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A good way to keep snow off satellite?

by MrTechGuru93 / November 10, 2011 10:06 AM PST

Hello. I was wondering, Is there is a good way to keep snow from accumulating on a satellite dish?

Thanks in advance.

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A snowy satelltte dish
by johncihs / November 11, 2011 8:41 PM PST

I have had satellite TV for years. To prevent snow and ice from accumulating on the dish, I spray the dish's surface with PAM. It does a very good job in keeping the the dish relatively clear. Plus it is easy to clear any snow or ice that may accumulate.

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Thanks and a question about spraying the LNB...
by MrTechGuru93 / November 12, 2011 10:38 AM PST
In reply to: A snowy satelltte dish

Thank you, I will be trying this. One more thing though, do I need to spray the LNB to keep snow & ice off it, or do I leave it alone?

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Spraying satellite dish with PAM
by johncihs / November 12, 2011 9:00 PM PST

I have never tried spraying the LMB with PAM. I can't recall snow accumulation on it to the point of effecting reception. I may have to give it a try this winter

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by MrTechGuru93 / November 13, 2011 6:23 AM PST

Thanks for the advice! Cool

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Spraying LNB?
by DouginSC / November 13, 2011 10:53 AM PST
Since the LNB does not point "up" into falling snow or ice it is likely to NOT need cleaning. Also, the LNB receives a focused beam from the satellite (bounced back from the parabolic dish) so spraying it might make that signal fuzzy (imagine spraying a chemical on your glasses). ...I am no expert here but it is something to consider.

One other thing: the dish and the LNBs must maintain critical alignment to the satellite in order to get a proper signal from all the satellites. be gentle!

Actually, I hope someone here will respond who has used one of those strap-on dish heaters. ...on their dish, that is Happy For those of us who, like the thread starter, have an inaccessible dish up on the roof climbing up to clean the dish in a snowstorm is just not practical.
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Easy- use a portable hand held snow/leaf blower
by Pepe7 / November 11, 2011 12:14 AM PST

Provided it's not frozen/stuck on the parabolic dish, that's how my friends in cold climates deal with their snowy predicaments on the rooftop dish ;).

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Use a BB Gun
by runningfish09 / November 11, 2011 9:08 AM PST

When we used to have a Dish we would keep a small kids pump BB gun by the back door to shoot off the snow, it usually worked pretty well after you had the aim down (plus helped to keep the mice population down lol). We did not have the option of mounting it anywhere but on the second story roof due to trees and small property so this seemed the best solution. We would also use cooking spray at the start of winter and that would help for the first few snowfalls. The last option I will leave you with is there are some dish covers that are made specifically for this purpose, they will allow the signal through and keep the snow off. I have never used one so I can not attest to how well they work but it may be something to look into.

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Good suggestion
by Dan Filice / November 11, 2011 2:25 PM PST
In reply to: Use a BB Gun

I was going to suggest tying the mother-in-law to the dish so her hot air would melt the snow Happy

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snow off satellite
by barbiee65 / December 13, 2015 12:55 PM PST

We take a broom and screw it on to our paint pole handle that extends out to 10 ft. Reach up and sweep it off. Or we wire and umbrella over the top. That has worked great for us.

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by James Denison / December 13, 2015 1:25 PM PST

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Link it to Speakeasy.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / December 13, 2015 1:38 PM PST
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Enough hot air there to keep a block snow free. Devil

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Heat on a dish
by nagchunn / December 23, 2015 8:27 AM PST

I am not sure about the Pam, but was wondering about putting heat tape all around the edge of the dish? Does anyone see a problem doing this?

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Dish cover
by Groovygoay68 / October 15, 2016 11:53 AM PDT
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