Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:50 PM
Just keep in mind, depending on your locality, whenever you have dense, severe thunderstorms to your south, you will most likely have some outages. Here in the midwest, we get towering thunderstorms. When they are right overhead, there isn't much of a problem. When they are to the south, and the line-of-sight is directly through a large set of cells, we have outages. It has always been that way, and has gotten worse with the advent of HD, because they are running on an even higher frequency, which is suffers more precip loss.
My signal levels are fine. Two different dishes on the house behave exactly the same way, even though they show slightly different signal levels.
In our area, some precip fade is expected. There is absolutely nothing that can be done about it. This is just part of satellite reception (on these Ka/Ku band systems). C-band was not as vulnerable, but it did happen, however rarely.
If the signal levels are good (and yours are), and the connections were properly waterproofed (no water in the coax now), and no corrosion from past poor installations, then any rain fade (or snow, for that matter) is something you may have to live with, or change to cable or fios (if available).
I say "may", because I don't know what is "normal" for your part of NY. Here in Iowa, we will experience rain fade several times per year, and in a year like this one, where we are 12 inches over normal precip, it has been more often. That's how it is....here. YMMV.
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