7 Tips for Aligning Satellite Dishes or Antenna Properly

Friday, October 16, 2015, AM | 3 Comments

Setting up and aligning a satellite dish antenna on your own isn’t that difficult as it has been discussed. But along with it being a piece of cake, there are a few tips and suggestions that need to be taken into consideration, before you take matters into your own hands.

There are more than a hundred DIY procedures and installation techniques, however the tiniest of mishaps and wrong judgments can lead to a faulty set up and interrupted television viewing experience.

7 Tips for Aligning Satellite Dishes or Antenna Properly

  1. Always check for the LNB and it’s working status. LNB is known as the Low Noise Block, it is a device placed ahead of the satellite dish, that helps in receiving low level microwave signals from the satellite, amplifying it, changing the signals to low frequency allowing it to transmit to the cable in your home.

    To check the originality of the LNB, check the DC meter at the power supply. Faults in LNB could be caused due to mutilated F type connections.

    Always keep in mind that, the F type pin in the centre should jut out to about 2mm. When adjusting and aligning the satellite dish be sure to point the LNB towards the sky, it will soon begin to correspond to the meter reading based on the noise temperature, which should read low.

  2. When setting up the antenna, one must first try and align the azimuth first before elevating it. An azimuth is the direction which is measured horizontally. It tells you in which direction your dish must point in, to the right or to the left.

    As for your elevation, it indicates how far up into the sky the dish needs to be adjusted and pointed for clear signals. Your satellite dish must be elevated at an angle pointing just above the horizon.

  3. The LO frequency is know as the Local Oscillator frequency. It is essential to know if the satellite is receiving the right kind of LO frequency, as the LNB allows reception from various other satellite broadcasts.

    The LO frequency and LNB can be faulty and incorrect due to the tuning being misaligned, also having the LNB loosely plugged.

  4. The signal level and quality on the satellite receiver is an integral part of television viewing. To ensure uninterrupted viewing of channels, your signal strength must be very high. Low signal strength hampers the quality of display along with sound and dissatisfies expectations.

  5. A signal strength meter allows accurate signal receiving. These meters act as tools for those wishing to install satellite dishes on their own. They have low noise characteristic; it changes the pitch along with the signal strength.

  6. If you don’t wish to spend your bucks on a signal strength meter, invest in a satellite receiver that has an inbuilt strength meter. This characteristic allows the signal received to be higher in frequency and displays good quality picture and sound. Without having to install and set up a whole new device.

  7. A transponder helps gather signals that range over the average frequency and retransmits it on another set of frequencies connected to receivers on Earth. Without hampering the content of the already received signals.

Once these tips have been kept in regard, aligning the satellite dish or antenna is as easy as switching the channels to your television. You can choose to purchase a satellite dish for sale with less complications while installing the entire package. This with all your signal strengthening meters will assure you a comfortable, uninterrupted service of televising viewing, along with the best sound and picture quality at its highest.

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  1. 3 Responses to “7 Tips for Aligning Satellite Dishes or Antenna Properly”

  2. By larissa on Jul 18, 2016, 2:23 pm | Reply

    These are awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing, it really is quite difficult to find the proper troubleshooting tools but this post makes it easy to trying aligning my antenna the correct way!

  3. By Christina on Dec 14, 2016, 3:10 pm | Reply

    The elevation may be a bit tricky to interpret without the description you provided. Picturing the ideal placement as an angle point “just above the horizon” seems like it would be helpful.

  4. By Christina on Feb 7, 2017, 9:07 am | Reply

    It’s interesting to hear that several small mishaps can produce a problem. Your list is probably helpful for many readers.

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