2008-04-26, 06:16 PM
Hi, I have not had satellite for a while. I was wondering I live in Winnipeg Manitoba is satellite go down in every storm like rain or snow. and does it go down everytime. as when i lived outside the city it went down. so I was wondering would it go down as much in the city. thankyou
2008-04-26, 06:33 PM
Electrical storms, heavy rainfall/snow are the main culprits. If it does "go down" it's for a very short period of time and it doesn't happen every time there is a weather disturbance. Cable is also known to be affected but not as often. When cable does go off it's usually longer than satellite in returning to full service. With regard to satellite, it depends which provider you have. ExpressVu, for example, is affected by storms in the Toronto area so you could have very good weather in Winnipeg and not understand why the signal has gone. Finally, depending on the source of the signal (Atlanta for example) there could be a storm there and affect your reception at home. In short, no one service is exempt from the vagaries of the weather. Hope this helps.
In my experience with Star Choice, down time rarely occurs. As mentioned above, electrical/extreme weather do cause outages. I find that heavy rain is more likely to cause a problem than heavy snow. In the past 11 months, I have lost my signal 4 times. Three times were during electrical storm, the other was during really bad freezing rain.
A properly peaked dish makes all the difference.
2008-04-27, 12:19 AM
EV goes down more easily that *C due to the smaller dish and type of signal. That can be improved by using a larger dish. EV will go down briefly with heavy thunderstorms. How often depends on the season and year. It will also go down with wet snow or ice that sticks to the dish. In my experience, that is not often but it can be lengthy unless the dish is accessible. Clearing the snow with a broom usually works. Ice is a little more difficult but auto windshield spray deicer will work.