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Old 08-26-2009, 07:25 AM
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Is satellite tv (Dish or Direct TV) reliable relative to signal`strength and\or continuity in the snow areas of Lake Michigan along the Lakeshore? Particularly Holland.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:33 AM
Location: West Michigan
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In a word - yes. The biggest factor is the quality of installation, not the snow. I've had both Direct Tv and Dish further North and in heavier snow than Holland will get. (Far Northern Maine, as well as in the Ludington Area)
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:50 AM
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As Bydand said, it is all in the installation. You should not let your "professional" installer leave without peaking the signal strength on all satellites. That is the best defense agains rain and snow fade. You can also go with a larger dish which will gather more signal. But no matter what system you choose or how good the install is, you will still have drop outs. Compared to my local cable, my satellite is much more reliable than the local wired delivery system.

For more information check out dbsforums.com and satelliteguys.us

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Old 08-28-2009, 09:44 AM
Location: West Michigan
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I live in Zeeland and we get more snow than Holland on average because the Dunes put pressure on the lake effect clouds keeping them from dumping as much snow on the immediate lake shore. I had my dish installed on my garage within reach of me standing on the ground with a broom in my hand reaching up. Its roughly 9-10 ft. off the ground. There is only a handful of times in the winter I have to go out there and spend 30 seconds brushing the snow off the dish. I spray my dish with Pam cooking spray in the middle of summer on a hot day. This helps very much. It takes a good 5+ inches of snow on the dish before it loses signal, so you don't have to worry about every time you get a couple of inches of snow that you will lose signal. Even ice build up does not prevent signal. As long as temps are above 15 degrees the snow melts off the dish quickly. Its onlt when the temps are below 15 degrees and we get a ton of snow that I notice I have to brush it off.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:53 AM
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I live in SD and I get directv signal year round, plus they have a great dvr and hundreds of channels.
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