Instructions for Using a Satellite Finder

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the biggest challenges in installing your satellite dish is finding the signal in the sky. One way to accomplish this task is to go outside and move your dish a notch, then go inside and check the strength meter on your television. If you don't have any signal then you have to go outside again, move the dish and repeat the process. Or you can purchase a "Satellite Signal Finder" and never have to leave the dish until you have located your signal.

Purchase a Satellite Signal Finder. There are many on the market but don't be afraid of simplicity. Most experts still use the old tried but true analogue signal finder.

Locate the coaxial cable connected to your dish's LNB (Low-Noise Blocker). This is the cable coming out of your dish.

Connect the coaxial cable to "From LNB" on the signal finder by twisting the cable on just like hooking up your television to your wall.

Locate the coaxial cable running into the house. Make sure your satellite receiver is connected to the cable.

Connect the coaxial cable to the "To Receiver" connection on the signal finder. This connection is what powers the typical signal finders. If your signal finder is self-powered with a battery, you won't have a "To Receiver" input to worry about.

Locate the satellite signal. Start by pointing your dish to the south. Set your elevation according to your postcode. (See your owner's manual for details). Check your signal finder for a reading. If you don't get a signal, move the dish back and forth about 15 to 20 degrees until you find a signal. Dial it in so you are getting at least 70 on the signal strength meter. The higher the signal strength you can find, the better.

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