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keeping snow off the dish this year

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Kevin F, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Phil T

    Phil T Active Member DBSTalk Club

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    Here is where i got mine.

    http://www.satpro.tv/slimlinehotshotdishheater.aspx

    They are cheeper and they ship very fast. I ordered on Monday and received it on Thursday. They drop ship it from the manufacturer.
     
  2. johns70

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    I live in Minnesota and I've never had to clean snow of my dish.

    No heater, no super-soaker.....
     
  3. codespy

    codespy Packers or Bust!!

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    Is your dish on the INSIDE of a window? :)

    You are lucky for your environment!
     
  4. Richierich

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    It might but I doubt it but Good Luck.
     
  5. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    I'm sure it does assuming you want to stand outside in the snow/sleet/rain at 9 o'clock at night aiming 30'-60' feet away in the dark up to the peak of your roof trying to hit the dish in below freezing weather and possibly repeating it multiple times the same night. :grin:

    Figuring in the $15-$20 cost of the SS one would have to buy anyway it was worth ~$100 net difference for this 63yr old to simply turn on a switch from indoors and stay nice and warm even if I only needed it one time all winter.

    Edit: BTW, got mine off eBay for under $100 after a $30 coupon eBay sent me earlier this fall. Was just using Amazon as an example of what it was not for price.
     
  6. jjlkpeterson

    jjlkpeterson Cool Member

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    New customer here....just received our first snow here in the Denver area and the signal was lost. Went out and brushed off about an inch of snow and the signal came back. I didn't think that this small of amount of snow would cause it to block the signal. With the snow off, the signal strength is in the high 90's and green.

    With Dish, it took around 3+ inches before I had to worry about it.
     
  7. doubleatheman

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    Snow? What's snow :p it only snows in my town once every 42 years!!! And for the last 146 years it has been true. (it has only snowed here once in my life)
     
  8. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    DirecTV uses KA band for HD which will go out quicker.

    Having said that I've had 5-6 inches of snow on my dish with no signal loss. It just depends on the kind of snow. Light fluffy stuff...heck bury the dish and it'll still have signal. Heavy wet snow/ice...half inch could knock it out.
     
  9. Phil T

    Phil T Active Member DBSTalk Club

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    I have had satellite tv since 1997 and live SouthWest of Denver. Most of the time a cold dry snow will not be a problem, but a heavy wet snow will do me in every time. Last winter was the worst and I was out on the roof several times to clear the dish. The snow today was not a problem but I did have the HotShot on. I don't think this was much of a test. I am waiting for a big dump, maybe Thursday.
     
  10. bemenaker

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    Do these heaters affect your reception, good or bad? That one link claims it improves reception.
     
  11. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Well if there is snow on the dish and you get no reception and the heater melts it off it definately has been improved. :lol:

    Mine doesn't but maybe that's because mine is on the BACK of the dish. :eek2:
     
  12. ndole

    ndole Problem Solver

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    Same thing I recommend.
     
  13. tech24218

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    I would recommend filling the super soaker with the orange de-icer you use in your wind shield wipers
     
  14. ejjames

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    Up here in North Dakota/Minnesota, I've had D* since '95. For the first 6 years, it was a metal Sony dish. I never had a snow or ice problem. Then I got a plastic phase III dish and I was trudging through every snowfall using a wallpaper brush duct taped to a snow rake pole. PITA!

    Then they installed the metal slimline-5, and no more problems.
     
  15. Kevin F

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    Im pretty sure the phase 3 and newer dishes are all metal. Im pretty sure the slimline on my roof is... correct me if I'm wrong
     
  16. ejjames

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    Maybe I "misrememberd" the name, but it was their dish that had 2 LNBs for 101 and 119, you could add a 3rd lnb in between to get 110. That's the plastic dish I had.
     
  17. codespy

    codespy Packers or Bust!!

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    My Slimline suffered last winter with heavy wet snow/ice. Signal gone.

    Even my 30" dish for the 101 got blocked.
     
  18. durian

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    need help here!!!!

    never had snow problems before, even last winter when snow fell by the foot my signal was never lost. we had our first snow of the season tonight - only about 2in - and my signal was lost, need it back in time for football!!!!

    when clearing snow, does it need to be cleared from the dish or the LNB? or both? how careful/gentle does one need to be?

    many thanks for any help!
     
  19. tvropro

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    Heavy wet snow will take out ku and ka signals. A large amount of moisture in the clouds between you and the satellite will also kill it.

    When I clean the dish I remove all the snow and then wipe the lnbf lens dry. Drops of water on the lens can cause the signal to be deflected. The feed point needs no obstructions since this is where the signal is concentrated.
     
  20. sum_random_dork

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    A neighbor down the street from me uses the Dish Heater, I couldn't tell you if it works or not. In the Tahoe area we get 2-4 storms a year with heavy wet snow. Most of the times I don't have an issue. The wet snow seems to really pile up on the dish but as soon as the sun comes out it quickly clears off. I am lucky and have my dish by a deck that makes it easy to reach with a broom. I have tried using Rain-X w/out any real success in the past.
     

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