Satellite locating tool

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On 6/21/2011 12:44 PM, GROVER wrote:

Some people prefer to install their own- the 'free professional installation' is often worth what you paid for it. Whaddaya mean you don't want a hole drilled through your living room wall behind your TV?
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---MIKE--- wrote:

Yes. But a compass and a "angle finder" at Home depot in the tools dept. works too.
If you have a iPhone iPad or Android device, there is an awesome app that you just point the screen in the sky and it tells you what is there!
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Another vote for the iphone app here. Can't believe how many people are suggesting you do it the low-tech way. Good luck with that. The iphone app I used about a year ago made it a piece of cake. You look on the screen and as you move it around the skyline it will highlight all of the sats for you superimposed on the image of the sky shot through the camera. It's brilliant. I used it to relocate a directv dish after rebuilding a roof. Was able to lock on to the signal almost immediately, and then use the on-screen meters to fine tune to a high signal strength (with helper watching the screen on the end of the phone).
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On 6/21/2011 10:18 AM, ---MIKE--- wrote:

Yes. Anything from a compass/inclinometer to a fancy expensive purpose-built meter they hook up to the dish, to special software on a laptop that does the same thing. Compass/inclinometer (and experience) is enough for most installs- they know the direction and elevation of the birds they use- verify with a compass, and look up. (One reason it is best to get dishes installed when trees are in full leaf.) If you have two people and some walkie-talkies, you can also zero it in with most satt receivers- aim at best guess, and see if the receiver handshakes, shows the right name, and wiggle it around till you max out the signal.
If you wanna play, buy a receiver and dish at a garage sale/thrift store for 10-20 bucks, and hook it up to an old TV. You can't get any programs, but it will still read the self-id from the birds.
It gets a tad harder with a 2-way dish setup. I'd ask on the alt.dbs.* groups.
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