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Is DISH satellite down? (Nope - Just some snow in the dish)

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by EdJ, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

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    I have a VIP 222K set up on the Eastern Arc. I was watching the DISH and at 11:25am EST, the receiver shutdown and tried to restart. It could not find a satellite signal. I pulled the plug to reset it, but it still can not find a satellite signal.

    Is it just me or is the a network problem? The DISH website says nothing...
     
  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    Working fine for me.

    Got snow on your dish?
     
  3. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

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    I just went outside to check the dish and the snow is piled up on it. It has been working fine through the last two snowstorms. Since you confirmed that the satellite is OK, I guess it is me. It is a sunny day today after the snow yesterday, so perhaps the snow has melted a bit and shifted into a position where is is blocking the signal. I guess it is time to go outside into the snow to clear the dish..... :(

    Thanks for the update...
     
  4. EdJ

    EdJ Legend

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    Update....

    The dish antenna is on the roof about 10 feet from the gutter edge. So, I scrounged around for a pole long enough to reach from the ladder. I hauled the extension ladder through the 18 inch deep snow to the back of the house and climbed on up. I REALLY did not want to get onto the roof if there was any way of avoiding it. The pole reached the edge of the dish and I gave it a few taps. That knocked off the snow that was piled up on it.

    YEA!!!! The signal returned and the DW is happy again.... :D
     
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    There are some discussions here about squirters and sprayers using various fluids like automotive windshield washer solvent others use to deal with this.
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Melty snow or ice tends to knock out satellite signals easier than loose powder. I have had to scrape C Band dishes that had a thin layer of wet snow where a thick layer of powder did not affect the signal. The DBS dishes used by DISH have required less attention but follow the same pattern.

    Mine are at ground level so I'm not as worried about brushing them off.
     
  7. Phil T

    Phil T DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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  8. eclipsetrb

    eclipsetrb AllStar

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    When we had snowmagedon a few years back I only lost signal after about 2 1/2 feet of snow. The other day we had 1 inch of wet snow and lost signal snow can be a weird thing on the sat.
     
  9. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Cool Member

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    In five years I've only had to clear snow off of the dish one time, and that was when we got walloped (Northwest NJ) with about 2 and a half feet in 2010-it wasn't so much that the dish was coated in snow (the angle here isn't that shallow so snow generally slides off anyway), but rather the dish was actually buried :lol: I've since gotten an HD dish which is at a bit less of an angle so my installer mentioned spraying silicone lubricant on it which should negate any snow issues.
     

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