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Ticked off weather knokcs out Directv again!!!

07-05-2005, 10:08 AM
Ok so I am now reminded of why we switched to cable for a bit. Last night after our July 4th barbeque, we come home relax, get half way into a lifetime movie, and I notice the rain and thunder starting. I leave my room to get a beer, and come back only to find my wife looking upset, and a blank screen on the tv. There goes the satellite again, she exclaims! In our older ranch house we could have the worst thunderstorms and still not have a problem with our directv. Now in our new two story home, it foes out everytime it storms! I have checked for signal strength and it is very strong. Is there anything I can do, get a better dish, anything?

07-05-2005, 10:22 AM
Hey...I just wanted to tell you my experience. I had D*TV for almost 10 years now, since they first came out. I NEVER had rain fade problems with my old dish. Only in a severe torrential downpour MAYBE for a minute or two. Once I had the new 3LNB dish installed so I could get local channels, I have constant signal problems. Even if its cloudy, I can lose signal. I called D*TV and they wanted $70 to send a tech out, and I complained and refused. I got the rep to tell me they check signal on the 101 Sat transponder 1 & 2 and the 119 Sat trns 26 & 27. THe HD Sat is 110. I readjusted the dish myself, and got the 119 Sat signal to the 90's. I can only get the 101 Sat. to 83-88. The 110 Sat. is reading 76! My point is, the damn thing still goes out with light rain! The tech who came today to set up HD said thats the best signal I can get. Oh well hope it doesnt rain alot! Just my experience. :D

07-05-2005, 10:34 AM
I live in the DC area, once in a blue moon will DTV go out, even with heavy thunderstorms. I do switch tv's and go to the least expensive one just in case a spike comes through but other wise no problem. BTW, house is only 4 years old and I do have HD.

07-05-2005, 06:37 PM
I just moved mine, every time it would rain or get windy it would go out. The stupid tech that put it up last fall aimed it at the trees so when the leaves came out, bye bye TV. It's been great ever since I moved it. I wasn't going to spend $70 bucks just to have them come out and say the tree was in the way.

07-05-2005, 08:07 PM
I never had problems with the 1 LNB dish, either. Now when the storms are really bad, the 3 LNB elliptical dish had rain fade problems. My signal strengths are stronger, even on the A satellite, while the B & C are between 95 and 100 most of the time. I have no idea why the 3 LNB dishes are more susceptible to rain fade. Anyone have a practical explanation?

07-06-2005, 05:27 AM
I had the opposite problem. With the old dish I had rainouts all the time, with the new elliptical dish that problem has gone away.

07-06-2005, 08:28 AM
i had the same problems for a while, then they sent a guy out and he said that the bad storm you had a couple of weeks ago moved the alignment of the dish. so he realigned the dish and its been fine ever since.

07-06-2005, 07:28 PM
:hithere: Ok guys, thanks for your thoughts. What are your suggestions for my delema? Or rather how can I get directv to come out and adjust my dish for free? I hate to pay $70 bucks! Also is an elliptical dish for HD viewing? What kind of upgrade equip will I need for HD? Right now I have 3 standard satellite boxes and dish.

07-06-2005, 10:10 PM
I did my own antenna adjustment. Ordered a Sat signal meter for under $15 with shipping on EBAY. Went up on the ladder and was done in <30 minutes on all 4 lines and ran through it a 2nd time for QA.