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OTA and Rain Fade

Discussion in 'DISH™ OTA Support and Discussion Forum' started by BillRadio, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Jan 2, 2014 #1 of 11
    BillRadio

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    I get rain fade once or twice a year. I would have hoped I could just switch to one of the OTA channels in our VP211K. Alas, the screen reads "Signal Loss..." and I can't exit from that screen to tune in an OTA channel. I tried rebooting the receiver and tuning the OTA channel before the receiver finds out there is satellite signal loss, but that won't work more than a few seconds.

    Is there a work around?
     
  2. Jan 2, 2014 #2 of 11
    NYDutch

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    In my RV, I ran the OTA coax through an A/B switch that lets me select sending it to the 211k or direct to the TV. The 211k feeds the TV via HDMI, so the TV's coax input was available without needing a second A/B switch.
     
  3. Jan 2, 2014 #3 of 11
    Stewart Vernon

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    I think if there is an extended period of signal loss you are kind of stuck... but usually at first you can go to the EPG or into the Menu and select the Guide, and from here tune to one of the OTA channels. Once you are on an OTA channel, you can manually type other OTA channels from there.
     
  4. Jan 2, 2014 #4 of 11
    thomasjk

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    If I remember from my 622 days its Menu-->Guide.
     
  5. SeaBeagle

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    What is the best indoor aerial to purchase to use with the DISH OTA module. I hooked any of my free coaxial cables hoping to scan n channels. None scanned in. I saw on the bottom of the screen the words Not Locked in the bottom left of the screen and he right bottom there s Signal Strength 0. No matter which coaxial wire I hooked up those two items never changed.


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  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Doctor Whom Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Why did you post this question in this thread and start three other threads?
     
  7. shadough

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    its true that if too much time has past, your SOL. Might b able to watch DVR events at that point, but the only way to get away from that signal loss screen is to press menu and then DVR or GUIDE
     
  8. Jun 5, 2014 #8 of 11
    BillRadio

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    Well, here it is, our first, and probably only, rain fade of the year, last night. Rain fades only occur here when the rain is approaching, the actual rain comes several minutes later. Unfortunately, I was in the bathroom and could not try any of the potential remedies. We only missed about 3 minutes of the Stanley Cup...which was available OTA.

    I realize I could unhook a cable here, throw a switch there...but the best solution would be simple enough for any family member to figure out. I guess I need to replicate the LOS, however, I don't think I can just unplug the cable...I need a nice mylar balloon.
     
  9. Jun 6, 2014 #9 of 11
    NYDutch

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    If the dish is easily reachable, some foil over the LNBF would simulate a complete LOS.
     
  10. jamelar

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    Or empty soup cans
     
  11. Michael P

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    I go to the EPG, scroll to an OTA channel and select.

    When you get the "signal lost" screen the EPG is still accessible (because the lost signal may be with just one of the 3 orbital positions). If you have a DVR your recordings are also still accessible.

    As for the best indoor antenna for a E* OTA tuner, I use a Silver Sensor. One of the channels it picks up is 57 miles away (I'm on high ground and that channel has a large coverage area). Just make sure you aim it out a window, if possible, for best results.
     

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