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#1 OFFLINE   mhammett



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

I assume most of them are bunk, but are there any coatings or methods (other than radome\heater) to reduce the effects of rain\ice\snow build up on a dish? I know I'm not going to affect attenuation on the thousands of miles between the dish and the satellite, but looking for any sort of edge I can give my customers. I know in the microwave industry some people swear spraying PAM or RainX on the dishes helps reduce ice\snow.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:32 AM

While what you mention will aid in reducing the build up of rain/snow on the dish, wet, heavily saturated clouds will still cause rain/snow fade.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:47 AM

Right, hence why I said what I said.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

Spraying any thing on the dish only lasts about 20 minutes. The best thing is to get a heater unit and install that.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

Rain-X lasts longer than anything else I have tried, weeks at least, and doesn't make the surface sticky. PAM is actually counter productive like that.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

I imagine a good car polish/wax may work even better than rain-x since it is meant to go on painted surfaces as opposed to glass.
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

Mounting the dish where you can get to it and brush snow off is an option.

Having a super-squirter or similar device where you can shoot a stream of warm water at the dish is an option.

Having a brush on a long stick that can reach the dish is an option.

If the situation is where you regularly get snow or ice accumulations that are a problem, then a dish heater is the best option. You don't have to run it all the time, only when there is a problem.

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