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5 LNB Dish Wind Issues

MatMaz
02-17-2006, 03:05 PM
Looking throught the other posts I see where there are issues with the D* 5 LNB dish. Seems like size and weight are an issue. Unfortuneately, it is a roof install (no other choice). My OTA reception is so-so at best, that's why I went with the 5.

I had my 3 LNB replaced with the 5 two weeks ago. The next day we had a storm and poof, no signal. After about 30 phone calls to D* and the local contractor, one useless apointment and one missed apointment, they came out yesterday (yes, almost two weeks without D*) and "properly" installed the dish since "the guy before must not have known what he was doing". Low and behold, it's windy again today and poof, no signal again.

Is there any hope of having a roof-top 5 LNB installed to where it won't get out of alignment due to the wind?

A supervisor (from the local contractor) is coming Monday to see what he can do...I'm not holding my breath. I'm so frustrated, I actually got an estimate from Comcast...I really don't want to do it.

chiliman
02-17-2006, 11:13 PM
Looking throught the other posts I see where there are issues with the D* 5 LNB dish. Seems like size and weight are an issue. Unfortuneately, it is a roof install (no other choice). My OTA reception is so-so at best, that's why I went with the 5.

I had my 3 LNB replaced with the 5 two weeks ago. The next day we had a storm and poof, no signal. After about 30 phone calls to D* and the local contractor, one useless apointment and one missed apointment, they came out yesterday (yes, almost two weeks without D*) and "properly" installed the dish since "the guy before must not have known what he was doing". Low and behold, it's windy again today and poof, no signal again.

Is there any hope of having a roof-top 5 LNB installed to where it won't get out of alignment due to the wind?

A supervisor (from the local contractor) is coming Monday to see what he can do...I'm not holding my breath. I'm so frustrated, I actually got an estimate from Comcast...I really don't want to do it.


Registered just to respond to you.

I had the exact same experience and I am in the DC area too (Manassas). Had the 3 lnb replaced by the 5 lnb. Now I do not have any houses behind me. It's is two lakes, roads, and a field. The wind really whips up around here.

The wind moves the dish within a week of the install. I have to wait 5 days for the service call to come back to fix it. Then on Feb.2nd it does it again (all of 3 days after being fixed). And now I have 30 people coming over in 3 days for the Super Bowl!! After just throwing a fit and not accepting no for an answer I had a tech out the next day. They were initially saying they would not be out till the day after the Super Bowl.

Long story short, they took it off my roof and put it on a mast which protected it in two ways: 1-it was lower and therefor less wind. 2-it is now between my and my neighbor's house which protects it from the wind. Also now if it happens again I can fix it myself.

I know you said you have to stay with a roof install but what about a side of the house install that maybe protects the dish from the wind more.

The aiming of this dish is obviously VERY sensitive and has to be perfect to pick up all the satellites.

Randy

MatMaz
02-18-2006, 05:16 AM
Randy...thanks for taking the time to register and respond.

I'm in a townhome, so I have neighbors' houses to deal with when trying to pick up a signal and a row of trees off in the distance. D* tried many different locations other than the roof and couldn't get a signal.

Anybody else having issues with the D* 5 LNB? Like to hear from you!

CaymusMan
02-18-2006, 06:33 AM
Had the 5 LNB dish installed on Wednesday and on Friday had 40-50 MPH gusts of wind here in Michigan and no problems with signal at all. My house has open field behind us due to the golf course and the wind really gets moving. The install guy, who i asked many questions to during the install, said that set up is tricky. He did mention that he had been installing for 10 years. So far so good. :banana:

Moonyworld
02-18-2006, 08:41 AM
I live in Northern Va. (Centreville), and had my upgrade from the 3 lnb to the 5 lnb on Jan. 12. My dish is mounted on my fence behind my house. I never had problems until I had the 5 lnb installed. The last tech that came out here a few weeks ago was the best one by far. He adjusted my dish and said the guy that made the upgrade screwed up. I thought this tech would fix my signal break up for good. But he didn't. Another tech is scheduled to come out today to possibly move my dish to the roof. I am scared that every heavy wind gust will mess up my signal if the dish is on the roof. I guess I'll have to see what the tech says when he gets here. I'll post an update later.

tiraggi
02-18-2006, 09:02 AM
New poster here. Im still waiting for D* to contact me for the upgrade to the 5 LNB Dish. I have set the post already in anticipation of the upgrade as a roof mount is out of the question around here. The wind gusts we get out here would take the dish and parts of the roof to Connecticut. Im hoping the pole mount will prevent any of these problems. I guess Ill have to wait and see.

bgoalie35
02-18-2006, 10:30 AM
I have heard the pole mount is the best possible option. Its low to the ground, and you can really poor a ton of cement to make sure that little pole doesn't move in the wind.

I did a fence mount, but mounted it less than a foot of the ground, right in front of a corner 4 x 4 post. I have not had any trouble with the wind knocking it out.

I have also heard of people in brick homes having success mounting to the side of the house, where the solid brick doesn't have much give to it.