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Old 10-24-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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I'm getting DTV next week and I'm worrying about losing my signal due to rain fade or snow on the dish. is it possible to have the dish indoors pointing towards a southern window? I have an enclosure that has windows with a southern exposure. Could I have the guy mount the dish on a tripod in the enclosure and pointed south towards the windows? Would it even make a difference? Or would I still lose my signal in bad weather?

Sorry for my ignorance I've never had satellite service.
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i dont think it will make a difference. Rain fade and snow problems for the most part are the signal being blocked as it is shot from space to your dish. There is something in the way of the beam blocking the signal. So putting ur dish inside will not effect this problem at all.
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well has anybody on here tried putting it inside? I'm just wondering.
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well has anybody on here tried putting it inside? I'm just wondering.
My question is, why would you want to? Also, if trees cause line of sight of problems, how would walls or windows be any different?
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Yes the Dish has to be outdoors.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:53 AM   #6
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People that I know with dishes have told me when snow gets on it they lose their signal.
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Yes, many of us deal with having to brush snow off of the dish during the winter; though in my case, it's only been about 3 or 4 times over the past fifteen years that's snow on the dish has actually caused a loss of signal. Usually, signal loss is due to cloud cover and the amount of moister in those clouds. But this, too, is rare. Again, in my case, maybe once-a-year this happens, for a few minutes.

If a dish is mounted directly behind a glass window, it shouldn't interfere with the signal. Some people put plastic covers on their dish to help ward off snow, so a piece of clear glass in front of the dish isn't going to pose a reception problem. Though I think you'd be hard-pressed to find an installer willing to do the job, and do-it-yourself installation of a 5-LNB dish isn't a job for a novice.
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There is a simple solution to snow on your dish. Simply spray that actual dish with PAM every month or so during the winter months. Luckily, I never have to worry about snow.
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If a dish is mounted directly behind a glass window, it shouldn't interfere with the signal.
Glass does in fact difuse the signal a bit.
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There is a simple solution to snow on your dish. Simply spray that actual dish with PAM every month or so during the winter months. Luckily, I never have to worry about snow.
Going up on a roof once a month during the winter to spray PAM on the dish doesn't sound like a good idea to me. I live in MN. I've never sprayed my dish with anything, and I've never had to clean snow off my dish.
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Going up on a roof once a month during the winter to spray PAM on the dish doesn't sound like a good idea to me. I live in MN. I've never sprayed my dish with anything, and I've never had to clean snow off my dish.
I see snow once every 10 years where I live. Go figure.
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I have seen these special "Heat Pads" that you can buy for the dish that heat the dish just enuf to melt snow. do a search for satellite dishes then accessories.

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A decade with DirecTV and I have only loss signal once during a snow storm. that was during a blizzard that dropped a few feet in a little more then an hour. Signal was lost for a couple of minutes and then it was back. I have never had to spray Pam on my dish.
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I know you cant with double pain windows. The two glass sheets block the signal completely. I have read that you can get a signal with single pain windows. Not sure on if it just regular glass or treat glass. ie UV block etc. The older the glass probably the less chance of you having this.
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