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Losing signal during a rain/snow event
Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:51 AM
I live a mile or 2 from the Baltimore Inner Harbor. I know that Sandy was not as strong as expected here, but it was still substantial and we have lost signal for much less of a storm many times over the years. We got pounded for some 18 hours by torrential rains and all that wind, and water poured into the house from places never seen before. We were ready for several hours of no signal during the middle of the storm; however we never lost the picture for 1 second. It pixelated a couple of times, but that was it.
I did have an actual Directv tech come to my house for a broken mounting bracket about a month ago and he inspected my entire system and made some tweaks while he was there. He told me they had stopped using subs for support calls and were working on getting rid of subs altogether. In this case, that seems to have made all the difference
That tech got a grateful text msg this AM.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:10 AM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:33 AM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:44 AM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:48 AM
A few times this past summer there were several severe T-storms that came through here and those did block my signal. This storm didn't.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:00 PM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:45 PM
I was very impressed (also in Baltimore area) that we didn't lose a moment's signal. Bravo.
Applaud to "Sandy" ?
Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:51 PM
Edited by n3ntj, 30 October 2012 - 03:02 PM.
Electrical/RF Engineer & Inspector
DirecTV Equipment: HR24-200, HR24-100, 5LNB Slimline, AM21, SWiM 8 installed (MRV)
HR-2x Configuration: Native OFF. Units OFF when not in use.
TVs: 2 Panasonic Plasma TV's each using HDMI (one 1080p/one 720p)
DirecTV customer since 1998. Plus HD DVR package w/ NHL Center Ice & MLB Extra Innings.
OTA Antenna: Homebrew UHF & VHF antennas w/ 30dB amplifier fed w/ RG-6 Quad-shield coax.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:12 PM
Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:32 PM
With very low values but still locked in, I wonder if something had changed to what signal level can still be processed, though.
BR: HR21-200, Viso 32LX, DB350 Blu Ray
Dish: Slimline, SWM8
Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:28 AM
Last night we had a thunder storm blow thru wit torrential down pours from the south, lost signal for about 5 mins!
"rainfade" well not a thing of the past, is not as bad as it once was!
Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:58 PM
I had the tech come back out and check signals, etc., but he basically said that's part of having satellite service in FL. I even considered switching to Prism from CenturyLink, but quickly came to my senses!
DirecTV customer since 2003
HR44-700 --> Sony KDL-46XBR4
HR24-500 --> Sony KDL-32EX500
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:35 AM
I switched to Directv, had a pro aim it perfectly and am glad I did. Over the years I have only had few disruptions that interfered with something I was watching. I remember once we missed about 10 minutes of Sopranos, also during this year's WS we missed one batter and a pitching change as a few big storms rolled through. Sure there have been a few 1 or 2 minute fades here or there each year if a storm comes from the exact right direction but nothing that ruined my viewing experience - screen pixelates and freezes momentary - I say rain is coming - the rain starts and picture is back.
On the other hand, we live in a neighborhood with trees that take out power and cable lines 2 or 3 times a year. I just fire up my generator and watch TV off the satellite while my neighbor sometimes has to wait a day or two for cable service to be restored. One bad storm in the area probably gives him more downtime than I get in 10 years (as long as I can start the darn generator).
On Sandy not affecting Directv, it was mostly a Nor'eastern and our dishes point to the southwest.