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Petee_C 2011-05-26 10:28 AM

Rain or Snow Fade - Please read post 1 first.
Edit by 57:

For those having reception issues, check your own weather conditions, but also check the weather radar for Toronto to ensure the issue is not with the uplink in Toronto. If the uplink is down, some, but usually not all channels are affected on Shaw Direct:

Radar Links:

Anyone getting rain fade during the past week or so? We've had some pretty good rain activity in SW Ontario. I've been getting a bit of rainfade on some of the HD channels. To the point that the 630 told me that I had to reauthorize it. Problem went away after the rain let up.

I just did a relocate last year to a 6x6 post I cemented 4' into the ground. I really hope that I don't need another relocate.

I guess HD has moved to both F1 and F2 birds? I get a slightly better signal on one bird than the other.... In clear weather, my Sig strength is in the high 80's - low 90's and the quality is in the 7-10range.....


sawguyg 2011-05-26 07:02 PM

Same In Northeast B.C.
Have lost signal a couple of times but was pouring at the time. One time there was a pretty good electrical storm in the general direction my dish points. Lightening seems to bother it more then just rain unless it's really heavy.

ps: my buddy has Bell lost it the same time

smp01 2011-05-27 09:36 AM

I was at a friends house last weekend who has Bell EV. Moderate rain seemed to wipe out the signal. I was surprised, because it was steady but not that hard. It was a music station if that makes any difference

waterug 2011-05-27 04:57 PM

Keep in mind, that "moderate rain" where you are may not be the case in Mississauga where Bell's satellites are. My signal will quite often go out and there are no weather-related issues around here, but in about an hour or two, there will be when we get the storm Mississauga had. Whenever Bell's signal goes out, we know there's a storm coming our way!

57 2011-05-27 05:09 PM

For those on BTV, please see the following thread on BTV rain outages. This is after all an SD thread and SD issues are slightly, but not completely, different.

If light rain causes you problems, the dish is not properly aligned, or it's not large enough for your location, or the outage is at the uplink - all discussed in the link.

Petee_C 2011-05-31 01:59 PM

different type of rain fade - warping post.
turns out, my dish needed tweaking.

Yesterday, via swingplayer, I checked my signal strength quality on 2 different F1 channels

ch 266 (golfHD) strength 62, 2.3dB
ch 417 (Sportsnet Ontario) 68, 7.5

tweaked the dish when I got home, got 90, 9dB on channel 266 today with clear skies. F2 channels are all still good.

Guess my 6x6" post is warping due to all the rain. The warp in the post had turned the dish about 1-2 degrees to the East. I just tweaked it a bit to the west, and it's good now.


a1canuck 2011-06-01 04:55 AM


Guess my 6x6" post is warping due to all the rain.

6x6 posts warp twice a year .... great for installers!!!:)

mr weather 2011-06-01 09:35 AM

Yeah, that's why metal posts are preferred. :)

Petee_C 2011-06-01 11:39 AM

6x6" post

- yeah, I think I tweaked it once last fall too. I should really cap it. That might help with the warping, the endgrain is up, and exposed to the weather at the moment.

Anyways, got good numbers last night on ch 266. 90+ strength 9+dB for quality.

I found the perfect tool for tweaking the dish. I take my slingplayer and have it stream to my iPhone..... there's a 2 second lag between the tweak, and registering on the phone, but it's great not having to have kids yell out the window.....


NovaMan 2012-07-23 10:20 PM

9:19 pm Eastern..HD gone
Why are HD channels gone now? Weather in Ontario or satellite problems?

57 2012-07-23 10:25 PM

Thunderstorms just rolled through Toronto

Shaw Direct usually doesn't have as many issues as Bell. If the signal was weak perhaps you need to re-aim your dish. Here's the BTV thread just for reference:

junknspam3 2012-07-23 10:26 PM

Going in and out for me too. Standard def too.

GaryE 2012-07-23 10:34 PM

They all seem to be back except for the one HD channel I was watching... The Score HD... blah.

Update... NM... did a front panel reset and The Score HD is back.

NovaMan 2012-07-24 10:37 AM

It happens so rarely for me that I am surprised when the HD goes. I posted too quickly, however, the pic was back shortly after my post. My signal is strong 99% of the time. We are getting heavy rain here now and I am watching HD programing.
(Last night the stars were out here when we lost the signal!)

cableredneck 2012-07-24 12:54 PM

We lost our signal for a few minutes last night (July 23rd) during some thunder and lightning. This seems to happen whenever there is a thunderstorm.

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