How to tune a satellite dish

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Your new dish is installed, and now you just need to get that antenna tuned for perfect reception and the maximum number of channels!

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  1. 1

    Ensure that your satellite antenna meets three conditions: The line-of-sight view to the particular satellite is free of obstacles and obstructions that will block the incoming signal to the antenna; the mast supporting the antenna is rigidly mounted and level; and the reflector part of the satellite antenna (the dish) is not warped.

  2. 2

    Adjust the antenna reflector azimuth angle to the position given by the manufacturer for that particular satellite. This adjustment is the east-west movement of the reflector on the mount and is given in azimuth degrees.

  3. 3

    Adjust the elevation-look angle to the position given by the manufacturer of the satellite of interest. This adjustment is from the horizon to the sky and is given as elevation in degrees from that point. These two degrees form the orbit degree slot or window of the satellite to be received by your antenna.

  4. 4

    Ensure that the antenna signal line is connected to the receiver and the receiver is turned on and positioned on a beacon channel (a beacon channel is a channel being transmitted from the satellite to allow you to peak your antenna to it).

  5. 5

    Begin tuning by slowly moving the reflector first to the east in one-degree increments for a total of three degrees, then in the opposite direction (west) while monitoring the receiver's signal meter.

  6. 6

    Peak the signal to the highest scale at this point. Peaking the signal using a signal meter is most recommended due to the meter's signal sensitivity.

  7. 7

    Snug the antenna azimuth adjustment slightly on the mount once the signal level is maximized.

  8. 8

    Perform the same procedure as in steps 4 through 6, using the elevation adjustment first up and then down for peaking. Snug the antenna elevation at this point.

  9. 9

    Ground the antenna and the signal line entrance into the residence to electrical code standards.

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