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Rain Fade

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by hatchet, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. hatchet

    hatchet Legend

    May 28, 2006
    Getting a crash course on D*...the good, and the bad :nono2:.

    I was sitting here watching "Law Abiding Citizen", a movie I had been wanting to see, and it was just getting good with 20-30 minutes left. I heard what I thought was thunder, but you learn to ignore that here in south Florida as you hear thunder in some shape or form most of the time (a big clap just hit as I typed that).

    Anyway, there went the sat signal and now I'm staring at the bouncing logo :eek2:.

    I guess I need to learn to use the DVR to its full potential and get my H24's online with the HR24 to watch some recorded stuff until the rain passes.

    Live an learn :D...

    *edit* - rain passed and the movie just came back on...rolling credits!
  2. hookemfins

    hookemfins Member

    Jul 3, 2007
    If you were watching an HD channel, switch to SD until the clouds and rain lightens.
  3. Blaze

    Blaze Legend

    Jun 9, 2010
    Whats the since in doing that?
  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Because the SD signals sent by the Ku band aren't affected as much as the Ka band (HD). You might have gotten lucky by switching to the SD channel.
  5. hatchet

    hatchet Legend

    May 28, 2006
    Didn't know that. I will try next time, thanks for the tip :righton:
  6. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    You might want to post your signal levels here, too, even if it is a brand new install. Low levels are often the cause of rain fade. Folks here will help you with that.

    And welcome aboard. Hopefully you find more good than bad with DirecTV. I sure have. :)
  7. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    SE Florida here, Boca Raton to be specific - I have not had a rain fade event yet this summer - check your signal levels....
  8. hatchet

    hatchet Legend

    May 28, 2006
    I used to live in Springs but I'm in Weston now. I do get up to Glades Rd. on occasion.

    I think I was checking my signals correctly but maybe not. D* was reporting the signal to be in the 90% range, first time I checked it was like 97% and then the other day it was 93%.

    Not sure what it was during the rain but the rain was coming down good!
  9. JeffBowser

    JeffBowser blah blah blah

    Dec 21, 2006
    Well, for sure the western communities see more rain fade from the big Everglades boomers. I live less than a mile from the ocean. Your 103c and 99c numbers would be of biggest interest...
  10. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    Starz will be replaying this movie many times. Just do a guide search, highlight the movie, press the Info button, choose "View Upcoming", pick a date/time when rain chances are low (middle of the night?), record the movie, then watch it at a later time.

  11. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    What I did this past week, to ensure Eureka and Haven would record. I knew storms were approaching so I set my DVR to also record the SD version of both shows in-case the HD was knocked out. Fortunately the storms passed before either aired. So the HD version was fine. Too bad the DVR can't "sense" when HD signals are fading and switch to the SD feed automatically.
  12. hatchet

    hatchet Legend

    May 28, 2006
    Here are some numbers (sorry for the formatting)...

    101 @ 98%
    1-8 98 100 97 0 98 100 97 100
    9-16 97 100 97 100 98 100 97 100
    17-24 98 0 98 100 98 100 97 100
    25-32 97 100 95 100 97 100 96 100

    99(c) @ 95%
    1-8 95 95 95 95 92 93 94 95
    9-16 91 94 93 95 95 95 n/a n/a
    17-24 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    99(s) @ not acquired
    1-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a
    9-16 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 99 0
    17-24 0 0 0 0 99 100 100 100
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    103(s) @ not acquired
    1-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a
    9-16 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 54 80
    17-24 0 0 91 89 97 97 69 65
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    103(ca) @ 97%
    1-8 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    9-16 97 97 96 97 95 96 95 97
    17-24 95 96 96 96 95 95 97 97
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    103(cb) @ 97%
    1-8 97 97 95 95 95 95 95 95
    9-16 96 95 95 96 95 96 n/a n/a
    17-24 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    SWM @ 100%
    1-8 100 98 0 100 100 97 97 97
    9-16 97 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    17-24 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
    25-32 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    Not sure what all that means but it really was a downpour, a short one at that. My old (still have it) cable service is DirecPath which is vanilla D* for MDU's. From time to time, we would get rain fade from it. So, I'm kinda used to it but it can still be a PITA.
  13. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    Scifi repeats them later as well.
  14. hatchet

    hatchet Legend

    May 28, 2006
    FWIW, it has been raining heavily here for most of the night. I got stuck re-wirng my home run panel ('cause I'm like that) and have been re-booting the H/HR receivers. Suffice to say, the D* signal has been solid despite the rain :righton:!
  15. 66stang351

    66stang351 New Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    With the signals you posted above it should take a pretty heavy cloud to kill your signal. Just remember that it won't be the cloud right above you, it will most likely be a cloud southwest of you in the line of sight to the sats.
  16. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    Given the fact that he is (1) a new install and (2) has no readings for 110W and 119W on his report, its very probably he does not have access to the old Ku SD MPEG2 feeds on those birds, in which case, switching to SD does him no good.
  17. ejjames

    ejjames Icon

    Oct 2, 2006
    I was noticing LOS about every time it would rain, which is unusual. Sure enough, ka band signals were in the 60s, under clear skies.

    Finally had a tech out to re-aim. Now all is well. All 5 sats have consistent readings in the 90s.
  18. JJEZ96

    JJEZ96 Mentor

    Apr 21, 2007
    The KU SD's are on 101.

  19. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I had a perfect opportunity last night to test out the concept of "rain fade"...which I personally think is not a valid term.

    About 9pm last night, some very severe and dense lightning/thunder clouds rolled into the area for about an hour. NO RAIN...not a drop. I got a 771 searching.... message for about 4 minutes on all HD receivers. Then the signal returned just fine.

    At 10:00pm, it monsooned....I mean poured big time (found out this morning we got 2 inches of rain in an hour). Not once did I lose my signal, not even for a second. So much for "rain fade".

    The remainder of the evening...as more clouds and rain passed through...no signal loss - only that one 4 minute drop during the initial roll-in of heavy, dense clouds. I recorded programming all night long to test this. My signal levels are all in the 90's..mostly mid to high 90's.

    I have now seen this same scenario play out 3 times....so from my vantage point - it should be called "Dense Cloud Fade" or "Severe Thunderstorm Fade". Rain is not a primary contributor, nor guaranteed to lose the signal.
  20. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I agree with you on your observations of the 771 searching for signals message, hdtvfan0001. It seems that prior a severe thunderstorm is when I lose signal. Although I usually don't regain signal, especially on HD channels, until the heavy rain stops.

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