Is rain fade getting worse

Status
Please reply by conversation.
raoul5788

raoul5788

Studebaker driver
Staff member
HERE TO HELP YOU!
Supporting Founder
Lifetime Supporter
Dec 28, 2004
31,616
15,621
Cheshire CT
What are your signal strength numbers with a clear sky? What are they now?
 
Don in CT

Don in CT

Thread Starter
SatelliteGuys Master
Pub Member / Supporter
Dec 4, 2013
9,368
11,086
Central CT
It’s normally in the 90s. But once the high cloud tops come in the signal drops. Clear line of site.
 
patmurphey

patmurphey

SatelliteGuys Pro
Dec 29, 2006
1,297
442
New Jersey
Thunderstorms between you and the satellite cause fade. It does not have to be raining at your location. I see you're in CT, the recent storms have been streaming up from the SW with monsoon like rain density, one after another, causing more interruptions than usual. Relax, nothing has likely changed with your equipment.

If you have a weather radar app on your phone, you can see the culprits causing your dropouts.
 
C

CSM

SatelliteGuys Pro
Aug 28, 2015
1,050
229
Chesterfield, MO
The one thing I was curious about rain fade is if they do go all HD in 2019 and have no SD duplicates HD will stay out long in bad weather. My signals are all in 90's and when their is heavy rain HD stays out for 10 mins or more.
 
S

slice1900

SatelliteGuys Pro
Feb 14, 2015
1,596
716
IA
The one thing I was curious about rain fade is if they do go all HD in 2019 and have no SD duplicates HD will stay out long in bad weather. My signals are all in 90's and when their is heavy rain HD stays out for 10 mins or more.

It depends on whether they put HD channels on 101 or not. Though in my experience when you get those huge storms with the tall rainclouds, if it is coming from the west I see 103 go out, followed by 101, followed by 99. The KU band used on 101 is more resistant to rain, but when a supercell storm comes your way it doesn't matter everything is going out.
 
C

CSM

SatelliteGuys Pro
Aug 28, 2015
1,050
229
Chesterfield, MO
It depends on whether they put HD channels on 101 or not. Though in my experience when you get those huge storms with the tall rainclouds, if it is coming from the west I see 103 go out, followed by 101, followed by 99. The KU band used on 101 is more resistant to rain, but when a supercell storm comes your way it doesn't matter everything is going out.
Is 10 mins. or longer normal for HD staying out in bad weather?
 
S

slice1900

SatelliteGuys Pro
Feb 14, 2015
1,596
716
IA
Yeah I've seen some where it is just a blip, or a few short blips, and there's been a few rare cases where it was almost a half hour. If you've been having storms with heavier downpours than you usually do, you'll see longer outages than you are used to.
 
whitewolf8214

whitewolf8214

SatelliteGuys Master
Pub Member / Supporter
Lifetime Supporter
May 13, 2004
40,379
798
Space
No problems here on rain fade unles it’s a hell of a storm coming in
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jimbo
Don in CT

Don in CT

Thread Starter
SatelliteGuys Master
Pub Member / Supporter
Dec 4, 2013
9,368
11,086
Central CT
Thunderstorms between you and the satellite cause fade. It does not have to be raining at your location. I see you're in CT, the recent storms have been streaming up from the SW with monsoon like rain density, one after another, causing more interruptions than usual. Relax, nothing has likely changed with your equipment.

If you have a weather radar app on your phone, you can see the culprits causing your dropouts.

I noticed that the cloud tops were probably 5 miles away and the signal was toast.
 
S

slice1900

SatelliteGuys Pro
Feb 14, 2015
1,596
716
IA
Thats likely ... 5 miles isn't very far in the grand scheme of things ... its whats happening inside that cloud that causes the disturbance.

Yep, it is the volume of water between your dish and the satellite, and has nothing to do with the rain that actually hits your dish. Which is why it is a complete waste of money to buy something to put on your dish to make the water slide off. I suppose that could help with wet snow (assuming it stays slick and doesn't deteriorate over time) but that's about it.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jimbo
Scott Greczkowski

Scott Greczkowski

Welcome HOME to SatelliteGuys!
Staff member
HERE TO HELP YOU!
Sep 7, 2003
100,853
20,639
Newington, CT
The alignment on your dish is off by a "hair" (if even that much)
 
Status
Please reply by conversation.

Similar threads

B
Replies
16
Views
6K
shmeff
S
mattopia
Replies
21
Views
3K
eScNuK3r
eScNuK3r
Roadworrier
  • Locked
Replies
13
Views
2K
dcwebman
dcwebman
G
  • Locked
Replies
4
Views
1K
Hodedoe
H
C
  • Locked
Replies
9
Views
2K
sksatellite
S

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 0, Members: 0, Guests: 0)

Top