Is rain fade getting worse

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  1. Don in CT

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    It seems that light rain and just overcast skies are enough to cause the signal to go out. Did they lower the power or something.
     
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    What are your signal strength numbers with a clear sky? What are they now?
     
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    It’s normally in the 90s. But once the high cloud tops come in the signal drops. Clear line of site.
     
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    May need to tweak the dish high clouds should have negligible impact.
     
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    It is raining now here and I have signal.
     
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    I rarely ever lose signal .... in torrential down pour, yes, but not for long.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Is 10 mins. or longer normal for HD staying out in bad weather?
     
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    Depends on the size of the storm, it could be 10 minutes or 30 seconds ..
     
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    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.
     
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    No problems here on rain fade unles it’s a hell of a storm coming in
     
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    I noticed that the cloud tops were probably 5 miles away and the signal was toast.
     
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    Thats likely ... 5 miles isn't very far in the grand scheme of things ... its whats happening inside that cloud that causes the disturbance.
     
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    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.
     
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    The alignment on your dish is off by a "hair" (if even that much)
     
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    Or Gray, if you prefer ...
     
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