I'm sure many of you are familiar with setting up a dish, but for others that are not, or are considering a purchase, I'd like to show the steps we do to get our TV set up. We use Direct TV.
I unhook the Direct TV box from the installed in-motion dish and hook an external cable to it and run it outside to a clear position.
I get the coordinates for pointing the dish from the menu setup, where I enter the zip code of my location. Sorry for the bad picture, but you can see the angle and compass heading in the right top corner.
Outside I set up the tripod. It is critical that it is set level.
In the center pipe of my tripod is a level bubble so I can easily get everything level.
Then I install the dish and the LNB arm.
I set the dish to the correct angle by a little scale on the side, in this case it's 38 degrees.
I use an Align-a-Site to get the right compass setting (Azimuth) and I can see through it to see exactly what the dish sees. I adjust the dish to ensure I have the dish pointed in the right direction and then check to see that I have a clear sight through any trees.
After a quick hook up of the cable to the dish, I have Marti go to check the signal strength on the TV.
It gives both a visual and audible reading to tune the dish for the strongest signal. I tweak the dish with tiny movements until we lock on to the strongest signal.
Then I lock all the adjustment settings into the portable dish with my trusty wrench.
Lastly, I hang a weight, here I use a gallon of windshield washer fluid, so the dish won't blow over in the wind.
Then, it's kick back and enjoy our favorite shows.
All in all, setup takes about 15 minutes. It can be done without an Align-a-Site, but it sure helps.
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