It's Solar Outage Season!

wetz73

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This time of year starting at about 3:30 in the afternoon the sun shines directly into one of my garage door safety sensors and I can't shut it until the sun sets.
 
whatchel1

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This time of year starting at about 3:30 in the afternoon the sun shines directly into one of my garage door safety sensors and I can't shut it until the sun sets.

switch sides. Pretty sure one is a receiver & the other a sender(could be wrong). But is there a way to reroute the the cables and switch the 2 you may be able to fix that problem.
 
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barfo

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I never have a solar outage. The signal drops considerably during and a little before and after the calculated time, but never low enough to lose the dishnetwork signal. I suspect that this is because I am using a starchoice 75cm eliptical dish with one legacy dual lnb at the end of the arm, looking at 119 only. Can someone explain why I don't experience a solar outage?
 
whatchel1

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I never have a solar outage. The signal drops considerably during and a little before and after the calculated time, but never low enough to lose the dishnetwork signal. I suspect that this is because I am using a starchoice 75cm eliptical dish with one legacy dual lnb at the end of the arm, looking at 119 only. Can someone explain why I don't experience a solar outage?

You do you just haven't seen it. It may only drop completely out for a minute or two then com right back. In fact the larger the dish the shorter the duration.
 
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barfo

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You do you just haven't seen it. It may only drop completely out for a minute or two then com right back. In fact the larger the dish the shorter the duration.
Thanks, but I'm looking for an explanation. Sure, larger dish brings in more sat signal, but it seems to me it would also bring in more solar noise. I wonder if the fact that the dish is made for two sats and an lnb that picks up two sats has something to do with it. And no, I have checked on numerous occasions, and I never completely lose the signal. Normally I get about 65 on my receiver's signal meter, it will drop to maybe 40 during the 'outage'.
 
Dah-Henny

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I wonder if the fact that the dish is made for two sats and an lnb that picks up two sats has something to do with it.
You are likely correct. The focal point on an elliptical is not as pin pointed as a single lnb dish, like a parabolic...I think.
 
whatchel1

whatchel1

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Thanks, but I'm looking for an explanation. Sure, larger dish brings in more sat signal, but it seems to me it would also bring in more solar noise. I wonder if the fact that the dish is made for two sats and an lnb that picks up two sats has something to do with it. And no, I have checked on numerous occasions, and I never completely lose the signal. Normally I get about 65 on my receiver's signal meter, it will drop to maybe 40 during the 'outage'.

Do you still have a moving watchable picture on both sats when the drop shows up?
 
Blastfurnace

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I am experiancing signal loss. the picture disappears and the error screen comes up. I check sat signal and they are all lower than they used to be. the dish has not moved and the weather is perfect. before i go trying to move the dish is something happening that i just have to wait out?

Thanks

Mark
 
whatchel1

whatchel1

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I am experiancing signal loss. the picture disappears and the error screen comes up. I check sat signal and they are all lower than they used to be. the dish has not moved and the weather is perfect. before i go trying to move the dish is something happening that i just have to wait out?

Thanks

Mark

A couple of things LNB could be going bad, wiring into the connector on it could be getting corrosion or rust on it and that will reduce the signal reading. One other thing is if you are using a switch then there are 2 more connectors that that may be having a problem. So check all connection in the line 1st.
 

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