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keeping snow off the dish this year


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#26 OFFLINE   jjlkpeterson

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:41 PM

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.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:26 PM

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)
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#28 OFFLINE   bonscott87

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:57 PM

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.


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.

#29 OFFLINE   Phil T

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:21 PM

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.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:18 PM

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

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 03:04 PM

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

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:

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 03:57 PM

I've said the same thing for years: Super Soaker with warm water.

Works every time. :D


Same thing I recommend.
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:53 PM

I would recommend filling the super soaker with the orange de-icer you use in your wind shield wipers
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:13 AM

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.
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#35 OFFLINE   Kevin F

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:17 PM

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

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:34 PM

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


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.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 10:17 PM

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

Even my 30" dish for the 101 got blocked.

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 02:51 AM

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!

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 07:25 AM

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!


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.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 11:40 AM

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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Posted 15 November 2010 - 12:45 PM

With the new signal bands and HD digital pictures, every bit and pixel is important. So, I continue to recommend Hot Shot for those of us in snow country. The power consumption is small; it is thermostatically controlled and automatic; and, if you can get to your dish and take the platter off to install it (which is really the only practical way to do it), you can install it on the backside and not worry about signal strength.

Once it's on and connected, you can just forget about it. All in all, a well-engineered and useful product.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:34 PM

With the new signal bands and HD digital pictures, every bit and pixel is important. So, I continue to recommend Hot Shot for those of us in snow country. The power consumption is small; it is thermostatically controlled and automatic; and, if you can get to your dish and take the platter off to install it (which is really the only practical way to do it), you can install it on the backside and not worry about signal strength.

Once it's on and connected, you can just forget about it. All in all, a well-engineered and useful product.

Stan


And for those concerned about "removing the platter/dish" it is very simple. Just take off the 4 nuts/bolts on the back and it slips right off. The LNB Arm remains firmly in it's position and the 4 bolts are "keyed" so they go back in the exact position and it doesn't change the aiming of the dish (unless you hang on it). It was like 3 minutes to remove it and 5 minutes to put it back on because I dropped one of my nuts on the ground and had to look for it. Fortunately it was large enough to easily spot.




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