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OK so I am looking to recreate the bad signal pixelated shifting tv image effect seen in bad storms with satellite TV. Just putting an attenuator in between did not work and the attenuators got very hot rather quickly. I later found out this is because the receiver supplies the dish with power. I also have been made familiar with the fact that it is a digital signal and the line between signal and no signal is a very fine line.

Does anyone know if there any way to achieve this effect. Someone said there is a way to use an attenuator setup with a shunted ground? I'm a total noob with this but If I can find out how to do it Im sure I can find someone to build a device for me. It was also suggested I put alum foil in front of the dish but that is difficult as the dish is on the roof and its just way too clunky an option.
 

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OK so I am looking to recreate the bad signal pixelated shifting tv image effect seen in bad storms with satellite TV. Just putting an attenuator in between did not work and the attenuators got very hot rather quickly. I later found out this is because the receiver supplies the dish with power. I also have been made familiar with the fact that it is a digital signal and the line between signal and no signal is a very fine line.

Does anyone know if there any way to achieve this effect. Someone said there is a way to use an attenuator setup with a shunted ground? I'm a total noob with this but If I can find out how to do it Im sure I can find someone to build a device for me. It was also suggested I put alum foil in front of the dish but that is difficult as the dish is on the roof and its just way too clunky an option.
There is a thread about pixilation on some receivers and not others ( large installation ).
The guys on here suggested that he was losing too much signal going thru multiple splitters. Every splitter drops the signal by x amount. The larger the splitter the larger the drop. You might try multiple splitters in the coax line to decrease the signal strength.
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Wait to see what some of the others have to say. Some are really sharp when it comes to the electrical side of these systems ( way over my head, whoosh, lol ).
 

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OK so I am looking to recreate the bad signal pixelated shifting tv image effect seen in bad storms with satellite TV. Just putting an attenuator in between did not work and the attenuators got very hot rather quickly. I later found out this is because the receiver supplies the dish with power. I also have been made familiar with the fact that it is a digital signal and the line between signal and no signal is a very fine line.

Does anyone know if there any way to achieve this effect. Someone said there is a way to use an attenuator setup with a shunted ground? I'm a total noob with this but If I can find out how to do it Im sure I can find someone to build a device for me. It was also suggested I put alum foil in front of the dish but that is difficult as the dish is on the roof and its just way too clunky an option.
Could you explain why and what you're trying to do in more detail?

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Usually such degradation of a RF signal (if it's the culprit) then you need an amplifier, not attenuator ! Or bigger reflector.

Actually, what device is under your scrutiny ? TV, dish or DTV box ? or What ?
 

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Could you explain why and what you're trying to do in more detail?

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OK so I am looking to recreate the bad signal pixelated shifting tv image effect seen in bad storms with satellite TV.
 

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But why? To what end?

Maybe a cable TV advertiser who wants to make THE definitive rain fade TV commercial? ;)
Who knows why.
 

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OK, this may sound crazy, but how about having someone stand there with a hose and spray the dish with water. That or rig something to sit in front of the reflector and partially block the signal (maybe a wire hanger with saran wrap on it).
 

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I read that, if I understood what he was doing I wouldn't have asked...:)

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Thought maybe you did like I do every so often, by the time I get thru a long one I missed the point.
What we don't know is why he is wanting to do this.
 

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Thought maybe you did like I do every so often, by the time I get thru a long one I missed the point.
What we don't know is why he is wanting to do this.
This might be one of those times that we see a thread/post from somebody new and never see another one. I got stuck on "why would he do that?" rather quickly. Everybody complains about rain fade and he wants to replicate it? I don't get it.

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I would be surprised to hear from the OP again. We know what he wants to do but we don't know why. I suspect he's not going to tell us. If he lives along the east coast I would think he had multiple occasions recently to see the real thing.:eek:
 

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Probably works for a production company and wants to create rain fade effect for an anti-satellite cable TV (or online streaming) company commercial.

Yes, foil is effective (as are hands, fingers, thumbs, etc...).

Inline, you'd probably still need something adjustable, though.
 

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Probably works for a production company and wants to create rain fade effect for an anti-satellite cable TV (or online streaming) company commercial.

Yes, foil is effective (as are hands, fingers, thumbs, etc...).

Inline, you'd probably still need something adjustable, though.
You mean a company like Spectrum? Spectrum bad DIRECTV good! He He...

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