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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dpeters11, Dec 16, 2010.
you could try using spray wax on the dish pan only so no water will stick and freeze.
For fun, I googled satellite dish snow.
Anyone have success with the WedgieCover?
To me, it looks like the wet sticky snow would just gather in a different spot.
Also came across the Ice Zapper
The manual one would meet my needs and between this and the WedgieCover, the Ice Zapper looks more reliable for my wet sticky snow.
Ice Zapper Spec Sheet
Same article mention Pam, but I rather not. But at the end the Pam paragraph, it mention WX2100. Its ad show rain pixelating the broadcast because of rain drops on the dish. I thought rain pixelating was cause by rain in the atmosphere.
And the damn stuff ain't cheap.
Ground level pole mount works for me!
Yep. I can reach mine from the back door with a broom while in my undies. Gotta lova Christmas break! Oh, and privacy fences!
I had the ICE ZAPPER for about 30 minutes and sold it on eBay. It's 110VAC direct to the dish. Didn't want to mess with that. I got rid of it real quick. Plus it only covers 2 strips about 4" by 10" and it only comes with a 2' pigtail for power so you have to run your own extension cord to it to a power outlet nearby. The entire kit comes in a 12 x 14 envelope.
The HotShot is a little more expensive but runs off a low voltage transformer (28VAC IIRC) and includes 125' of cable and covers just about the entire dish with multiple heating elements. Plus you don't have to purchase an outdoor extension cord.
Edit: Mine is on the back of the dish not the front. I got it off eBay, not from the link I posted.
A broom is easy if your dish isn't 2 stories up, about 55' ATCF and unreachable with either a broom or a water gun.
I have a Hot Shot I purchased this fall after getting tired of getting on the roof to brush off the dish. I did that 4 times last year. I wish I could tell you how great it works, but we have only had a dusting of snow this year. I am still waiting for a big dump to test it.
That's over kill for me.
I only plan to plug it in when there is heavy snow. That at most is three times a year. But I don't like the idea of only a two feet lead. That means I would have a connection tape to the outside support pole. Damn a six foot lead would easily reach the interior of my dry balcony.
You put in on the front of the dish or the rear?
It is so very simple to put it on the back which is what they recommend. Actually easier then on the front and less chance of knocking the dish out of whack. Simply remove the 4 screws that hold the dish (not the LNB) to the mount and the dish slides off without touching the LNB or affecting alignment. I brought it in the house, washed it off with some cleaner and waited till it reached room temp then stuck on the heater unit and popped it back on the mount. Just follow the direction on how to apply it because once it touches the dish it will never come off.
I don't leave it switched on or the thermostat will keep it running most of the winter. I just flip the switch on the transormer when needed.
This is a post of about 2 years ago, where the poster showed how to make your own dish heater. Pretty cool.
Rain-X or a light coating of silicon spray will not hurt the dish. The dish is a piece of metal. There is no special coating on the dish, because D* allows you to paint it. If for some reason there is left over residue (which in six years for me there hasn't been any), wash it with soap and water. Don't forget to spray the arm and be very careful NOT to spray the LNB.
The problem I had with the heaters is that they fail suddenly. One day you plug it in and it doesn't work at all. Now what? Also had a friend who must have installed his poorly. It kept tripping his GFI in the winter. He wanted to plug it in a non-GFI outlet. I advised against that.
Having said all of that, snow is rarely a problem. And I live where there is lots of snow. It's the freezing rain.
I did the same except I keep mine on all the time. It usually is off during the day but on at night. We can have snow and ice blow in quickly and I don't want to be caught because I forgot to switch it on.
You have convince me. I wanted it on the back.
i live in montana and had 4-6 inches of snow over night the dish was cover including the arm and lnb i've had satelite tv over the past 15 yrs and only once or twice did i loose signal i've had 18 in dish and the slimline 5 ka/ku dish now except for a little lost of signal last night i figure because of either weather or ice on the dish.
I have both my Directv and Wildblue dishes on pole mounts about 5ft off the ground and concreted about 3ft below the frost line.
It makes it a lot easier for me to be able to wipe off the snow before I have problems by being eye level. For the most part the dish needs to have around 4in of snow built up to start interrupting my signal and all my dishes are peaked out done by myself.
One of the things I use to see that was most common when I was a tech for DTV was the F connectors not being properly secured to the cable or the stinger being cut to short so when it got cold the copper would contract and cause signal problems.
Last winter was the first time I had REAL problems and it happened 3 or 4 times between 2 storms probably because I had my dish relocated earlier last fall. I was shooting hot water through a garden hose out my kitchen window at the dish. When it was way up on the peak of the high roof I never had the problem. Evidently where it is now the house blocks the wind and keeps the snow from blowing off the dish.
I figured that by installing the heater it will never snow again! :lol: That's OK. I hate snow.