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post #1 of 5 Old 02-06-2013, 09:41 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum and i am from India.

It has been 6 years since Digital Tv has been made compulsory in my city,Mumbai.

Mumbai is known for torrential dense rains ranging in about 125 inches of rain annually.

every monsoon,even medium intensity rain shows up no signal on the STB .

6 years and 6 Digital TV operators and none have fixed this issue as of yet.

I just wanted to know if a signal booster would be any help to this situation?a signal booster close to antenna?The cable running from the antenna to my STB is around 50 mtrs.I stay on 3rd storey of a 12 floored building and hence the antenna can only be fixed on the terrace.

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Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum and i am from India.

It has been 6 years since Digital Tv has been made compulsory in my city,Mumbai.

Mumbai is known for torrential dense rains ranging in about 125 inches of rain annually.

every monsoon,even medium intensity rain shows up no signal on the STB .

6 years and 6 Digital TV operators and none have fixed this issue as of yet.

I just wanted to know if a signal booster would be any help to this situation?a signal booster close to antenna?The cable running from the antenna to my STB is around 50 mtrs.I stay on 3rd storey of a 12 floored building and hence the antenna can only be fixed on the terrace.

Regards.

Hi MP,

Welcome to AVS! Probably the wrong subforum for your question, but hopefully someone can definitively answer your question here.

I have had Satellite TV for close to 10 years now, and have been through my share of hurricanes, experiencing the same signal dropouts. You may have better luck finding a quicker answer at DBSTalk.com. Anyway, potential for signal loss during rain is minimized by increasing the size of the dish, proper installation (alignment, peaking, etc.) and use of high quality coax to avoid signal attenuation with long cable runs. Given how close buildings could be in Mumbai, is your dish getting an unobstructed view of the sky?

Not sure how much a signal booster by itself would help, if during the rain your dish has poor visibility due to swinging trees or other such obstacles blocking the view of the dish. Hate to generalize based on my experience from my time back in India, but it could be possible that your sat operators/installers might be skimping out by using smaller dish than appropriate, and lower quality cabling.
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Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum and i am from India.

It has been 6 years since Digital Tv has been made compulsory in my city,Mumbai.

Mumbai is known for torrential dense rains ranging in about 125 inches of rain annually.

every monsoon,even medium intensity rain shows up no signal on the STB .

6 years and 6 Digital TV operators and none have fixed this issue as of yet.

I just wanted to know if a signal booster would be any help to this situation?a signal booster close to antenna?The cable running from the antenna to my STB is around 50 mtrs.I stay on 3rd storey of a 12 floored building and hence the antenna can only be fixed on the terrace.

Regards.

Hi MP,

Welcome to AVS! Probably the wrong subforum for your question, but hopefully someone can definitively answer your question here.

I have had Satellite TV for close to 10 years now, and have been through my share of hurricanes, experiencing the same signal dropouts. You may have better luck finding a quicker answer at DBSTalk.com. Anyway, potential for signal loss during rain is minimized by increasing the size of the dish, proper installation (alignment, peaking, etc.) and use of high quality coax to avoid signal attenuation with long cable runs. Given how close buildings could be in Mumbai, is your dish getting an unobstructed view of the sky?

Not sure how much a signal booster by itself would help, if during the rain your dish has poor visibility due to swinging trees or other such obstacles blocking the view of the dish. Hate to generalize based on my experience from my time back in India, but it could be possible that your sat operators/installers might be skimping out by using smaller dish than appropriate, and lower quality cabling.


In the end, the people for whom the satellite link must work rain or shine use larger antennas.

Booster amps are for overcoming signal loss in long coax runs. They can't pull something out of the antenna that the LNA can't process.
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the dish has a diameter of barely 1 metre.No tree obstruction since its at the top of 12 storeyed building the dish is perfectly facing the sky,do not know much about the accurate coordinates though.Plus i realised that there are 3 outputs given to single dish ie a single dish has been shared by 2 2 other tvs.Is that the reason?
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I think it is just something you have to live with when using a small dish. I had satellite TV for about 15 years, using quality cables, properly alligned, with no obstructions. When it rained hard, or even got real cloudy/stormy with no rain, signal was lost.
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