Lots of Dish Dead!

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SatelliteGuys Family
Oct 21, 2008
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S.E. KY
Looks like you guys have all the angles covered on this one. I might add that in my training, they told us that the Sun's rays reflected off of the solar panels of the sat. and caused electrostatic interference to the outgoing or incoming signals. Hard to prove, but it sounds possible. Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.
 

sam_gordon

SatelliteGuys Pro
May 21, 2009
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Lexington, ky
Sunfade, as mentioned, happens twice a year, and is when the sun is directly behind the satellite (as viewed from the receiving dish). The time and day of the occurrence will vary based on where the receive dish is on the earth's surface, and what satellite is being looked at. Also, for a given sat/dish, the sun fade will happen about the same time of day for a couple days, you won't have sun fade one day, then nothing for a week, then sun fade again (at least not while looking at the same satellite).

And regarding the sun reflecting off the solar panels... isn't that what's SUPPOSED to happen?
 
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