Rainy season is upon us and if you have DSTV as your source of entertainment i’m sure you can sympathize with me how much of a train smash it is when it’s pouring outside and you can’t go out, then your only source of indoor entertainment tells you it has no signal.
So yes rain affects your reception, but not in the way you might suggest. Enough of the times I have seen plastic bottles and plastic bags used to shield the receiver (LNB) from the elements. That’s not really helping anything at all, might actually be worsening the situation. Here is how.
The receiver on your satellite dish gets its signal from a satellite transceiver orbiting in space. When it rains, the clouds obstruct the path of the signal between your receiver and the source of the signal. However the receiver itself (LNB) was designed to work outdoors and therefore it can easily handle even the heaviest of downpours without the aid of protective shields placed on them.
In actual fact placing foreign objects on your LNB will obstruct the signal path affecting your signal reception even more by blocking out the little signal that had managed to penetrate the blanket of clouds. So if you lose picture because of some rain it’s best to wait it out. If you have a PVR or an Explora this gives you an opportunity to watch those saved recordings.
If you feel the decoder is acting up try a soft reset. Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds and wait for it to boot up.