Major Dish Outage

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  1. TE_DSMIA

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    Heh I was out eying my trees too!
     
  2. Jason Nipp

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    One of them.

    The other one I know of is just south of Chicago.
     
  3. jpos832

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    yup.. we're gettin a fricken monsoon in cheyenne right now.. damn weather :(
     
  4. JimK

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    Seems ok now. It just d/l guide info.
     
  5. DJ Lon

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    Gilbert is where my locals are uplinked from which is why I still received them during the outage. I dunno about national feed backup capabilities.
     
  6. Deke Rivers

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    back on in Chi-Town
     
  7. Charles Oliva

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    Scott needs to tell his ISP that when 2500 people visit his site all at one time it's not a DDOS attack. :D
     
  8. jpos832

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    DISH has a backup system in place.. its in the event of a catastrophic failure (ie.. cheyenne is blown away with a tornado) switching uplinks between cheyenne and gilbert isnt like flippen a switch. it would take quite a bit of effort and a good amount of time. They arent gonna reroute ALL of the conus signals just because they've got a little bit of rain fade at an uplink center.. sit back and chill.. watch your dvr events.. ;)
     
  9. BillJ

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    Same here. Last night we had lots of outages as the storms rolled through here. Nothing anywhere near here tonight. Finally occurred to me to check the Colorado weather. Sure enough, a big red blob over the uplink center.
     
  10. TE_DSMIA

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    Ditto in Des Moines Iowa
     
  11. John W

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    "...a little bit of rain fade at an uplink center...". Charlie?
     
  12. tedb3rd

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    I can understand why a severe storm could "cut" the signal at any point in uplink/downlink. But why would a storm at the uplink center affect the signal strength on the downstream (from sat to consumer/dish)? I would think that the image quality would be choppy, but you would still have good signal strength from the transponders between satellite and consumer (assuming you aren't in the storm too). Any techies out there explain this?

    Oh yeah, experienced the same thing here in GA.
     
  13. satexplorer

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    A blob of orange, red and green indicating a storm. Now past the uplink center and satellites in Wyoming. In 2007, the same thing happen during the second week of August. Forecast: Thunderstorms in the area!
     
  14. jpos832

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    lol.. thats what it is.. im willing to bet the ESO dept. bumped up the power on the 'bird baths' to try and burn through the clouds but that doesnt always work.. pagers are going off and managers are scrambling.. its a blast to be working in an uplink center during a system wide outage. 14 million+ subscribers without tv is a fricken mess.. how many people called during this? i'm sure the call centers were lit up like a christmas tree..
     
  15. tedb3rd

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    Gah. Do we have to think of everything?! Go to Staples, buy an "Easy" button. Put it in the uplink center. When the weather is threatening to kill your million dollar dishes but you've got some million dollar dishes somewhere else, you just hit the easy button. Hitting a button is easier than flipping a switch.
     
  16. Charles Oliva

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    Sats are basically stupid, it's the uplinks that control it's operation. Lose the uplink, and the sats don't know how to function.
     
  17. tnsprin

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    I thought it was me. Looked very bad, I tried check switches which went weird 1 of 4 on tuner 1 and 1 of 7 on tuner 2. Looks ok now.
     
  18. satexplorer

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    Check out the radars at weather website! :nono2:
     
  19. Spoonser

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    I was thinking exactly the same thing- Perhaps an analogy would be you're on a cell phone talking to someone else on a cell phone. You have 5 signal bars but they're at zero bars, and they're so they're fading in and out, but of course not due to your connection. But I suppose there's something I don't know/understand.

    For what it's worth, in Charlotte, NC I was watching a channel on 129 and started to see pixelation like we get when a really big storm is just about to block the signal entirely. I checked signal strength for 129 and it was awful, and then it went to zero. I didn't realize the others were even out- I just turned it off- but I thought 129 might've just given up the ghost since the weather and cloud cover here are fine.

    FYI, I'm back up and running like everyone else now.
     
  20. Slamminc11

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    This is making me laugh. So things were down for 10 minutes. Guess what guys, the world didn't end
     
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