HELP I've knocked my dish and lost signal!!

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  1. tim k

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    I've got a patio mount and i stupidly kicked my dish. it now has 0 signal strength. is there any easy quick solution to get it back without the need to get an engineer round??

    ie. will the signal strength update it if i can watch the tv and move the dish at the same time?
     
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    you can re-align it like that, if your'e patient - but if you have a patio mount it would be wise to buy a simple satfinder for about £10 - £15.

    Sky will try to charge you £65 for a service call and its a 5 minute job.
     
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    It's a 5 minute job for an experienced installer. A satfinder will find you a satellite, but it might not be the correct one, since there is a satellite every 3 degrees in the part of the sky where the satellite carrying Sky digital is (28.2 degrees east of true south). Lots of people get wonderful signal strengths on the wrong satellite, and spend all day scratching their heads, wondering why they're not receiving anything. If you have not disturbed the azimuth setting, re-alignment won't be quite so difficult than it will be if you have.
     
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    surely you just need a cheepo compass set it to 168.2° (+- magnetic variation) and bobs your uncle ?
     
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    It's the magnetic variation that's the problem. It isn't constant. It varies from place to place, and the variation can be more than 3 degrees (the distance between the satellites). Monitoring the shadow cast by the sun at 12:00 GMT will give you a fairly accurate position for true south, but even this isn't 100% precise.
     
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