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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SThacker, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. narcolept

    narcolept Godfather

    Mar 1, 2007
    You can put whatever you want in it -- I prefer either very hot water or rubbing alcohol if either is feasible to remove the snow and ice without freezing again -- I imagine rain-x would be a good idea, but I'd prefer to do that when it's not snowing. Maybe I'll get that taken care of tomorrow or saturday morning if the snow on the roof melts off before the next storm.

    Yes, a slimline and 103b was in the high 60s before I cleared it off.
  2. dcanesdbs

    dcanesdbs Legend

    Oct 13, 2007
    Im still at 0's.... All he other birds are in the90's.. Very strange:(
  3. sharksfan

    sharksfan AllStar

    Dec 2, 2007
    I just rechecked my signal levels as the snow has finally stopped. They are a tad lower than when I last checked.

    My current readings for 103b are as follows:

    1-8 90 83 85 80 86 82 84 82
    9-16 87 83 86 87 90 88 NA NA
    17-24 94 NA NA NA NA 91 NA NA
    25-32 NA------------------------>

    Temps are forecasted to be in the mid 30's tomorrow so hopefully everything will melt off before the next blast comes through on Sunday.
  4. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    One thing nobody mentioned is that the B-band converter (BBC) could have failed and that will take out everything from 103b. If you are getting good signals on 103a it is obviously not an aim issue. We have not yet had a heavy snow here this winter so I cant talk about snow issues, but I have had a light dusting with no problems
  5. sylvanir

    sylvanir Mentor

    Sep 14, 2007
    Getting 0's on 103b only can be an indication of a diplexer being used incorrectly. Have you gotten the 103b on this unit before?
  6. venisenvy

    venisenvy Legend

    Nov 1, 2007
    Today we probably got about 8 inches of snow and it was a bit heavy and ice definitely formed and I did not experience the smallest amount of signal loss which I was rather impressed with. I have only had D* for about 3 months and this was my biggest fear when moving from cable.
  7. fratwell

    fratwell Legend

    Jul 2, 2005
    Got the same 10" of dry snow and my reception stayed intact...no snow was stuck to the dish....However Sat night's storm could be different story (more wetter snow)
  8. johnb1963

    johnb1963 Mentor

    Sep 19, 2007
    We got 10 inches here and no signal loss at all. We will see what the weekends storm brings. Nothing like watching sports in HD during a snowstorm.
  9. dcanesdbs

    dcanesdbs Legend

    Oct 13, 2007
    Good news! Woke up this morning and 103b is in the 80's and 90's.. Warmer today so I assume there was snow, maybe ice, blocking that signal.
  10. dshu82

    dshu82 Icon

    Jul 6, 2007
    Great. I think you will find that should not happen every time it snows, as has a lot to do with direction storm coming from, temperature (wet, sticky or light, fluffy snow), etc. If you can reach with Super Soaker, go for it!
  11. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    I've used DirecTV for over 15 years now in 3 different states, 2 of which were sonw-infested in winter. I'm now in a warmer climate (thankfully).

    Between snow, ice, extreme cold, extreme heat, and rain, I have seen many examples of terrible weather over the years, and what impact it can have on broadcast transmisstions of many types. Here are a few examples:

    1) When in snowsville, I had virtually no problems with DirecTV. In one case I can specifically recall, the snow was hard and accumulations high. The cable went out in the area, but not my satellite - how ironic, huh?

    2) I recall about 6-7 torrential rain storms in my warmer current location the past 7 years. In all but 2 of them, the impact to signal loss was perhaps 20-45 seconds...otherwise, no problem. In the other 2 cases, the signal loss was up to 5 minutes before coming back. This is over a 7 year period of time.

    3) The only times I have lost signal over the past 15 years occurred 3 times for loss of power to my home (my DVR's are now all on UPS units since I got them), and 2-3 times I lost my signal due to severe thunderstorms (lightening, wrath of god stuff) in my area. At that time, my only interest was heading for shelter, not watching TV. Cable was out in my area (neighbors) for almost 2 full days each time!

    All told, my DirecTV reception has been very reliable, even when weather attempts to play havoc.
  12. SThacker

    SThacker AllStar

    May 24, 2005
    DTV will be out Tuesday to realign my dish. We had a mixed bag of precip yesterday and I lost my local HD signal. DTV CSR had me check the signal strength and it was all 0. On a side note: I did have to get on my garager roof yesterday with a 1" of slush/ice/sleet and use a broom to knock off the thin layer of Ice on the dish, which is on the upper roof in order to get the local HD signal back. Hopefully Tuesday the repair tech can optimize the signal.
  13. sNEIRBO

    sNEIRBO Icon

    Jul 23, 2006
    I was pleasantly surprised this morning - we had about 10" of snow on the ground at my house when I woke up this morning. I turned on the TV expecting to have to hit the OTA to get some news. EVERYTHING is available on DirecTV this morning - HD and HD Locals are all working. When I was outside clearing the snow I looked at the dish, expecting to see nothing on it, and it's COVERED in snow. When I went back in, everything is still working. I know from past experience with my DISH Net 1000+ dish, that amount of snow would have knocked out the signal (the DISH 1000+ was ground mounted on a pole so I could take a car snow brush to it to clear the snow).

    I am VERY HAPPY with DirecTV this morning - probably the first time in the last 6 weeks that I am. All is good right now - I've finally got an HR20-700 that works and I didn't lose my signal during a major snow storm. Since I'm going to be stuck in the house all day and planning on watching the Planet Earth marathon on DISC-HD that is a major plus!!
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