The Supertramp song lyrics "It's raining again..." pretty
much sums up the conditions outside. Luckily you are snuggled up
inside, watching a pay per view movie rented from your satellite TV
provider. Just as things are getting interesting the rain really picks
up outside and your screen turns to snow. The movie is paid for but
you are going to miss the ending. Is this really "par for the course"
with satellite TV?
By Craig Friesen
December 31, 1969
What Causes Satellite TV Interruptions?
Taking into consideration the vulnerability of satellite transmission
waves and the amazing distances they cover, the number of service
interruptions is surprisingly low. Several weather related situations
can cause satellite
reception to experience decreased quality or service
interruption altogether. Among the most common include rain, snow, and
solar flares. Heavy rain will bring about a condition called "rain
fade" and depending on the severity of the downpour, service can become
snowy or can be completely obscured. Snow and ice accumulations on or
around the satellite receiver itself can produce an increasingly fuzzy
picture. Solar flares are predominantly a seasonal problem and produce
a picture that appears increasingly pixilated and eventually breaks up
altogether. These weather interruptions are unavoidable and are not a
reflection of the quality of your satellite
. Instead they can have more to do with the
quality of the satellite TV installation and maintenance.
What Can I do to Avoid Weather Related Satellite TV Interruptions?
Avoidance of weather related interruptions of your satellite TV service
provider's signal begins with proper installation. While it is indeed
possible to accomplish the task of installing a satellite TV receiver,
it is advisable to have a professional handle your satellite
. Positioning is of utmost importance for
experiencing the best reception in all conditions. Most satellite TV
installation experts use a global positioning device to ensure that the
receiver is pointed directly at the sending satellite. The closer the
positioning of the receiver, the more dependable your service will be.
The use of double screened coaxial cable will also help to minimize the
loss of signal from receiver. In addition to proper installation,
maintenance will improve your enjoyment. Maintenance includes keeping
the receiver free from ice, snow, and debris. Removing snow and debris
includes keeping the surrounding area clear. It is important when
doing any maintenance to avoid shifting the position of the dish.
While there is nothing that can be done to avoid interruption from
solar flares, they are a relatively uncommon problem. If you give your
satellite TV system the benefits of good installation and maintenance
you are sure to enjoy it immensely.
About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.
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