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Bad weather service?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by dnewhous, Aug 6, 2005.

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  1. dnewhous

    dnewhous New Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    How is DISH network service in bad weather? I live in Florida, and it rains a lot. We have hurricanes too.
  2. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Youngsville NC
    Rain, in and of itself, is not usually a problem for a properly done install. Thunderstorms and hurricanes CAN be a problem - for those times, I keep an OTA setup maintained so I can still get news/weather information from my local stations.
  3. Richard King

    Richard King Hall Of Fame

    Mar 25, 2002
    Welcome to DBSTalk, neighbor. You are right up the road from me. Rain fade will knock out the service once in a while, but it could more accurately be called cloud fade. When a storm is moving in from the SW you will often lose signal for a few minutes. Rarely does the problem last more than 5 minutes, usually much less (assuming your dish is properly installed). During hurricanes, if you still have power, satellite will usually be back and operating before cable if your dish isn't damaged because there is no cable to go down. If you have a generator there is no doubt that satellite will be back first.

    Just for the fun of it here are some damage pix from last year: http://www.pbase.com/rking401/hurricane_jeanne&page=all
    and a building that I own that got slammed: http://www.pbase.com/rking401/federal_plaza_rebuild&page=all
  4. DeCrapinator

    DeCrapinator Mentor

    Feb 22, 2005
    Hi, I am in the Orlando area and we get very heavy sea breeze thunderstorms during the summer. When a really strong storm with thick dark cloud cover approaches from the SW I get signal loss. On a few occasions, with slow moving powerful storms, I have lost signal for about 1/2 hour. Sometimes when we lose signal I can get a spotbeam local.

    My normal clear day readings on TP 11 & 12 are: 119: 118-123 and 110: 113-116. So these are pretty good for clear day reception.

    I have installed a Winegard SS-2000 outdoor antenna and added a Sumsung SIR-T451 for HDTV backup in such situations. OTA local reception on HD signals is not interrupted by the storms :)
  5. jtravel

    jtravel Cool Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Normal clouds and rain never seem to bother my signal.
    Im in Tucson,AZ however and right now were at the peak of our monsoon season. daily Thunder and electrical storms with drak storm clouds and heavy downpours.
    When these storms move thru I first get intermittent signal loss messages reported by the 522 on the TV screen then It gets worse and the trying to acquire Sat signal screen comes up and it acquires signal and loses it and repeats process. At its worse the screen goes black and I have to wait for the storm to pass befor It can reaquire the signal.
    These storms are fast moving and im only losing the signal for about 5 mins when they are directly overhead.

    I noticed now when I run a check switch it passes but has a info page that shows two dates and times that tuner 2 loss signal.
    These are not the dates of the most recent storms.
    does this indicate I have a real intermittent problem with tuner 2 ?
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