south of Grand Forks and 23.6 mi south of Brownsville. Hope no ground cables necessary to hold balloons in position. A balloon at this distance with the directionality of a dish could be a problem, better hold them stationary this close. A mile equals a degree at 40 mi altitude.

How many will we need? I calculate the ground distance for a 1 degree error in Brownsville would be 0.9 mi. You are going to need a transmitter every .9 mi, or the angle will be wrong. You can use fewer transmitters, but the angles will get worse. Someone is going to notice there are signals in every direction for the same satellite, including satellites north of you that are published as being at the equator. Or miraculously directional antennas, trouble at the equidistant point with interference anyway.

Bunch of new problems, multiple transmitters a mile apart broadcasting same signal. Many many transmitters need to be synchronized. Plus, I have only considered elevation. To include azimuth, you are going to need many many many transmitters, a grid a mile apart, they all need to be synchronized perfectly. I calculate you will need 3,000,000 transmitters to give everyone in USA an angle that is less than 1 degree off.

Incredibly expensive engineering nightmare. And the installers are going to notice that there are multiple signals at slightly different angles. FEs say they won't notice (because they have to not notice for the FE story), but they will. Engineers try every knob and switch, point things in every direction, like a kid with a techno toy, that's how we roll.

Any FE Rube Goldberg explanations? Seems like this is publicly available verifiable confirmation that the DirecTV transmitter is where they say it is, transmitter is 22,000 miles above the equator in geostationary orbit. Once again, the simple direct explanation is RE and satellites, as published. I hope I get some doozies. Probably 0 replies.