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are hd channels any better in the rain yet?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by robl45, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. robl45

    robl45 Legend

    Aug 5, 2004
    are had channels any better in the rain yet? My coworker down here in south florida says he switches to SD during the rain, is that the only solution?
  2. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    He could probably realign his dish.
  3. robl45

    robl45 Legend

    Aug 5, 2004
    well he says he has, considering it rains constantly during the summer and usually during tv time at night. i'd like to be able to watch HD, are bigger dishes even an option if I wanted to go that route as I really want to get away from uverse.
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Pretty much so. He could cut the signal loss time about in 1/2 with a 1.2 meter dish, but if the radar is red (>50 dbz) between his house and the satellite, he is going to lose HD. until the cell passes by.
  5. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    Have had DirecTV for over 15 years in S Fla without, what I would consider, a rain fade problem. Yes, you will lose HD channels briefly during heavy rain. It is usually a very short time and the summer rains almost always occur in the late afternoon, mostly before 6 PM. GOOD dish alignment is a must, good enough won't cut it.
  6. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I don't know about where you are but I live in Winter Haven and with a standard Slimline 5LNB dish I only lose my signals during the heaviest of storms when the cell is due South West of me. If you added up all my signal loss time during an entire calendar year I bet I don't lose my signal for much over an hour all told over the year.

    I will concede that I lose HD signals before I lose the SD but even then it is a rare event doesn't last very long.

    And my experience is that during the rainy season it rains in the afternoon when the temperature peaks and the Atlantic winds and the Gulf winds collide inland. In the evening when things start to cool down there isn't much rain at all. It rains for half an hour every afternoon (if we're lucky...the last 6 rainy seasons have been pretty damn dry. My dock on the lake is all but out of the water) and then 45 minutes later you never know it rained at all.
  7. NR4P

    NR4P Dad

    Jan 15, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I noticed your signature has an outdoor antenna and HR20's so like me with AM21's, I suspect you watch some TV OTA and thus don't experience the rain fade as often as others who have no OTA antenna.

    Being in S. Fla also I would say in the summer months, lose about 10-20 mins of Sat a week on average. With a dish aligned so well that the 99c and 103c's are all mid 90's.

    But when cable goes out, its usually an hour or two at a time.
  8. robl45

    robl45 Legend

    Aug 5, 2004
    reason i got rid of dish 4 years or so ago is that i got sick of losing 15 minutes of my shows during the summer every time it rained and I had that thing aligned perfect.

    I don't mind buying a bigger dish if it will help, but more than me, my wife will flip out if she loses signal.

    I just really can't take paying uverse to watch only 3 channels at a time with crappy quality and increasing prices.
  9. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    i just worked in FL all of feburary

    You readings on HD sats should be all 100's or 99's
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    You want the Alaska/Hawaii 1.2M dish with appropriate LNB. If you dont get the 3 sat LNB, you will need two of those dishes, and they arent cheap, so unless there are some SD locals on 119 you just have to have, just get the one dish.

    I think if you get just one dish, you will have to run the four cables to an SWM8 multiswitch, or you might lose guide data from 119. I dont know if they have an 99/101/103 SWM LNB available for that dish.


    Looking at about $500 + shipping. If you are handy, you can use a 1M or 1.2M FTA dish, with a SL3S LNB, and just rig a mounting bracket for the LNB like I did. Then you are in the $150 range.
  11. Ed Campbell

    Ed Campbell Hall Of Fame

    Feb 17, 2006
    What's rain?
  12. Dazed & Confused

    Dazed & Confused Godfather

    Jun 13, 2007
    Rain fade discussions always remind me about the 2004 hurricane season here in FL. When the last of four hurricanes (Jeanne) in six weeks came through, I miraculously only lost power for a very short time while almost everyone in the area was out. On Sunday, not only did I have power, but my DTV would only fade for very brief moments occasionally with a hurricane going on outside. When word leaked out that my NFL ST was working, the phone started ringing like crazy with guys looking for score updates. I spent that afternoon with the phone in one hand, and the remote in the other hand. :lol:
  13. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I switch over to my OTA via my AM21 and that works until the storm goes by.

    I also had a larger dish installed before I went to MPEG4 and it helped to reduce the amount of Rainfade I had but I don't know if one exists that works with MPEG4.

    Maybe Solidsignal has one so I would check there.
  14. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    Doing some math this morning, the gain of the 1.2 meter dish over the Slimline dish is in the 4-5 dB range, which just doesn't seem to be that much, considering the cost.
  15. HobbyTalk

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
    A 3db gain is double the signal strength. A 4.7 bd gain would be triple the strength.
  16. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    We've been through the "big dish" discussion many times. The signal loss when a storm cell is between you and the satellite at Ka frequencies (the ones used for HD) is so large that using a bigger dish would essentially have no real effect. 5db isn't much use when you are losing 30db plus because of the storm. The best it can do for you is cut a few seconds off the time during which you get no signal, at the "edges" of the storm event.
    There's a whole stack of data about rain fade at these frequencies, accumulated through measurement of the effect on satellite communications not TV. Models applying to different parts of the world have been developed. Just to say that parts of Florida and Texas have the highest incidence of rain fade effects in the country.
  17. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    "Yeah" as long as I've been working with RF.....
    Now when the rainfade is on the order of 30-40 dB of loss, a 4.7 dB gain, is a "drop in the bucket".
  18. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    You have to love these discussions :lol:
    "If money wasn't a concern", one might use the 1.2 meter dish, then a SWiM, and finally an amp with 13 dB of gain. There really isn't much more you can throw at the problem.
  19. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Does such an LNB exist? The spread between the satellites in AK or HI is non-negligibly less than the separation in Florida.
  20. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    This would depend on what the spread was set for.
    The difference between AK and HI is the same as the difference between AK and FL.
    If it was centered for AK, then it would work for FL the same as it would for HI.
    If, on the other hand, it was split between AK & HI, then FL would be degraded.

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