How to align a sky dish

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How to align a sky dish
Align your Sky Television satellite dish to the strongest signal. (Satellite dish image by Scrivener from

A properly aligned Sky TV satellite dish is essential for high-quality television reception. Incorrect dish alignment can result in weak television signals and missing TV and radio channels. Find the correct orientation for your satellite dish with an online "satellite locator" tool and then use a directional compass and a digital-satellite signal strength meter to lock on to the strongest Sky TV signal.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Compass
  • Satellite TV signal meter

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  1. 1

    Access the Internet. Use a zip-code-based "satellite locator" website to find the correct bearing and reception (azimuth) angle for the Sky TV satellite, which is located at 28.2 degrees east in the sky. Write this information on a slip of paper. (See Resources.)

  2. 2

    Reach your Sky TV satellite dish safely by using a raised platform, ladder or steps.

  3. 3

    Identify the bolts or screws that secure the satellite dish to the dish mount. Loosen each bolt or screw by a half turn, or by enough to allow movement of the satellite dish.

  4. 4

    Place the directional compass on the dish arm and gently move the satellite dish, from right to left, until it points in the correct direction.

  5. 5

    Move the dish up or down to the correct reception (azimuth) angle. Use the azimuth markings on the dish mount to guide you.

  6. 6

    Connect the digital satellite meter to the Low Noise Block converter device at the end of the dish arm. Carefully follow the manufacturer's connection instructions.

  7. 7

    Move the dish carefully and slowly until you receive the strongest reading on the satellite meter's signal strength display.

  8. 8

    Tighten all bolts and screws. Disconnect the satellite meter.

Tips and warnings

  • Always disconnect all TVs and satellite receivers from the main AC power supply before working on your satellite dish.
  • Get a friend or neighbour to hold and steady the ladder while you climb it.

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