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# 80889 5-Apr-2011 23:14
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New problem with the sun causing people to lose their sky signal:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716942

One of the solutions is to move the satellite dish 2 degrees. Is this solution being done for new installs? 

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  # 455729 5-Apr-2011 23:29
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Old problem
the sun has been around for a while ;-)

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  # 455749 6-Apr-2011 03:17
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What a terrible article...making like this is a new problem or really a problem at all, i've had Sky Digital for almost a decade and only remember this happening perhaps twice and havnt had it happen this month at all.

 
 
 
 


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  # 455751 6-Apr-2011 06:30
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You are right, what a terrible article. I really like the way pay TV is only affected. I had better go and get a freeview sat installation done quick smart as it is not affected. ;-)




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  # 456109 6-Apr-2011 21:20
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One of the solutions is to move the satellite dish 2 degrees. Is this solution being done for new installs?


I read that as being only half of the solution, ie. they would have to move all subscribers to another sat (at 158 degrees?) tnen adjust the dishes, or at least for the old installs where the dual lnb hadn't been installed.

Those dual throat lnbs were supposed to be for pointing to 2 dishes?

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  # 456230 7-Apr-2011 09:04
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So much misinformation in that article. What is a summer or winter equinox?

I'm no expert, but switching satellites/moving the dish 2 degrees is only a temporary fix, isn't it? Wouldn't that other satellite also be affected, but at a different time?

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  # 456235 7-Apr-2011 09:11
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A bigger problem is that the very common dual lnb's are failing.

If only one of the 2 lnbs inside that dual lnb housing fails, then yes you could move the dish and use the other one. Or replace the lnb.

Love bits like "Free-to-air networks also use satellites, but their programmes are fed to viewers' television sets through UHF or VHF antennas, which are not affected by solar interference". That's some good sht right there.

I hadn't thougth about it, but yeah if the sun is right behing the satellite dish then that might be an issue. Moving temporarily to another satellite would be the only solution for the sun alignment issue. The spacing on the dual lnb is 4 degrees. They could switch to C1 but SKY announced (as reported by some users here) that they weren't going to bother with the plan to use Optus C1 anymore.

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  # 456861 8-Apr-2011 21:19
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Jaxson: 

Love bits like "Free-to-air networks also use satellites, but their programmes are fed to viewers' television sets through UHF or VHF antennas, which are not affected by solar interference". That's some good sht right there.


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