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Tuesday, 22 March 2016


The rains are back and many subscribers are beginning to suffer from occasional loss of signal from their satellite dish. Some services like DStv, MyTV and others are usually prone to weather interferences like rain or windstorm. This is because such satellite TV signals are transmitted through the KU-Band which naturally has weak weather-proof capabilities. However, apart from natural rain interferences lies the common problem of satellite dish installation disruptors. This is seen when your decoder losses signal after a heavy wind or rainfall. This kind of problems have made most subscribers pay through their noses to have them fixed while some have packed up their DStv and other satellite systems out of frustration.
Today, I shall tell you how best to beat the stubborn bad weather or rain, maintain steady satellite decoder and TV signals and keep the installers away from your doorstep. If you are planning to purchase a new satellite decoder system or already have one, this trick will be of great help towards making you enjoy your satellite TV services through steady decoder signals.

Reconsider the Installed Location of the Satellite Dish

There is need to re-access the location of your previously-installed satellite dish or even a newly-purchased dish. Depending on the location of your home or office, consider the usual direction of airflow as well as the possible place to locate satellite signal. Ensure that your dish is installed where it would not experience the direct impact of the blowing wind or rain drops.
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The direct slap of the wind or clashes of the raindrops gradually sags or weighs down on the nuts, screws and bolts holding the dish in place. This leads to periodic loss of signal irrespective of how tightly it was installed. Secondly, the splashing effect of the raindrops increases the cracking effect on the images on the screen.

Engage a Qualified Installer

Another major factor that ensures strong and lasting installation is your ability to engage a qualified technician or installer. In my previous post, I explained in details how to find the perfect and competent satellite TV installer or technician for your installation needs. A reliable installer relates to a quality job and in turn, a long-lasting installation.

Use Well-Sized F-Connectors for the Satellite Installation

F-connectors are small screw-like round bolts used in joining wires to devices like the decoder and the dish LNB. the effectiveness of your signal depends on how appropriate and well-sized the F-connectors are. Tell your installer to show you how the F-connectors look like and then ensure that the appropriate ones are being used. Some crafty installers might use loose or rusted F-connectors and then affix them with cello tapes thereby hiding the ugliness of their DStv and other satellite installation works.
Avoid Passing your connection cables through sharp metallic objects or security barb wires
One thing that damages the satellite components and disrupt your signal is the lightning. Lightning penetrates the system mostly through faulty LNBs and connection cables passed through sharp metal objects. These metal objects pierce the wires through which lightning current leak into the satellite TV system and leads to over-voltage. When this happens, one could loose the entire decoder and dish system or if lucky, could only disrupt your signal for a reasonable length of time.
Generally, every qualified installer knows how to guard against any possible danger to your satellite decoder and TV system. However, your knowledge of how to maintain a perfect DStv and other satellite decoder signals during the rains would ensure that no installer takes advantage of your ignorance. It would also enable you to take well-informed decisions whenever any challenges are being faced. Feel free to share this post and comment for a more wholistic interactivity and share of more ideas.

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