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We have bought a satellite dish kit 65c. m dish and apparently everything you need for all your programmes, wellllll. ... all we have so far is foreign channels, its supposed to be the easiest thing to set up, welllllllll. .. it aint, anyone any tips, we have the compass thinghy and find the direction,, English channels?..nope !...anyone help, going to france at the weekend!!

Thanks Dode.

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You will find your English channels BBC, ITV etc. on the Astra 2E satellite at 28. 2 East of South. The compass co-ordinates to locate this satellite (aim your dish) differ according to your location at the time.

 

To aim the dish at Astra 2E first find the required co-ordinates for your location on www. dishpointer. com

 

Assuming that the dish mounting bracket is as vertical as possible, tilt the dish until the required degree of elevation is indicated on the elevation scale often stamped on the side of the dish mounting bracket. Tighten the elevation clamping screws. If there are no scale markings on the mounting bracket, provisionally set the dish tilted just slightly back from vertical.

 

Ensuring that the receiver is switched off, connect the Signal meter in line between the receiver and the LNB. Preferably at the LNB end so that the signal can be heard whilst adjusting the dish.

 

Point the dish roughly half way between east and south. (SE, approx. 135˚ magnetic). Now switch on the receiver and TV.

 

The meter may or may not start to squeal immediately.

If it does - adjust the squeal down to its lowest possible volume level but just still audible.

 

If it doesn't - swing the dish very slowly a little further towards south until it does.

 

Adjust the squeal down to its lowest audible level and very slowly continue to swing the dish laterally towards south about an inch at a time pausing for a few seconds before moving again.

 

Astra 2E should be the first satellite that you start to pick up and the squeal should rise rapidly in volume as you move the dish till it reaches a peak.

With the squeal at its loudest, stop and lock down the lateral (Azimuth) dish setting and reduce the volume of the squeal back to “just audible”.

Slacken the elevation lock again and fine tune the elevation setting by gently tilting the dish backward or forward until the squeal again reaches its peak. Lock off the elevation.

When adjusting the elevation, be aware that wherever you stop tilting the dish, it will drop just another fraction under its own weight so try to allow for this.

Go check your signal strength and quality readings on the TV (note; the “quality” reading is the most important one and anything over 60% is acceptable). Hopefully, pour yourself a large G & T to celebrate your success!

Always bear in mind that the larger the dish, the more accurate and diligent you need to be. When fine tuning for the ultimate reading always move the dish just a tiny fraction at a time and pause for a few seconds to give your “Digibox” (receiver) time to adjust to the new setting.

It’s always much easier if you can see the TV screen whilst fine-tuning. If you can’t, - get someone to sit in front of the TV to yell “better” or “worse” according to the strength and quality readings.

Vin Blanc

Edited by Vin Blanc

It is sometimes better to say nothing and be thought a fool, than to speak out and have it proven!

Frontera 3. 2L V6 4x4 tugging Compass Magnum Classic 540 (quite easily!)

Tripod mounted 57cm "Arcon Multi" prime focus dish - Humax Foxsat HD Recorder.

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thankyou for the information, double dutch to me, so I will be the bod sat infront of screen yelling better or worse. .lol. ..oh happy times, seriously thanks a lot.

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all we have so far is foreign channels, its supposed to be the easiest thing to set up, welllllllll. .. it aint, anyone any tips,

 

Would those "damned foreigners" have been speaking French, German or Dutch by any chance?

 

If so, it probably means that you had located Astra 1 at 19. 2 East which is very close to Astra 2 at 28. 2 East.

 

It means that your dish was tilted a tiny bit too low and panned a bit too far towards south.

 

Don't give up, try setting it up at home before you go to France, it's rather like aiming a rifle except that you can't see the target.

 

Vin Blanc

It is sometimes better to say nothing and be thought a fool, than to speak out and have it proven!

Frontera 3. 2L V6 4x4 tugging Compass Magnum Classic 540 (quite easily!)

Tripod mounted 57cm "Arcon Multi" prime focus dish - Humax Foxsat HD Recorder.

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