Snow on dish 1000.4..

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  1. SkipperTW

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    I just late this summer received an upgrade to the 1000.4 (from the 1000.2) to use the eastern arc (due to tree growth)... I live in southwest Michigan and we just started getting a few snow showers (and a storm or two),,, it does not take much to cover my dish now. The previous dish appeared to be aimed lower so the build up was much less and I had no issues...

    Anyone had any luck with a heater of accessory of any kind for such a large dish? A local tech mentioned to try and coat the dish with a spray on silicone. Not sure what to do but would love some recommendations…

    Thanks all,
     
  2. BattleZone

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    Dish heaters work; sprays don't.

    Google "hot shot dish heater".
     
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    Bill R

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    Just how much snow do you get in the Bay area?

    For me, spray on silicone has worked very well for the last 12 winters (and we get some fairly heavy snows here). I spray my dishes twice a year. The first time is about this time of year and then I spray them again in late February. Its the heavy wet snows in late winter that usually cause more signal loses than the dry snows of December and January. The second spraying has really helped eliminate that problem.

    While you are doing that it is also a good idea to check your connectors. The installer should have used "moisture sealed" connectors but it is often a good idea to give the connectors some extra protection (especially at ground blocks and connections to switches).
     
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    Jason Nipp

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    My EA is like a snow cone right now and I still have signal... :lol:

    If your worried about it silicone is cheaper and safer than a heater. Then again in the past I have used dish covers with good success. If you buy a cover for a 1000Plus it should fit. The reflector and mast length are very similar.
     
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    BillJ

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    I've cleaned my dishes 3 times in 24 hours. First time I had lost 129 completely, which doesn't take much more than a thick cloud anyway. Last two times were precautionary but there was snow building up on the dish.

    Normal snow is never a problem but we had a day of temps hovering around freezing and wet, wind-driven snow. That builds up a rough layer on the dish and it won't reflect the signal to the LNB. I've tried sprays but nothing seems to help with this kind of snow. Odd thing is my Dish 1000 is much more prone to problems than my original Dish 300 which I now use for 61.5. Fortunatley both dishes can be reached from the ground.
     
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    James Long

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    Ice kills more than snow ... thick clouds (heavy thunderstorms) have blocked more signal to my dish than anything else (other than a squirrel who likes to sit on my LNB housing).
     
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    phrelin

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    Do you have a picture of that squirrel on the LNB housing?
     
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    James Long

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    No ... but I have a picture of something he left there (a corn cob).
     
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    phrelin

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    :lol:
     
  10. BattleZone

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    Not much, but half of my company is in Cleveland...
     
  11. caseyrebel

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    I posted this in another section,but use some vegatable oil for snow,It will not stick,unless its snowing hard and thn you wont have a signal anyways.Works here where I live south of ya about 700 miles and it can snow some here pretty deep occassionally,but it slides off with oil left behind.

    There's some real slick none freezing spray type mechanic lube that works great for bitter cold areas and if I can remember the name I will post it.That stuff is slick and hards to wash off and wont freeze period regardless the temps below O!

    Ever try a 34" super dish with a dish HD wide lnb with the arm attachment for a single lnb for the 129 sat?I have 3 of those and get a strong signal hard to knock out with heavy clouds,hard rain,heavy snow,snow covered,or the such.These work real nice when it comes that way and I havent experienced the snow part here like a few I know that have them in upper Ohio.Just a thought...

    casey
     
  12. bartendress

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    What is this 'snow' of which you speak? :lol:

    With love,
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  13. Jim5506

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    The snow in Austin is metaphorical.
     
  14. Chinatown

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    Had 3 inches of sleet here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Dish is caked with snow.

    Picture is perfect.
     
  15. James Long

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    It snowed when I lived near Wichita Falls, Texas. Got half an inch - schools closed and they used road graders (construction equipment) to plow it away.

    Not quite the same handicaps in Indiana. :)
     
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    People around here do not know how to drive in snow, that is why the schools close, on ocasion it can snow a great deal in north Texas, not every year but, some years it does. I have had my dish "snowed out" here before I am about 100 miles east of Whitcha Falls but, the weather is much the same.
     
  17. Bubba3

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    Can anybody share the brand and source of sprays that have worked for them?
    Brad
     
  18. Jason Nipp

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    I have seen it snow in Chihuahua Mexico. Snow in Austin is not an impossibility. ;)
     
  19. scooper

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    But pretty unlikely :D
     
  20. ZBoomer

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    We get a little every few years, I remember like 5 inches in 2004, but usually it's just a few flakes.

    And yeah, if three flakes are noticed falling, schools shutdown, and all hell breaks loose, lol.
     

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