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Snow = No Signal

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by awalt, Jan 17, 2008.

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  1. K4SMX

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    Probably more to do with the denseness of the moisture in the clouds. Check out the reds and yellows in what just went by you at intellicast.com. It looks more like what puts out the DirecTV lights here in FL on a regular basis.

    After this winter, we'll be using Hasan's new term regularly. Very descriptive. :)
     
  2. awalt

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    Most of the channels have just come back in the last 10 minutes or so. So I guess I don't really know if it was snow or just unusually dense clouds.
     
  3. curt8403

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    if you mean Feed Horn or Horn, that is an old TV Engineer's term

    the old LNBS looked like an Air HORN
     
  4. wilbur_the_goose

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    It's wet snow on your dish. Sweep it off and you'll be fine.
     
  5. Michael D'Angelo

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    I have been back up and running for a while. But I am just surprised it went out today. It has been through much worst snow and never went out. But today is was out for over 2 hours.
     
  6. gene1138

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    Same problem for me today. Snow started to stick and accumulate on the bottom half of my Slimline. First time ever snow on the dish caused an outage for me. Had to go brush the snow off.
     
  7. jsiebold

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    I live in the Lancaster, PA area, and I have all of my SD channels, but lost everything on satellite 101 and 110 (The HD channels). We have about only 2 inches of snow, but the weather has stunk all day. I just lost my signal between 7:30 and 8:30 this evening. But it sounds like it may be a temporary thing from what I just read in this post. I too, have never had an issue with anything until this evening. Sounds like I should just wait it out since I have the SD channels, right?
     
  8. dinotheo

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    I posted this in a new thread....sorry I missed this one:

    I have had a slimline dish for about a year now. I have noticed that even with the slightest amount of snow I lose signal. All signals, not just KA. On the same spot on my roof, I previously had a 3lnb dish and never ever had a problem. I even had over 25" of snow once and it didn't even flinch. My new dish will completely lose signal with barely an inch on the ground. Are these dishes more sensitive to snow? Had I not kept my OTA on my HR10-250's, I'd be bored silly right now. I'd love to connect OTA to my HR20's but I can't really run a third coax for OTA (maybe have to wait for SWM) As of 9:15pm my sat is still out. My guess is that I'll have to wait till the morning for the sun to hit the dish. Unfortunately mine is on my roof, a good 30' up.
    BTW, I am in Eldersburg, MD.
     
  9. newsposter

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    boogers..me too..i hate the new dish...old one never went out in even blizzards.

    and dish is facing up the roof so i cant see it...even though its on the edge of the roof
     
  10. jsiebold

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    Well, I went up on the roof to see if i could do anything, and what little there was of slush was causing the trouble! I mean, there was very little accumulation on the transponders, but it was making a huge difference with my HD channels. Now, it I have my Center Ice in all of its HD glory, as I watch Roberto Luongo make an incredible save!!! Can't believe what little I had made a difference, but it did. Everything is back up and running and looking like it should.....I just got to have my HD!
     
  11. bonscott87

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    Supersoaker...warm water...problem solved. :)

    And yes, this is why my dish is on a pole in my backyard near my driveway. Easy to sweep off.

    But anyway, my Slimline has survived blizzards just fine. It's the heavy wet slush that is the problem.
     
  12. newsposter

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    was always my suggestion but how do you get it to the front of the dish when all u can see is the back? and cant do the warm hose thing to the front of my house.

    looks like i gave up dependability of the 3lnb for LOS to the new birds
     
  13. salad-man

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    I lost power about an hour ago for 5 minutes. When it came back I have no signal on any of my 4 receivers despite resets. I do not have a powered multi-switch. Called D** and they said they couldn't schecule a call because there was light rain in my area (Central NJ) but if they could the forst available was 1/31. This is a new install and I have a service plan.

    After all of that I walked outside and saw that there is some slush on the dish. Hopefully this is just a coincidence with the power failure and it comes back soon. If not, tomorrow is going to be ugly....
     
  14. Kansas Zephyr

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    If it isn't a major hassle for you to receive, and you have the HDTV and/or IRD or get it, OTA can save the day. :)
     
  15. dinotheo

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    I might have to contact a sat install company to get a heater installed. Bummer. If it goes out so easily, I'm in trouble. My old 3lnb never went out. It even held up for that Hurricane a few years back.
    I actually have 2 dishes on my roof. (Slimline and international dish) My international channels came back still waiting on my slimline to come back.
     
  16. btalbott

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    I can tell you when I lost signal and got the 771, i went right out there and brushed off the dish and it came right back on. It was very slushy when I brushed it off, so conditions may have to be just right for this to happen (or at least that's what I'm hoping). If not, I guess I'll be putting on a heater. One of the reasons I wanted a pole mount install.
     
  17. wilbur_the_goose

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    Other than possible tree issues, I still can't figure out why folks put the dish on the roof.

    This isn't limited to the slimline. My old 1-LNB round dish had the same problem with wet snow. Quick brush of the old broom, and the problem is solved.
     
  18. bigref

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    I live on the west side of Baltimore. Came home looked at the dish, just a small amount of snow. Go in turn on the TV and no signal. Go back out, the snow was stuck on the feed-arm and the LNB's...brushed it off and NP the rest of the afternoon or night!
     
  19. n3ntj

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    I saw the same thing last night. This is the first wet snow we've had since I got the new dish (last winter) and I noticed many black screens and when I checked signal strengths, all on the 103 (s) satellite were at 0. I found that rather weird since I thought we get our locals from that one. Most of the transponders on 101, 110, and 119 were very low. I said, what the heck, I was just watching TV shortly before it was OK. I went out to look at the dish at midnight and saw a small amount of wet snow at the bottom of the dish, cleaned it off with my sleeve, and went back inside to see all was back to normal (everything was 95% or better). It didn't take very much snow to foul things up, but was easily corrected.
     
  20. fishbonz

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    I'm lucky - my dish is just out side of my bedroom window on the backside of the garage roof. I've had to open the window twice this winter and brush it off. I use a long automotive brush/scraper....works great.
     
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