Hello, I recently installed a DirecTV dish and have been experiencing dropouts. The picture will freeze for a second, the audio will pop and/or stop alltogether, and 1 to 2 seconds later it will come back. Usually, when this happens, it does it a few times in a row before everything stablizes. It's quite annoying. If anyone has any ideas on what it might be, please let me know. More info: Satellite signal sits right around 85. As for the cabling, everything is RG-6, and it's running through a structured wiring system I installed when the house was built last year. There are 4 "splices" in the cable: One outside the house where the dish cable interfaces with the service cables entering the walls; one in patch panel A; one in patch panel B; and one at the outlet next to my TV. Total cable length is estimated between 70 and 90 feet. Originally, I didn't have any coax terminators, so just to get it up and running quickly I stripped back the insulation at each splice point and twisted the appropriate connections together, then held it with electrical tape. The dropouts were much more frequent then. As soon as I could, I cut off the mangled cable ends and terminated everything correctly with RG-6 terminators. The dropouts continued, though at a much less frequent rate. Last night I added an unpowered DBS satellite amplifier ($10 @ Home Depot). It doesn't seem to make any difference. I'm still getting somewhere between 10 and 20 "dropout periods" per hour, lasting up to 10 seconds each. Help! ------------------ -Ryan (http://www.ryanwright.com ) Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.