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Markymark4,289 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Doing better than me, I've lost everything satellite TV wise due to the thunderstorms and downpours.
But yes, I was wondering if there was any real reason why normally it only affects certain channels and not others...


There are several satellites at the same orbital position that serve Sky/Freesat, and the footprints of the various
transponders do vary in strength as seen from the UK, so in a situation where rain is attenuating the downlink, some will fall over the 'digital cliff' before others
Inspector Sands10,439 posts since 25 Aug 2004
If some channels have gone and others haven't it could be that it's the dishes at some of the uplink sites that are being affected by rainfade not your dish. For example, there's a big storm over Sky's uplink site but not the BBC's or Arqiva's or Globecasts etc

That said, they will have backup or alternative sites to move services to when it happens, though depending on how it's managed there could be a gap in service to switches over
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 23 July 2013 11:52am
bilky asko4,479 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I thought the issue was the rain attenuating/reflecting away the signal before it gets to the LNB?

If you need to put a box on the LNB that, to me, would raise questions about the quality of the installation.

My experience would seem to be in accordance with that - the signal often goes before any rain has reached the ground - it goes before a particularly heavy downpour for me, usually.
Andrew Wood2,946 posts since 30 Mar 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I thought the issue was the rain attenuating/reflecting away the signal before it gets to the LNB?

If you need to put a box on the LNB that, to me, would raise questions about the quality of the installation.

My experience would seem to be in accordance with that - the signal often goes before any rain has reached the ground - it goes before a particularly heavy downpour for me, usually.


Exactly that was happening for me earlier today.