Friday, 28 March 2008
I woke up this morning, put on the coffee to get ready for the first round of conference calls, and then went to switch on the TV to catch up on the news. Both DirecTV satellite receivers in the house indicated they were not receiving a signal. I checked the signal meters on both, and sure enough, zero signal received.

After a reset of the boxes, I looked outside and realized a heavy, wet, slushy snow was falling. I went outside briefly and saw a small amount of wet snow on the dish up on the roof, but it didn't look like much. Without more time to look, I went inside and started making this morning's phone calls.

All morning the signal was out on the boxes. I decided to risk life and limb and climbed out on the roof. I *strongly* suggest you never do this. After my experience of coming "this close" to sliding off (my boot and the broom handle getting wedged in the gutter stopped my slow but steady, gravity-driven slide), I was able to reach over with the broom and clean off the dish and the LNB horn. Then I slid, on my backside, across the roof back to the window with the assistance of the broom handle and the gutters and shutters.

That was a dumb move on my part. I won't be doing that again, it was just plain stupid.

I do have the TV signal back. Interesting that a small amount of slush can kill a signal, yet snow that's not as wet can accumulate in droves and not matter. I think I had this happen once over several years with Dish Network's equipment, and I only recently switched to DirecTV so the equipment on the roof is new. Not sure if bands or frequencies in use are different and that's the effect I was experiencing, or if the unusually slushy snow is the real culprit. Or both.

At any rate, it should go without saying, but I ignored common sense for a few minutes this morning - Please don't crawl out on a snowy roof. :)



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Sunday, 30 March 2008 03:13:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I want to say please don't do that agian, But I know you wont. =)

Glad to hear your ok Greg.

Dave
Dave
Monday, 31 March 2008 20:19:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Holy cats, man! Proceed with caution when Old Man Winter doesn't want to give up the ghost (and would rather make a ghost of you)!

As a youngster in Chicagoland, I remember piling up giant mounds of snow and jumping off my friend Mike's roof into them; I have no idea how none of us ever wound up with broken bones -- or necks! (Especially when his mom caught us!)
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