Reception in heavy rain

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  1. Jon Baker

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    Apologies if this has been asked before.

    In thunder storms I lose all signal quality and hence all channels on my Pace Digibox.
    Thankfully we don't have a monsoon season in the UK, but one day this may occur during a crucial event (e.g. FA Cup final).

    Is this a common experience ?

    Unfortunately the spotty kid from Sky who installed the System wouldn't leave the original 80cm solid dish up. However he did re-use the original mount and pole, so I am tempted to put the old dish up again when getting sky plus and buy a new quad LNB.
     
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    I find I have less problem in bad weather with SKY digital than the old analogue system and I to had a 80cm dish, the only system which I never, ever, ever, had a problem was with my old BSB squaerial, now that was good, sigh.

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    I'm no expert John but I have the same problem. It usually doesn't last for long and I find that ITV-Digital will still work as long as it's a free to air channel (I don't subscribe as I only use it to watch formula One!). The thing is that good old ordinary analogue never goes off if it rains!! Such is progress! The only trouble is that the analogue terrestrial picture is almost unwatchable in my location. Analogue Sky just used to show sparklies during a storm whereas Sky Digital just ceases altogether!

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    In heavy rain I lose all of Sky but never lose ITV Digital.
     
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    You should not lose picture unless you stand with a bucket over the lnb. You did not say where you are in UK but do a few checks.

    1. Check signal strength/quality first, quality should be 70% +. signal can work OK on 50%.

    2. It may be a good idea to re fit the cable at the back of the digibox as S*Y engineers often just pare back the tiniest bit.

    3. Check LNB in case it is lose and at the same time check cable as above, even refit it and cover with tape.

    4. How far is receiver from dish and does the cable have lots of bends?

    5. Switch to C4 or BBC1 when it rains and see if picture is lost, these transmit more bits than S*Y so should be OK. Then if S*Y has gone you are watching a prog with a weak signal ie less bits.

    6. Put back up your 80CM, get a TWIN Grundig LNB and you will be in heaven. For the QUAD get SMS ETC.

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  6. Jon Baker

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I did get Sky out while the system was under warrenty and the bloke just forced a download and told me Pace and Sky had developed better software for coping with bad weather.
    Doesn't help when you loose all signal quality though.
     
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    In the last two weeks I have lost all signal on three occasions when there has been heavy rain. However, the weather has been much worse in the past 18 months of ownership without losing the signal. I wonder if the problems I am having with the digibox because of new EPG download can extend to affecting reception?

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    Thanks Sanap,

    I am in Cumbria. The cable etc is ok.
    60% strength and 50% quality tonight.
    Yes I have lost BBC1 during heavy rain.
    I agree the old dish should go back up with a new quad lnb.
     
  9. Eric Chadwick

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    I had this at first and the installer changed the lnb for a better quality one (grundig I think). Now it works fine even in the worst rain storms - well it did before sky updated the software - now it doesn't work at all <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
     
  10. Jon Baker

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    Eric what does your signal strength and quality look like normally and in heavy rain ?
     
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    Signal strength is normally about 75% and quality about 50%. I don't think it changes much in the rain now - it used to fluctuate and from what I can remember the quality would sometimes go to zero. At that time I suffered sound drop outs, picture freezing and blocking and occasionally the 'no signal is being received' message. It all seems much more stable now. They either swapped a cambridge lnb for a grundig or vice versa.

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  12. Jon Baker

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    The signal/quality you describe is what I get now and similiarly your old behaviour in the rain.<br />Very interesting that just replacing the LNB fixed things.
     

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