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    So, Of course we had a major snow/ice storm last night in Chicago and my signal went out. I'm told that sometimes snow and ice will build up on the dish and you have to clean it. Luckily, the signal came back on. But, what the hell is someone suppose to do when the dish isn't within range to clean it? Mine is up on my neighbors balcony and I'm NOT going to be bugging him every time it snows! (I'm shocked he even allowed me to put it up there since it's an eye sore. ) This is a pain in my ASS if you ask me. I can live with the signal dropping during heavy storms but what in Gods name would someone do if they lived in a complex and the Sat. was way on top of the roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    So, Of course we had a major snow/ice storm last night in Chicago and my signal went out. I'm told that sometimes snow and ice will build up on the dish and you have to clean it. Luckily, the signal came back on. But, what the hell is someone suppose to do when the dish isn't within range to clean it? Mine is up on my neighbors balcony and I'm NOT going to be bugging him every time it snows! (I'm shocked he even allowed me to put it up there since it's an eye sore. ) This is a Pain in my ASS if you ask me. I can live with the signal dropping during heavy storms but what in gods name would someone do if they lived in a complex and the Sat. was way on top of the roof?

    Is this a major concern?
    My brother in law was installing Satellite dishes about 8 years back ( when the dishes were monster sized) anyway not to digress but, a lot of their installs were done up state NY where thy got their fare share of snow fall. What they used to do after installing a dish was clean in dish face real good and then apply a generous coating of PAM ( a cooking pan spray ) this would help create a surface where it became difficult for Ice and snow to adhere, but he also recommended that when the weather got beyond that "winter" stage that you clean up the dish so as not to buildup a scummy surface and then re-apply with the onset of wintry months again. The snow and ice would usually slide right off the dish once the snow or ice condition stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImRizzo View Post
    My brother in law was installing Satellite dishes about 8 years back ( when the dishes were monster sized) anyway not to digress but, a lot of their installs were done up state NY where thy got their fare share of snow fall. What they used to do after installing a dish was clean in dish face real good and then apply a generous coating of PAM ( a cooking pan spray ) this would help create a surface where it became difficult for Ice and snow to adhere, but he also recommended that when the weather got beyond that "winter" stage that you clean up the dish so as not to buildup a scummy surface and then re-apply with the onset of wintry months again. The snow and ice would usually slide right off the dish once the snow or ice condition stopped.

    And BLT, I would suggest you wear your sunglasses so the reflection or glare don't affect your vision..... LOL (a private joke)

    Very funny reflection man! LOL. I actually read that about Pam or even WD40. Thanks
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    I've had DirecTV for 2 years and ice and freezing rain are the biggest problems. Thunderstorms or heavy snow blocks the signal occasionaly but going out in the middle of the night to get the ice off sux!!!!! I spray hot water on it to thaw it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    Very funny eflection man! LOL. I actually read that about Pam or even WD40. Thanks
    But the most important part is cleaning and removing the residue after the inclement weather period, otherwise it acts as a attracting and retaining surface and will actually create a detrimental condition for the next season. WD40 ( which is formulated from fish oil ) is another good product to use, as both are somewhat waterproof and will not wash away inder normal conditions.
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    The Pam and WD40 suggestions are excellent.

    I lived in Malaysia last year where they get incredible, intense monsoon rains every afternoon in the spring season. The water coming down is so dense that it completely blocks the satellite signal, sometimes for an hour or more. This is much the same as what happens when a dish gets covered in ice. Those water molecules effectively block the satellite signal from reaching the dish sensor. Anything you can do to help stop that ice from sticking to the dish surface will be a big help.

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    Shitty, I have no satellite signal right now, after a 12" snowfall last night. Gotta go up on the roof!
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    Two options:

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    Snow Cover>


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntruder View Post
    Shitty, I have no satellite signal right now, after a 12" snowfall last night. Gotta go up on the roof!
    Looks like I'm going to have to buy a ladder and hope to God my neighbor doesn't see me doing this. My luck (He's gay), I'll see something I shouldn't of seen......G U L P
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    Looks like I'm going to have to buy a ladder and hope to God my neighbor doesn't see me doing this. My luck (He's gay), I'll see something I shouldn't of seen......G U L P






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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    So, Of course we had a major snow/ice storm last night in Chicago and my signal went out. I'm told that sometimes snow and ice will build up on the dish and you have to clean it. Luckily, the signal came back on. But, what the hell is someone suppose to do when the dish isn't within range to clean it? Mine is up on my neighbors balcony and I'm NOT going to be bugging him every time it snows! (I'm shocked he even allowed me to put it up there since it's an eye sore. ) This is a pain in my ASS if you ask me. I can live with the signal dropping during heavy storms but what in Gods name would someone do if they lived in a complex and the Sat. was way on top of the roof?

    Is this a major concern?
    Can you run a power line to your dish to power a de-icer?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bravestime View Post
    Can you run a power line to your dish to power a de-icer?
    Nope. I'm screwed and right now it's an all out Blizzard in Chi-town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    Nope. I'm screwed and right now it's an all out Blizzard in Chi-town.
    Well. That does limit your options. How about a dish cover such as this.>


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    Quote Originally Posted by bravestime View Post
    Well. That does limit your options. How about a dish cover such as this.>
    I use a snow cover,,,but it sucks when the cover freezes with moisture and the snow sticks to it it doesn't slide off anymore...I've tried the other suggestions rizz offered but you do have to stay on top of it by cleaning the dish after winter...the best way to resolve this issue is to mount the dish where it's accessible. Mine is about 50 feet away from the house about 8 feet above the ground on a pole so I use a long handled windshield ice scrapper with a brush and I keep my snow shoes handy.

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    Looks like I'm going to have to buy a ladder and hope to God my neighbor doesn't see me doing this. My luck (He's gay),
    Just wear those open-back pants you've been hiding in the back of the closet when you climb up. Your neighbor probably won't complain. Plus, your heinie will turn blue, which can be a nice conversation starter at parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boblinds View Post
    Just wear those open-back pants you've been hiding in the back of the closet when you climb up. Your neighbor probably won't complain. Plus, your heinie will turn blue, which can be a nice conversation starter at parties.

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    YOu guys crack me up. Well, after 2 days of a hellish snow/ice storm, the dish only went out for a little bit and came back on. So for now, the problem had nothing to do with snow or ice on the dish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUYLONGTERM View Post
    YOu guys crack me up. Well, after 2 days of a hellish snow/ice storm, the dish only went out for a little bit and came back on. So for now, the problem had nothing to do with snow or ice on the dish.
    Maybe you're neighbor tapped into your dish....hmmmm can someone use one satellite dish for two different accounts..???

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    I had an inch of ice on my dish last weekend and no problem with reception on the non-local channels...
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