How To Install a Satellite TV Dish

Satellite TV dish

A satellite TV dish gets signals from satellites that broadcast satellite television. The dish receives the signals transmitted from the broadcasting satellite, then it directs the signals to the receiver, which converts them into the audiovisual images that are displayed on your television screen. With a satellite TV, you get more channels compared to cable TV subscriptions. Unlike before, a modern satellite TV dish is more versatile and easier to install. They are no longer too bulky and not too space-consuming.

You can select from so many satellite TV package offers these days, but the type of satellite dish usually depends on the package you choose. Some subscriptions come with a free dish and usually have satellite dish installation as part of the package you pay for. In cases where it is not included, however, you may need to consider hiring a professional to install the dish for you. The job is relatively easy for a professional and will not take much time, unless you want to do it yourself and do the manual labor and calculation. If you are installing it at an apartment or rented building, you may need to inform the Home Owners Association prior to mounting your unit on your location.

When you are all set to do the job yourself, take note of the following.

  1. Select the location for your satellite dish. The best location would be close to your TV set but not indoors. You will have to mount your satellite where it is pointing toward the south if you are situated north of the equator, or toward the north if you are south of the equator. In setting up your satellite dish, make sure it is placed where there is no obstruction from trees, other buildings, or electrical lines and where it is easy to re-adjust and maintain it. If you are mounting it on a roof, it has to be angled properly in case the roof is slanted.
  2. Set the coordinates. This is a trial and error task as you may adjust the dish upwards or downwards, to set the proper azimuth and elevation. Azimuth and elevation are angles that define the position of an object in the sky proportionate to a specific observation point. Azimuth angle is patterned by rotating your dish along the vertical axis, whereas elevation angle is between the pointing direction of your dish and its horizontal surface. A compass will be very handy to match the azimuth with the degrees required while monitoring your receiver’s signal.
  3. Set the signal and fine tune. Make sure you maximize the signal in case of rain or strong wind, which can affect the signal strength. Readjust your dish if needed by slowly turning it sideways until you obtain the maximum signal strength. When you have optimized the signal, lock the azimuth and elevation bolts.
  4. Check your television. Modify the basic settings for your satellite receiver to take full advantage of your satellite television dish. Refer to the manual for further guidelines on setting it up or for any necessary adjustments.

Apart from ensuring the job is done correctly, the advantage of hiring a professional to do the installation of your satellite TV dish is that most warranties on satellite TV dish systems are only valid when the unit is professionally installed. Hence, you need to keep this in consideration prior to mounting your dish.


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