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How often do you REALLY lose your signal?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by splendorlex, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Jul 19, 2012 #41 of 103

    sweep49 Legend

    Jul 15, 2008
    SW GA
    Maybe 6-7 times a year. Not a big deal. Have ota available for the major networks which can help sometimes plus the dvr. If the power goes off here it's probably time to crawl into the closet and pray.
  2. Jul 19, 2012 #42 of 103

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    We've had lots of rain so far this year. Probably 4-5 times since May. But it is almost always a very heavy thunderstorm with lots of lightening. So I'm usually powering down/unplugging my electronics just in case.
  3. Jul 20, 2012 #43 of 103

    Retro AllStar

    Nov 27, 2007
    I'm in Southwest Louisiana and we get a lot of rain including tropical storms and of course the occasional hurricane... It has to be a heavy downpour and primarily the storm has to be building from the south to go out.. It rained every day last week for a least a couple of hours and no loss of signal that i was aware of. It's rare and usually short.

    Back in 2007, Hurricane Ike grazed us from the southwest with mostly rain and Hurricane Gutsav grazed us from the east with mostly wind around 70 mph gusts and we didn't lose power or signal at all.

    I really get annoyed by those cable commercials that act like it goes out everytime it rains everywhere.:rolleyes:
  4. Jul 20, 2012 #44 of 103

    splendorlex Cool Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Yes, the Media Center one that I had to pay $100 up front for.
  5. Jul 20, 2012 #45 of 103

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    I have the same issues with Time Warner.
  6. Jul 20, 2012 #46 of 103

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Heh. Me too.

    I wonder if they show those commercials in, say, Scottsdale?
  7. Jul 20, 2012 #47 of 103

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I live in Central Florida halfway between Orlando and Tampa...Winter Haven to be specific.

    My dish is well peaked. I will lose signal if there is a heavy storm with tall thunderheaders to the southwest of my location. The duration is usually betwween 2 and5 minutes, sometimes longer. It depends on size and movement of the storm cell.

    Oddly enough, I sometimes lose my signal as the storm is moving toward me and lies to the southwest, and then by the time it is actually on top of me my signal has returned because most of the interfering weather is not between the satellites and my dish.

    And as others have pointed out, I can be experiencing an outage on HD channels and then tune in an SD signal successfully.

    But I would bet that over the course of a year I experience less than 60 minutes total of weather related outage time.
  8. Jul 20, 2012 #48 of 103

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    DirecTV really tries to make you "the center of their world":

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  9. Jul 20, 2012 #49 of 103

    pistolpete52 AllStar

    Sep 3, 2010
    Living in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, we get rain pretty much every afternoon. And I generally lose my signal every time that it does rain. Most of the time, it's for a few minutes, but I've also had signal losses that have lasted 30 plus minutes.
  10. Jul 20, 2012 #50 of 103

    TheDurk Legend

    Mar 8, 2007
    I lose signal in summer thunderstorms. That can be twice, or a dozen times depending on the summer. Probably three times this year so far--it takes the yellow/red stuff on the radar, just rain won't do it. It is usually out for 5-20 minutes. I never lost signal during Hurricane Irene last year but it was breaking up by the time it got up here.
  11. Jul 20, 2012 #51 of 103

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I remain in geosynchronous orbit around the things that matter to me and I am a legend in my own mind. ;)
  12. Jul 20, 2012 #52 of 103

    SteveHas Hall of Fame

    Feb 6, 2007
    Here in the Boston area, we loose our signal very rarely honestly. Perhaps 2-3 times a year, and only when a very very strong rain, or heavy snow is approaching. Once the storm is overhead signal returns.
    On the rare occasion we loose it is for a very very short time, maybe 5 minutes max. In fact we have come to appreciate the "Storm warning" aspect of the brief outage as it warns us something big is coming.
    Yet another reason why the lies the cable companies like to spread about satellite TV really pi$$ me off.

    Big factor however is how strong is your signal in normal conditions, and how well did the installer aim the dish.

    I have signal strength on the high 90's, or 100, on nearly all transponders.
  13. Jul 20, 2012 #53 of 103

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Just south of Lansing, MI we lose signal maybe 2-3 times per year and only during very heavy storms/cloud cover.
  14. Jul 20, 2012 #54 of 103

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    I live in California so we very seldom get heavy rain. I lost the signal once for about five minutes in over four years use.:)
  15. Jul 20, 2012 #55 of 103

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Heh, like so many of us here. But you're the first I've seen to admit it!

  16. Jul 20, 2012 #56 of 103

    gfrang Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    Very rare that i louse signal and i haven't alined the dish in over two years.
  17. Jul 20, 2012 #57 of 103

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    about the same time you've had any rain too. :lol:
  18. Jul 20, 2012 #58 of 103

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    1. Any time there are strong thunderstorms to the south, interrupting the line-of-site between my dish and the satellite, we will have short (a few minutes) outages. This is normal for Iowa. These losses show up on HD channels first. When we have strong storms, once a week, we lose a couple minutes here and there, once a week. If we have more storms, we have more outages. Lately, we've been in a drought, so there have been very few storms.

    2. Heavy wet snow build up on the dish itself requires a broom (our dishes are both low), will cause an outage, but is fixable with a broom.
  19. Jul 21, 2012 #59 of 103

    HobbyTalk Hall Of Fame

    Jul 14, 2007
  20. Jul 21, 2012 #60 of 103

    LOBO2999 Legend

    Apr 9, 2004
    I know this sounds crazy , but I rarely lost my single until I got any in house Directv HR recivers, I have 3 . The units I had ( still HAve one hook up) where Tivos , HD and SD units . I still have one of the Tivos on my account and everytime I loose single or Picture I go to the room with the Tivo and check both tuners and channels and they are never out , when the other 3 HR recivers are . Why , I dont know ,Maybe someone here does. I have always had in the 93 to 95 single range .

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