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  1. bigspark17
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    bigspark17 Electrician's Arms

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    just after advice on an affordable tester that i can plug directly into a satellite dish to set the dish up for good signal, and what do others use?
     
  2. freddo
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    freddo Regular EF Member

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    I use a Satlook MKIV, brilliant unit able to do analogue and digital sats, has built in analogue and digital receivers so you can watch the received signal, full spectrum display which makes alignment dead easy. The little £10 inline meters are a waste of time.

    Just as a note, I use a Horizon HDTM plus for terrestrial, FM and DAB, though this is an obsolete model now as does not cover the new HD stuff.
     
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  3. bigspark17
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    Do you simply plug this unit into the dish to align it for optimum signal? Yes i agree the inline cheap meters are crap!
     
  4. Leesparkykent
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    I use my mate who fits aerials and dishes :D
     
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  5. ImpededLoop
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    ImpededLoop Electrician's Arms

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    Agreed! :)
     
  6. freddo
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    freddo Regular EF Member

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    Yes, simply watch the spectrum for the correct 'shape' for the satellite you want, then adjust for greatest amplitude. Once you have done it once or twice it's easy to spot the correct satellite, then you can check it with the built in receiver. The unit powers the LNB via it's internal battery so no other power/connections are needed.
     
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  7. pirate
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    pirate Regular EF Member

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    A couple of years ago, in storms, we lost our dish signal on new year's eve...I asked Sky to attend, they said ok, 28th April...cos it's on your chimney so we need 2 man team and cherry-picker and that's the first date we've got...I said but that's weeks away, they said ok we'll refund you for weeks lost viewing...
    I called my local aerial man, and he arrived next morning...stuck a ladder up, ran up to the top, fixed the dish, and was in his van ready to drive away in 5 minutes...£35...

    I never did cancel the Sky engineer...and he never appeared...clearly, cos they can monitor your setup, they saw it was fixed, and f**ked off.
    However, the aerial man gave me this...and despite what you might think, it has done a few realignment jobs very well... WP_20180312_22_33_10_Pro[1].jpg
    I have sorted my neighbours on either side twice each with this...
    and yes, before you ask, I have resorted to really cranking in the bolts now, so they don't move in a strong breeze!
     
  8. static zap
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    static zap Regular EF Member

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    ... Cheap ones find best signal -Wrong satellite ...
    ( at least they are responsive )
    ..... Much time wasted - but I'm a patient bod /(and tight)......
     
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    pirate Regular EF Member

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    Not a full professional bit of kit, far from it...but sometimes it's just the simplest tool you need to get the result...I'm not buying a hydraulic crimper to put the odd bit of 0.75 stranded into a ferrule for a choc=box connector!
     
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    gnuuser retired Industrial wire monkey DIY

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    most satellite recievers recommend you go to their website and enter your location. and they will give you the direction and elevation settings.
    the only time i ever had problems with it is when there were a lot of trees around the site.
     
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  11. suffolkspark
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    suffolkspark Electrician's Arms

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    theres an app I use where you can input your postcode and it shows you on a sat overlay where to point the dish wth tilt and elevation etc, I then use a cheapy meter and hey presto never had a problem yet
     
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  12. bigspark17
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    bigspark17 Electrician's Arms

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    What is the app called?
     
  13. suffolkspark
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    suffolkspark Electrician's Arms

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    Dishpointer.com
     
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