I live in San Francisco, where we get almost no rain for most of the year and then get hammered in the winter months. Three years ago I got a Sony SAT-60 DirecTivo, and every winter the rain fade has gotten a little worse. This year we lost almost all of our channels even in mild rain. I checked our transponder strengths: all were in the 40-60 range. In dry weather they range from 60-80, which I understand is also a little on the low side. (This is only for the general DTV channels, I should mention. The SF local channels have never faded out at all). Our dish (the standard round dish that was used back then) is mounted on the roof, correctly aligned, and has a completely unblocked view. There aren't any multiswitches or other junctions in the path - the cables run straight from the dish into the DVR. The connections at both ends seem solid. That's where all the FAQs and manuals I can find stop being able to help me, so I turn to you, oh great community of the DirecTivo. Specifically I'm wondering: a) What should my expectations be for rain fade? I accept that some might be inevitable, but the near-total loss of all signal in light-to-moderate rain seems unacceptable. Is my experience normal? b) I'm thinking of doing some upgrades anyway, but what equipment should I prioritize on? Is this something that newer dishes are likely to fix? Or would a Tivo newer than Series 1 possibly perform better? Or are there external pieces like signal boosters that might help? c) Sometime this year I might upgrade to an HD system, and if I did so would probably get professional installation. Is there some minimum level of transponder signal I should expect after the installation that I can hold the installer to?