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Tropical Storm rain fade

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Groundhog45, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Sep 7, 2010 #1 of 12
    Groundhog45

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    Is anyone else in central Texas (Austin area) having excessive rain fade from the tropical storm today? I'll bet we've had searching for signal at least 90 minutes or more in the last few hours. I don't know if that's typical for this much rain or if the reinstall of the dish last year after the new roof is maybe a little bit off.
     
  2. Sep 7, 2010 #2 of 12
    RAD

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    Yep, today had a couple outages due to rain/clouds out by Dripping. Nothing lasted as long as you had but a couple 10/15 minute outages. I was watching NOAA web site while they were happening and it always showed yellow/red in the area.
     
  3. Sep 8, 2010 #3 of 12
    ccr1958

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    i have readings on the HD satellites from 91 to 97 and have been without
    a signal for several hours now....of course it is raining fairly hard....a rate of
    .50 in per hour....a few of the SD channels get though but that is it right now...
    and to top this off we had a water main break somewhere in our area and not 1 drop of water out of the faucets...
    funny all kinds of water outside but none inside :)
     
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #4 of 12
    Groundhog45

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    Yeah, we were without the signal for several more hours last night. Of course, we had about 14 inches of rain in less than a day and a half. These outages are usually for only a few minutes. Guess it's time to call for a realignment.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #5 of 12
    Chris Blount

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    We got hit hard yesterday and I only lost signal for about 5 minutes.
     
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    ccr1958 your in Azle that's where they had a 14" water main break, good luck boiling water now that the pipe is repaired.

    groundhog45 you probably don't need a realignment just a huge umbrella. Expect rainfade in the type of rain that is falling. Maybe you need a TV antenna, it is old technology but still works in storms. Nobody should have told you that you would have perfect reception in Tropical Storm/ Hurricane conditions.
     
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    ccr1958

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    thanks boba....yes finally getting water out of the pipes....we have
    several pots and pans full of boiled water.....

    i need to make my post a little more clear.... i get 91-97 readings
    on the HD sats. on a clear day....what kind of signal you guys getting
    on a clear day to only lose signal for a few minutes when it is raining
    a consistent hard rain for several hours???
    BTW...the main storm has moved north now so am able to get
    all channels again.. :)
     
  8. Sep 8, 2010 #8 of 12
    RAD

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    Any word on what's up with KXAN-DT, been off the air since last night? I looked on their web site and no mention of what's up (or down).
     
  9. Sep 8, 2010 #9 of 12
    jdspencer

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    With a storm of that magnitude, a realignment might not help in the future. But, then your dish may have shifted.
     
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    It's quite likely you don't need a realignment. My 99c/103ca/103cb signals are just about as good as you can get (93-97) and the recent storms have produced extended outages - an hour or so at a time, then a few minutes with signal, then another outage of nearly an hour, and so on. Very unusual. Even though we get really bad storms here in DFW, they usually only produce an outage of maybe 5-10 minutes. This time - from tropical storm Hermine - we have got an incredible amount of water in the last day or so. Even signals of 100 (which is what I get on my HD local spotbeams) can't handle that.
     
  11. matt

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    Wish I could get 93-97 :(
     
  12. Manctech

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    If an LNB is going bad you will get pre-mature rain fade even if your signal numbers are 90+

    That being said, like others posted, extremely hard rain will knock it out regardless.



    I did an install and after I got the dish up and lines run and everything set to activate a small storm came over and just dumped on me. It was SD and I was getting 0 0 0 0 on the TV. Never seen it rain THAT hard before. Only lasted 15 minutes and after it was gone, sun came out and I was 99 100 99 100 100
     

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