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How to Align a Dish Network Satellite Dish to 110 & 119

Align your Dish Network satellite dish properly to ensure you get the best quality signal. Depending on the size of your dish, you either receive signal from a satellite at 110 degrees or 119 degrees; larger dishes receive signal from both. You must know your geographic location to correctly align your satellite dish. Once you have this information, set the left and right as well as the up and down position of the satellite to ensure you receive a high-quality signal.

Install the satellite dish. If you already have the dish installed, verify it is installed correctly. The Dish Network satellite dish must be mounted level in an area that has an unobstructed view.

Use a compass to determine the exact azimuth, which is the angle to the left or right your dish needs to face. Dish Network provides this information based on your zip code (full link in Resources).

Set the correct elevation, which is the adjustment up or down required to get access to the satellite. Dish Network provides this information based on your zip code (full link in Resources).

Set the correct skew, if you have a Dish 500. The skew is the amount of rotation this model of dish requires, which Dish Network provides based on your location (full link in Resources).

Turn your receiver to the Point Dish/Signal screen. This can be found under Menu, System Setup, and then Installation. Choose “Check Switch," and then “Check.” The result displays information about your dish. Click “OK” to see a checkmark on 119 and Transponder 11. Have your helper watch the signal meter display on your TV screen, or make sure you can see it from the dish location.

Lock in a satellite signal as high as possible. Dish Network receives signal as high as 125. The signal should read at least 70, though the higher the level received, the better the signal quality. Use a wrench to loosen the bolts on the dish. Gently move the dish to the left and right to see if it causes any change in the signal strength displayed on the screen.

Check the alignment on satellite 110. Run another “Check Switch” when the signal is found. Move the check mark to 110. If the signal is not strong enough, adjust the satellite dish position up and down, and left and right. Adjust until you receive signal above 70. Tighten the bolts on the satellite dish and exit out of set-up by clicking "Cancel."

Tip

You will lose signal less often during bad weather if your satellite signal is set at a high number. Make slight changes to the elevation setting, if you are having trouble picking up a high signal strength.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish Network receiver
  • Dish Network dish
  • Compass
  • 7/16 wrench
  • Helper (optional)
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.