Visit almost any residential street in Great Britain and you'll see a forest of Sky Television satellite dishes pointing at the sky. The favoured location for a Sky TV dish is the exterior wall of a house or apartment block. Satellite dishes must have an unobstructed view of the broadcast satellite's position in the sky so, in some cases, the dish will need extra height to clear a nearby tree or building. Mounting the dish on the highest point of the building, most often the chimney stack, will usually ensure satisfactory Sky Television reception.
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Things you need
- Power drill
- Satellite grade coaxial cable
- Cable clamps
- Satellite dish chimney mounting kit
- Satellite dish mast
- Sky Television satellite dish
- Digital satellite television signal meter
- Self-amalgamating tape
Make sure you can reach the installation site safely by using a ladder or raised platform.
Survey the site and calculate the amount of coaxial cable you will require to connect the dish to the Sky TV receiver box. Allow for two to three extra feet of cable as an error margin.
Install satellite grade coaxial cable from the location of the satellite TV receiver to the installation site of the satellite dish. Use the shortest route possible and avoid any sharp kinks in the cable. Secure the cable firmly with cable clamps.
Fix your satellite dish chimney mounting bracket to the brick chimney stack with the supplied bracket, bolts and lashing wire. Ensure there are four to five courses of brickwork above the location of the bracket on the chimney stack.
Secure the mast to the chimney bracket with the provided fixings.
Climb down to assemble the satellite dish and Low Noise Block (LNB). Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
Fix the dish mount to the mast with the nuts and bolts provided.
Attach the satellite dish to the dish mount. Tighten bolts or screws by just enough to allow a little movement.
To align the dish, use a directional compass or, for more accuracy, a satellite TV signal meter. Find the right direction and reception (azimuth) angle for your location with a "satellite finder" website. Place the compass on the arm of the dish and move it gently, from left to right, until correctly aligned. Move the dish vertically, using the markings on the dish mount, to find the optimum reception (azimuth) angle. If you are using a satellite TV signal meter, gently adjust the dish until you receive the strongest signal reading on the meter display.
Tighten all bolts to secure the satellite dish in position.
Connect the coaxial cable to the output jack of the LNB.
Use self-amalgamating tape to weatherproof the output jack/cable joint. Wind the tape around the joint to create a waterproof seal.
Tips and warnings
- Most Sky TV satellite dish installations do not require planning consent. Check before you install by using a ZIP code-based satellite dish assistance website.
- Never install a dish or antenna near power lines.
- Always position your ladder or platform on flat ground. Get someone to steady the ladder as you climb.
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