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Old 05-01-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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I had Wineguard replace my AS2003 satellite system that kept failing and they discontinued with their new low profile dome system. So far its harder to get good gain numbers on the transponders and when it rains and the dome gets wet we loose the signal. Does anyone know if that spray for domes really works for rain conditions? Its a little 6 oz can at camping world for $24 and the direction tell you to apply it twice and that it may have to be resprayed after washing the dome.
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I had Wineguard replace my AS2003 satellite system that kept failing and they discontinued with their new low profile dome system. So far its harder to get good gain numbers on the transponders and when it rains and the dome gets wet we loose the signal. Does anyone know if that spray for domes really works for rain conditions? Its a little 6 oz can at camping world for $24 and the direction tell you to apply it twice and that it may have to be resprayed after washing the dome.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:37 PM   #3
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You will see little or no difference between a sprayed and non-sprayed dome.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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Bill:

Since the domed antennas have a much smaller dish than the open roof types won't the domes loose the signal before an open dishes??

All thing being equal, the signal strength is lower with a dome than an open dish. Correct???

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Old 05-01-2008, 03:33 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Bill:

Since the domed antennas have a much smaller dish than the open roof types won't the domes loose the signal before an open dishes??

All thing being equal, the signal strength is lower with a dome than an open dish. Correct???

-Tom </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Absolutely! Hoevever, in addition to this, the open face dishes can have water on them and still reflect the signal to the LNB whereas a dome covered in water will block the signal before it reaches the LNB.
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If our stay is to be more than 24 hours I set up my portable dish instead of the dome for all of the reasons in the previous posts.
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I've found that Rain-ex (auto windshield treatment) on the dome helps some, in a "sprinkle". Nothing helps if it really rains.
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Be careful when using Rain-X. If you read the information on the bottle you will see that it is not recommended for use on plastic surfaces. Depending upon the dome, Rain-X can ruin the smooth surface.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:50 AM   #9
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We have a Winegard Movin' View dome and have been very happy with it in the year+ that we've had it.

I don't know what kind of signal strength it gets...I just push a button and it finds the signal, so haven't ever bothered to go into the menu to find out what the signal strength is.

And we haven't had any problems with rain on the dome (we do use the same stuff on the dome that we use on the gelcoat sides of our rig...whether it really helps or not, I don't know, but it makes us feel good ). It will loose the signal when a big storm comes between it and the satellite, but that happened with our open faced dome, too.
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I also have a movinview and rain fade hasnt been an out of the ordinary issue so far in 2 years.Just like my house sat antenna , a big storm will make it fade for a little while,but I have always assumed this is normal and I dont worry about it.
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I'll ditto both Linda H & Frankie
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We also have the Movin view Stationary version. We have been really happy with it's performance. Previously we had the undomed versionson different MHs and we are glad to have domed version in some of the high winds we have been in.

I only wonder if the Movin View will become obsolete after the switch to more satelittes for HD.
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There is no reason to believe that your dome will become obsolete unless you want to be able to get the HDTV programming from DirecTV in your coach. These new satellites are already up there and sending programming so that is not the issue. The problem is that the 2 new satellites broadcast on the KA band and all the domes uses KU band LNB's. OK you say, let's just swap it out with a KA band LNB! Not so fast, the main DTV programming still comes from the 101 (KU band) satellite. Dish Network still uses only KU band satellites so the domes continue to work there with very little issue.
Again, this is only an issue for those wanting satellite HDTV programming.
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We have the Kingdome with a hard-wired remote to "tune" the dish when we get parked. We'll loose the signal in a hard rain but it recovers fairly quickly. I feel the "rain fade" is more due to the heavy cloud cover, that passes fairly quickly, rather than rain water on the dome. It would seem that the water would adhere for a longer period of time than what we experience as "rain fade"????
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