Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: San Francisco, CA
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In the last two weeks, I've been having some reception problems similar to what you've described using a older Sony SAT-100HD receiver. The only difference is that all of my channels are affected, not just locals (and I don't have the receiver hooked up to an HD-capable TV, so I don't know about the HD channels).
My other receivers, HR10-250 and H20, don't appear to be affected. Also, different from what you describe, my signal loss comes during the morning hours. I notice it between about 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM PDT. At night, I haven't had much problem and I don't know when it clears up since I'm at work during the day.
I haven't tried swapping receivers yet, so I don't know whether the problem is the receiver, the switch, the dish or the cable connecting everything. Maybe it's the morning fog and the SAT-100HD is particularly sensitive. I really don't know.
I think it's likely either the receiver or something downstream of the satellite dish though since my other boxes seem to be unaffected. That being said, if you learn of a more general problem, please let us know.