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Thanks for all the replys to my problem, not touching it tonight cause it is ****** freezing (been working out in it all day). Got another plan, next door to where I work the neighbour works for a aerial installer and I noticed the freesat logo on his van, so tomorrow I am going to knock on his door and ask him what he uses for setting up a freesat dish. And there lies the answer to my problem.

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He probably uses a compass, an inclinometer and a fancy signal meter which includes a receiver/ display.

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It can be frustrating trying to get a picture, sometimes I get it in a few seconds other times it seems to take hours. A method I employ is to set it up at home and then on site put the TV on BBC1 and then adjust the dish until I get a picture. Sometimes I try a different part of the pitch and its usually as I am carrying it across the pitch that Margaret shouts thats it, lovely picture :o

 

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Spangles, does your dish mount have a protractor scale on it?

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It would certainly help if you knew the co-ordinates for your site location. Follow these instructions:-

 

To obtain the required dish settings and line of sight from your location click on the following web site: -

www. dishpointer. com

 

In the two boxes provided, enter in your location address (or GPS co-ordinates).

 

In the other box, select required satellite e. g. 28. 2E Astra 2F, A & B. (for Freesat and Sky). Click GO.

 

On the resultant "Google" map, drag the x at the base of the little balloon to the position of your dish. (The line that appears is the direction of the satellite). Now scroll down below the map and write down the resultant Azimuth, Elevation and Skew settings.

 

Note: The Azimuth compass bearing is not really necessary when using a Signal meter.

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At least it would enable you to set the elevation to start with. You then only have to use your signal meter to set the azimuth.

 

Vin Blanc

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That one thing which has not been mentioned, the skew. This is the rotation of the LNB in its clamp. Normally you would set it so the F socket point at the ground, but tweak it using the signal meter shows maximum by undoing the clamp and turning it to find the maximum signal, then reclamping.

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Hi,

On the rare occasions we have used our sat setup ( its the suitcase £70 job ) we have used our T. V. as a signal monitor. On ours there's a signal/quality bar on i think, the setup page. Perhaps you have the same ?

bet that surprised you! Back to the books & country views ! :D

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Yep, it certainly did! :)

 

Welcome back on topic.

 

TV can be very handy once it gets too dark to admire the country views. :D

 

On an off-set dish, skew is adjusted standing with your back to the satellite looking at the dish.

 

In the UK skew is not mega critical, so if you turn the LNB clockwise so that the cables are pointing about half way between 6 and 7 o'clock it should be somewhere near.

 

Vin Blanc

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Swedish Microwave have a little piece of software that calculates azimuth, elevation and skew for any satellite. You just need to enter the co-ordinates for your location and the satellite position.

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Swedish Microwave have a little piece of software that calculates azimuth, elevation and skew for any satellite. You just need to enter the co-ordinates for your location and the satellite position.

I thought the were for heating/ cooking food !

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I thought the were for heating/ cooking food !

david

Maybe it's for picking up Hot Bird.

 

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Think of all the enjoyment you are giving all those caravanners in their nice warm caravans.

 

Having often stood in the frozen-rainy-gale blasted outdoors trying to get a signal after the dish has moved--I hope you have some success.

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Well we shall know the out come at the weekend. The Mrs brought a satlink ws-6908 and I have dropped it off to the aerial bloke next door to work he is going over it tonight and going to show me how to use it tomorrow. I am going to give it 30mins friday when we get to the new forest. If no luck look on ebay and grab yourself a bargin :D .

Will update on friday/saturday

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Swedish Microwave have a little piece of software that calculates azimuth, elevation and skew for any satellite. You just need to enter the co-ordinates for your location and the satellite position.

 

 

 

 

www. dishpointer. com enter location and satellite. Not only skew but also the ability to calculate height clearance of nearby obstructions.

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I did however, manage to get the spec for the Arcon Sweety 43cm and the gain (Gewinn) figure is quoted as

33. 0 dB.

 

Do you know of any 43cm off-set dishes with which we might make a comparison? I would be very curious to know the answer.

 

 

Vin Blanc

 

 

 

Difficult to get any info about gain but I did find these.

 

Raven 43cm "Sky" dish is listed as 32. 3dBi and the 60cm at 35. 2dBi

 

Triax dishes 54 = 34. 3 64 = 35. 8 78 = 37. 1

 

Wavefield 55 cm = 35. 95dBi

 

The sizes quote are nominal and not the actual dish measurement which makes comparisons even more difficult.

 

It seems therefore that the 43cm Arcon Sweety has a better gain than the Zone 1 Sky 43 cm but considerably less than the Triax 54 cm dish which size it is often rated better.

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Have not bothered with the sat sav, our pitch is right in the corner surrounded by trees.

On the good side just plugged the tv into the van aerial and all channels first time

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