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Effect of Weather on Sattelite Reception

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by smakovits, Jul 28, 2007.

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  1. smakovits

    smakovits New Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    I have been pondering the idea of satellite for some time, but there are still two things holding me back. I am located in Independence/Broadview Heights in Ohio.

    My first concern is my HD coverage. I love my HD local channels and I am going to be stuck using an off air antenna...I am afraid I am going to have an eye sore in the middle of my room with an an antenna there to pick up my hd local channels. What kind of success can I have if I use one of those add ons to a direct tv satellite or if I try to hide an antenna in say a back room or attick?

    My second concern is disruption due to weather. I always hear that this is what hinders the quality of satellite. Being in northeast ohio can I expect any major interruption due to light to heavy snow fall. Also, how would rain and storms effect reception. I would become angree if I was in the middle of watching something and my picture constantly broke up due to loss of signal.

    I am not sure if this is the right place for this post, so i apologize if it is not, but I am really trying to figure out if the switch would be worth it. And if I did, then I have to decide if I want the free hd dvr from dish, or is i want the big ten network from direct tv, which is truly better, or is this a battle that has no real winner. thanks for any and all insight in my pursuit of happiness and possible switch to satellite from my crappy COX cable service which I currently am stuck with as it is my only other option

    Also, how is the guide navigation, does it respond quickly without any lag, or am I constantly gonna be waiting on it to refresh?
  2. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone Icon

    Jan 28, 2006
    go to antennaweb.org to determine how big an antenna you need. You could get lucky and be close enough to just use one on top of the TV or even in your attic if you're concerned about the eyesore factor. If it has to be on the top of your house, then you might not want to do it if it's going to bother you (I'd feel the same way, btw).

    As for weather, it is definitely an issue at times, but it depends on the storm. I had felt like lately it seemed to go out more than normal, but today we had a violent lighting storm and it never skipped a beat.

    I don't know if I'm fully following your guide question, but if you're asking about its speed, I don't think there's any kind of lag there.

    Hope that helps a bit...I'm sure you'll have plenty of others chime in.
  3. HIPAR

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    May 15, 2005
    The weather question comes up here frequently. The consensus is it's not a major problem but outages do occurr during the most intense rain storms.

    --- CHAS
  4. DarthGeek

    DarthGeek New Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan where we receive the occasional 8-12 inches of snowfall in a day. I've had DirecTV since January and have not once lost signal (that I'm aware of either by watching, or recording). I've had a couple instances where for several minutes, it would pixelate and "skip" for a couple of seconds per minute, but it never lasted more than 5 minutes or so. It was slightly annoying, but wasn't enough that I couldn't follow the show I was watching.

    Before DirecTV I had Dish Network and I only recall one time where I lost signal (where the screen would actually tell me I lost signal). It was lost for maybe 5 minutes.

    I must say, I do feel fortunate. A friend of mine has Dish Network and will lose signal nearly every time it rains.

    The bottom line: I beleive it all comes down to positioning of the dish, which affects signal strength. My DirecTV receiver reports 96-98 signal strength across the board during clear days (I've never really checked during a storm). My friend's Dish Network receiver reports the upper 70's and low 80's across the board (some 60's even). Since he starts at a lower signal strength, it probably doesn't take as much to drop the signal too low to use.

    One more thing to add (sorta off topic, but I have to share). I have Charter high speed internet (cable) and many of my neighbors have Charter cable TV. On two separate occasions for about 1.5 days, my neighbors didn't have TV. Charter was having wide spread issues (so I lost my internet too). But it was just funny that I could watch TV whilst my neighbors cable TV was out of service.

    Just my $0.02
  5. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Pretty much. When it is raising badly, my D* suffers quite badly.

    But, it works flawlessly outside of that and I have a DVR so I just watch pre-recorded shows.

    It really is not that bad.
  6. Redlinetire

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    Jul 24, 2007
    I can't answer your OTA question, but I can agree with the consensus on the weather. I'm near Detroit and once a season (it always seems to be late November, Early December during college B-ball!) we always get a really wet, heavy snow that'll stick to my dish. That's the only time I've had a weather problem. And as DarthGeek mentioned about cable - I had Comcast before I went back to D* and my DVR went out for several days with no explanation from Comcast other than "our technicians are aware of the problem and are working on it".

    So no one can really promise 100% uptime, except maybe OTA...
  7. flexoffset

    flexoffset Godfather

    Jul 16, 2007
    I've experienced my first two rain fades recently.
    I'm a newbie 2-week subscriber so far.

    First time it was relatively hard rain -- lost all signal until the rain completely quit.

    Second time it was hard rain.
    Lost signal for 4 minutes, then it came back perfectly even though the rain hadn't let up. I can't figure that out.
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