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How to Set Up a Sky Dish

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have subscribed to the Sky Television satellite pay-TV service in the United Kingdom, you can save the installation charge by setting up the satellite dish yourself. To receive the Sky TV signal you will need to fix a suitably sized dish to a firm surface, usually the exterior wall of your house or apartment, with a clear view of the transmitting satellite.

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To align the dish correctly you will need the correct position for the satellite in the sky, which is 28.2 degrees East for the Sky TV satellite, and also the reception (azimuth) angle. Use a "dish pointer" website to make sure you have the correct information for your location.

Consider buying a Sky TV satellite dish installation kit, which includes everything you will need to set up your Sky dish.

  1. Install your coaxial cable to run from your Sky Television satellite receiver to the dish location.

  2. Access the dish location safely, using a platform or ladder.

  3. Install the wall bracket using a power drill and bolts. Use a spirit level against the square base of the bracket to ensure that it is straight.

  4. Attach the short mast to the wall bracket using the screws, nuts and bolts provided.

  5. Return to the ground to assemble the satellite dish and LNB, carefully following the manufacturer's instructions.

  6. Attach the dish mount to the mast, again using the fixings provided.

  7. Fix the satellite dish to the mount. Tighten screws or bolts but leave some room for movement so that you can align the dish.

  8. Align the dish precisely by using a compass and, for best results, a satellite signal meter. Rest the compass on the dish arm and slowly move the dish horizontally until it is pointing at the right position in the sky. Move the dish vertically to the correct reception angle, using the markings on the dish mount to guide you. Adjust the dish slightly until you get the maximum signal from your signal meter.

  9. Tighten the bolts securely to fix the dish in the correctly aligned position.

  10. Attach the coaxial cable to the output socket of the LNB.

  11. Weatherproof the socket/cable joint with self-amalgamating tape. Wind the tape around the joint tightly to form a waterproof seal.

  12. Fix the F-connector type cable jack to the receiver end of your cable and attach to the antenna input socket of your Sky TV receiver.

  13. Tip

    To install Sky Plus systems you will need an LNB with at least two output sockets and an additional cable to the receiver.


    Always make sure your ladder is on firm, level ground before climbing it. Consider getting a friend to help by steadying the bottom of the ladder.

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Things You'll Need

  • Satellite grade coaxial cable
  • F-connector type coaxial cable jacks
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Wall bracket and mast with fixings
  • Spirit level
  • Dish mount
  • Sky satellite dish and Low Noise Block (LNB) converter
  • Self-amalgamating tape


About the Author

Adrian Grahams

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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