He put in a new LNB last night, said all the clearances and dish orientation were good. Just give him a ring if it continues during weather fade and he will pull new cables. So far, so good. This unit (HR44) replaces the HR34 (that was evidently good) that replaced the HR20-100 that had been the rerun box for quite a while. The HR44 is very snappy and works well in managing it's half of the rerun load. Pops right through the commercial breaks and is very satisfactory from any of the other HD DVR's as a server. Couldn't be happier. The main difference is the addition of the SWiM hardware and if we get past this loss of HD channels in the fades, we're good.
Just use it, very little retraining needed.
Latest news... Just lost satellite signal in the Exede internet connection after six days plus of continuous connection, due to local weather. (thunderstorms) A quick check of the Genie shows full recording activity during the fade with no loss of signal. Confirms that the new LNB restored full functionality for TV as well as restoring the normal higher dynamic range for TV during fading weather. Comparing dynamic SNR levels of the Exede hardware indicates that this fade was over 7 dB to the Via-Sat 1 bird so the similar DTV birds were able to continue to function during roughly the same 7 dB fade cycle.
Time to catch a fish!