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Old 03-22-2006, 06:16 PM   #1  
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My picture began freezing up over the weekend, the wind was heavy at times so i naturally assumed that my satelite may have moved a little, so i called directtv and a service tech was sent to my house today. They guy walked around my house looked at my satelite and said "ah you have a kaku satelite, i don't have my birddog with me, but i'm sure it is solar flares". He never bothered climbing on my roof to check to see if anything was loose. He did come in and look at the signal meter on my tv and said it looked fine, he would call me back in a couple of days to see if I am still having the same problem. I had dishnetwork for 2yrs or more and never had a problem with solar flares. In fact I haven't heard the term solar flares since i was in science class in high school, which has been a long time. Just wondering if this is a real problem or if I just got a lazy tech.
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My picture began freezing up over the weekend, the wind was heavy at times so i naturally assumed that my satelite may have moved a little, so i called directtv and a service tech was sent to my house today. They guy walked around my house looked at my satelite and said "ah you have a kaku satelite, i don't have my birddog with me, but i'm sure it is solar flares". He never bothered climbing on my roof to check to see if anything was loose. He did come in and look at the signal meter on my tv and said it looked fine, he would call me back in a couple of days to see if I am still having the same problem. I had dishnetwork for 2yrs or more and never had a problem with solar flares. In fact I haven't heard the term solar flares since i was in science class in high school, which has been a long time. Just wondering if this is a real problem or if I just got a lazy tech.
Lazy Tech. Solar flares rarely cause satellite reception problems. There can be sun outages, but they were in the beginning of March in West Virginia. A sun outage occurs when the sun is directly behind the satellite.
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Lazy Tech. Solar flares rarely cause satellite reception problems. There can be sun outages, but they were in the beginning of March in West Virginia. A sun outage occurs when the sun is directly behind the satellite.
I had a few sun outages in early March (columbus ohio), but none lately.

Lasted about 10 minutes, max. All early during the day (yeah, I work from home and watch TV.. lame, I know.. haha).
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There can be sun outages, but they were in the beginning of March in West Virginia. A sun outage occurs when the sun is directly behind the satellite.
Sun outages (not flares) occur everywhere on the planet around the first day of spring and the first day of fall every year (equinoxes) ~ Mar 20 and Sept 23 - a week or two earlier or later depending whether you are north or south of the equator -see this thread
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Sun outages typically occur during the months of February/March and September/October and can last as long as 15 minutes a day and take place over a period of 15 days. The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the 15 day period. Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease becoming less noticeable each day after.

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Sun outages (not flares) occur everywhere on the planet around the first day of spring and the first day of fall every year (equinoxes) ~ Mar 20 and Sept 23 - a week or two earlier or later depending whether you are north or south of the equator -see this thread
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The outages i have never last more than a second or two. I still am having the freezing occasionly.
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The outages i have never last more than a second or two. I still am having the freezing occasionly.
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The outages i have never last more than a second or two. I still am having the freezing occasionly.
-since no-one else cares to drag out this old dead horse -- I will - - spring is when the leaves come back and last year's twigs turn into this year's branches - which will block Ku(randomly in the breeze) -- You could check some of the 'sticky' satellite threads for other ideas if none of this excites you. or this http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?p=129
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-since no-one else cares to drag out this old dead horse -- I will - - spring is when the leaves come back and last year's twigs turn into this year's branches - which will block Ku(randomly in the breeze) -- You could check some of the 'sticky' satellite threads for other ideas if none of this excites you. or this http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?p=129
The only problem with that theory is, my satelite is mounted on the roof of my house and there is absolety nothing in my line of site
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