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Questions about dish heaters
Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:25 PM
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:45 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:57 PM
My current KaKu is near edge of roof and it gets broomed maybe 1 or 2 times a winter.
Seems like someone in another thread suggested mounting a SWiM16 on the back of the dish to use as a heater LOL.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:11 AM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:32 AM
Mechanically, the heater coil is a peel and stick affair (make sure you clean the dish first) and a thin low voltage cable runs to the power supply. In our case, we have our SWM-16 positioned near a double outlet in the attic and so we put the heater power supply there as well. It has a thermostat in the connector at the dish, but we still unplug it in the spring and plug it back in when we get the Christmas decorations down (we rarely get much snow before January here).
Hope this helps.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:04 AM
Very rarely my LNBs are coated and these heaters do nothing for that. Just have to wait for sunshine.
Edited by unixguru, 12 February 2013 - 09:15 AM.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:29 AM
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:15 PM
I think a lot of people get "searching for satellite" when just a moderate rain storm occurs or a little snow gets on their dish because the installer didn't aim it properly even though it may have passed their tests.
For those with HD, when the Ka signal (HD) dies do the non-HD channels (from the 101) also die?
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:22 PM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:41 PM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:54 PM
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Living Room: HR24-200 feeding Yamaha RX-A3000 via HDMI, into 55" Toshiba 55UL605U LCD.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:04 AM
If we lived somewhere it snowed all the time and never thawed in between, maybe a heater would be useful. But here it's kinda a waste.
- GA, 31" snow that last go-round...surely we're done for the year...?
Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:45 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:06 AM
Up here in New England, even with that last big snow I've not had any snowstorms that a couple strategically-targeted snowballs weren't able to resolve.
Great idea.... The times I had problems with snow on the dish I dragged out the extension ladder from the garage to the back yard to get close enough to knock the snow off the dish. I never though about tossing a snowball at the dish to knock off the accumulation. Just have to 'calibrate' the force the snowball is thrown so that the snow gets knocked off, but not hard enough to do some damage or knock it out of alignment.