Question Question re: alignment of satellite dish for Freesat

HeadBanger

Well-known Member
Thank you again. I have a solid signal on most channels but my OCD is now nagging me!

I’ll be up on my ladder tomorrow morning and tweak as you suggest and set it a bit more accurately :)

HB
 

TJT1

Member
If it ain't broke, then for goodness sake don't fix it (especially if doing so involves a ladder). :D

PS. But when you have ignored that advice. Please let us know, from your hospital bed if necessary, how you got on. :D
 

grahamlthompson

Distinguished Member
Thank you again. I have a solid signal on most channels but my OCD is now nagging me!

I’ll be up on my ladder tomorrow morning and tweak as you suggest and set it a bit more accurately :)

HB

Don't worry about channels that do not show 100% signal (around 60% is typical) especially if you are using a Sky mini dish. . They are likely to be on the weaker Europe Beam transponders. If you have 100% quality on all you are unlikely to improve anything.
 

HeadBanger

Well-known Member
@TJT1 - thank you. I am always careful on a ladder and tie it up at the top and lock at the foot so it can hardly move.

Handily, OpenVIX enables a sat finder on your phone just by opening a browser and entering its IP and port 80 (eg 192.168.0.4:80) if you have the OpenWebif plugin. This made it much easier once up on the ladder and I could see for myself the effect of any adjustments almost instantly.

Attached are some screen shots of the sat finder followed by before and after shots of the signal quality and strength. Using Graham’s method of pushing gently on the dish (left, right, top & bottom) to see if the signal improved/worsened worked brilliantly (thank you Graham) and I was able to align the dish much more accurately within about 10 mins. I also adjusted the LNB skew whilst up there to squeeze a few more %.

A job well done I think :clap:

HB
 

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grahamlthompson

Distinguished Member
@TJT1 - thank you. I am always careful on a ladder and tie it up at the top and lock at the foot so it can hardly move.

Handily, OpenVIX enables a sat finder on your phone just by opening a browser and entering its IP and port 80 (eg 192.168.0.4:80) if you have the OpenWebif plugin. This made it much easier once up on the ladder and I could see for myself the effect of any adjustments almost instantly.

Attached are some screen shots of the sat finder followed by before and after shots of the signal quality and strength. Using Graham’s method of pushing gently on the dish (left, right, top & bottom) to see if the signal improved/worsened worked brilliantly (thank you Graham) and I was able to align the dish much more accurately within about 10 mins. I also adjusted the LNB skew whilst up there to squeeze a few more %.

A job well done I think :clap:

HB


Well done. Once you have done it once it's a lot easier. Shame Sky dropped the elevation scale on the newer dishes. All you have to do now is wait for the next heavy downpours.

Another tip you can check rain fade by covering half the dish face with a wet towel. :)
 

pantages

Member
It may have a sky q lnb , I had to change mine recently , despite asking the sky installer to fit a hybrid :facepalm:
I agree as I had to do that but it was easy enough. (Mind you, I live in a bungalow!)
 

paffren

Active Member
I bought a satellite receiver kit years ago before HD from B&Q with a dish, cable and box and aligned it using dishpointer and a cheap map reading compass. The signal meter I got with it was useless as it just locked onto any signal you pointed the dish at and I was getting Vatican TV at one point. :D I set it up for the compass reading and then the elevation and I remember thinking it looked wrong as the dish was facing slightly downwards but it was picking up a signal just not very good quality as I could see the reading on my settings on the tv. Setting the Azimuth was what brought the quality up to good level. Years later I bought a Humax box and needed another cable so I bought a Sky quad LNB on Amazon and some shotgun coax and swapped it over and it worked straight away never had problems aligned on Astra 28E,
 

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