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  1. Sep 2, 2006 #1 of 10
    gio12

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    than the basic 1-LNB dish? Ever since this thing was installed any rain or even a cat pissing on it knocks the signal out.

    It looks like all sat and trans have a signal of 88 or better with some at 98-100!

    Anything I can do to make it better?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 2, 2006 #2 of 10
    paulman182

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    There is a Channel Master 3-LNB dish you can buy for $150. It is quite a bit bigger, and I guess you would have to install it yourself or pay someone.

    It does seem to me that the Phase III dish is more sensitive to rain fade than single-sat dishes I have had in the past, or even my 2-sat Dish 500.

    Mine is mounted on a wall and my dogs can't pee that high.
     
  3. Sep 2, 2006 #3 of 10
    mailiang

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    I switched from E to D about 6 weeks ago and was using the E dual LNB dish 500. Now I am using the D multi dish in the same place and there doesn't seem to be much difference. I live on the NJ coast and today it has been pouring due to what was left of a tropical storm that came up from Florida. Despite the 50 mi per hr wind gusts and heavy rain I only lost the signal for a few seconds which wasn't even long enough to generate a searching for signal display. In clear weather my readings on 101 are in the 80's and 90's with one 100. Right now I have readings as low as 50 and as high as 95 due to the adverse weather conditions, but my main spot beams are 4,12,20 on 101, reading 88,94,95 and I'm not losing anything.

    Ian
     
  4. Sep 2, 2006 #4 of 10
    gio12

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    That was a joke, you know ;-)

    We had a huge strom today the signal was out for 10-15 min. Yes it's happend on the round dish before, but those were like crazy rain storms.

    The old SD TiVo is hooked up the the old dish and the signal went out for maybe 30 sec.

    Man, I am glad I have OTA HD signal! That would suck during a Dolphin/Hurricane game :eek2:

    I will look into that dish if i don't go to the 5-LNB when I upgrade to the HR20-700

    Maybe next year, they will have a 5-LNB version!
     
  5. Sep 2, 2006 #5 of 10
    GregStanfield

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    I would check the alignment of the dish. I have the Phase III Dish on my system and have had excellent results. The only time I loose signal is when it is raining like pooring piss out of a boot. My signal levels are between 96-100 on all active transponders on the 101 & 119. 110 is around 92-95. The 101 is just as high if not possibly 2-3% higher than on the standard 18"
     
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    paulman182

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    The alignment is fine on my dish. It was only installed a month ago and readings on some transponders are 100.

    It could just be coincidence that mine seems to lose signal more often than the old dishes. I have been at work every time it has happened so far so I'm not totally sure of the weather. Maybe we've had worse weather at my house than I thought.

    It has also been determined that the R15 receivers need more signal than the non-DVR D11s, because the R15s drop out sooner and stay out longer, even when attached to the same dish.
     
  7. Sep 3, 2006 #7 of 10
    mailiang

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    If you are getting a lot of wind during storms and there are trees in your dish sights, their movement may be a factor in blocking some of you signal at that time.

    Ian
     
  8. Sep 3, 2006 #8 of 10
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    well i don't know if its the dish or not but i know i have even more rain fade problems now that i have 3 R15's. as soon as a storm comes i have the searching message. when i had and old samsung receiver, and 2 RCA receiver connected the rain fade was rare.
     
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    mailiang

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    :eek2:

    That's interesting. I have two R15's and two D10's and I haven't noticed any difference between them.

    Ian
     
  10. Cap'n Preshoot

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    All of the Multi-Sat dishes are a compromise.
    My Avatar (photo at left) may give you some idea of the alternative....
     
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