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HELP! Snow on dish.

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by 4HiMarks, Feb 6, 2010.

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  1. Feb 6, 2010 #1 of 91
    4HiMarks

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    I'm right in the middle of the blizzard and my dish is covered with snow. I was picking up some OTA stuff, although my roof antenna is also snow-covered. Then I made the mistake of tuning to a sat channel. I got the "Acquiring satellite signal" screen, and can't get rid of it to go back to OTA. It is just running through all possible transponders, with no sucess.

    My receiver is a 622 and I'm looking at satellites 61.5 (spotbeam for Washington, DC locals), 110, and 119.
     
  2. Feb 6, 2010 #2 of 91
    TulsaOK

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    Try Menu - Program Guide.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2010 #3 of 91
    Nick

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    Step 1. Clean snow off dish
    Step 2. Watch tv
    Step 3. Repeat as needed
     
  4. Feb 6, 2010 #4 of 91
    olds403

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    I too was going to suggest cleaning the dish off. Have had the same thing happen, getting rid of the snow really does help alot.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2010 #5 of 91
    Henry

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    I use good old PAM spray. Once you've cleaned you dish of snow, spray some PAM on it. Any snow acummulation will slide off at the slightest increase in temperature for a long time to come.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2010 #6 of 91
    Clark143

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    Fill it with some warm water and start aiming for the dish!

    I pole mounted my dish about 4 foot off the ground for easy access. I normally spray mine down with cooking oil before it starts to sleet/snow. It's helped keep the stuff off my dish, but I can still wipe it off when needed.
     
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    Well that's not happening. No way am I climbing on my roof with 30" of snow on it and wind gusts of 30 mph.
     
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    I get Error 024: "Unable to access this feature at this time. Data not available."
     
  9. Feb 6, 2010 #9 of 91
    Henry

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    Yeah, mine's way up there too ... I got an extention pole at Home Depot when I needed a squeegie/sponge for my windows. I use the pole & sponge to clear snow from my dish after the PAM has washed off.
     
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    Hopefully, my dish stays snow free. I wanted it to be mounted on the ground so I could clear it off in these storms, but they had to mount it on the roof to clear some trees.
     
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    That might be an option if I had one, but nothing is open and there's no way to get out of my neighborhood anyway.
     
  12. BattleZone

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    Please do NOT use chemicals of any kind on your dish. Warm water or a dish heater are the correct solutions to snow/ice on the dish. If your dish is inaccessable, then a dish heater is a worthwhile investment.
     
  13. SayWhat?

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    Any kind of sprayer, garden sprayer, spray bottle, fill with warm water or windshield washer fluid.

    IF it's within range.
     
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    Please explain why.
     
  15. Henry

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    Interesting, BZ ... I went to my local Dish Dealer looking for a heater or advice. He said not to bother and to use PAM instead. This was over three years ago and my dish is fine today.
     
  16. scooper

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    Don't blame you one little bit. It's just TV, not worth risking life and limb.

    However, I would read the rest of the thread, particularly regarding dish heaters, for consideration WHEN it warms up / melts off.
     
  17. tymekeeper

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    If the dish is not to far up try a garden hose with a spray nozzle, maybe even tape it to the end of a pole to get extra length. If not possible disconnect OTA cable from Dish receiver and connect it directly to TV or better yet split it for the next Dish outage.
     
  18. 4HiMarks

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    There is over 30" of snow! my hose bib is completely inaccessible, even if the water would run.
    That won't do me any good, either. My TV is an older model Samsung and only has an analog tuner. I need the ATSC tuner in my 622.

    Maybe I didn't make myself clear. I'm not interested in trying to clear my Dish. I want to disable or cancel the "acquiring satellite signal" screen so I can watch OTA or previously recorded content until the dish clears naturally.

    This is the biggest storm in Maryland history, so it's not something I really worry about happening regularly.
     
  19. scooper

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    Another item to put on the shopping list - some sort of OTA ATSC tuner (whether it is HD or not - even a CECB would work in a pinch for this use) that is seperate from your DBS receiver.
     
  20. BattleZone

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    PAM is oil. It leaves a nasty build-up and in the spring/summer will attract bugs. As a tech, it will get oily residue all over your hands and makes for unsafe conditions. It also doesn't work all that well. Fluffy snow isn't usually a problem, and the wet, sticky snow will stick to PAM just fine.
     
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