Thought I'd write this up for anyone else contemplating fitting one of these £39.99 dishes.
Assembly is pretty straight forward other than the two halves of the main bracket being not that well fabricated. Had to squeeze the smaller of the two in the vice so that it fitted inside the larger piece.
Installation on the wall and cabling was no problem but then you come to the bit where you use a compass and satellite finder (both included) to aim your dish. For where I am, the azimuth (compass direction) was 147 degrees and the elevation (tilt of the dish) was 28.5 degrees. Set up the azimuth easily enough, there is a very good website called www.dishpointer.com where you put in your postcode and it zooms in like Google Earth. You can get in close enough (or I could) to click on the part of the building where the dish is mounted and it displays a line for your setting. In my case that told me I had to aim it between my shed and next door's garage. That bit was fine.
Now the 28.5 degrees elevation. Logic says that the dish starts in the vertical position (i.e. facing forward) and is then tilted backwards the required number of degrees. Did that and spent the next hour moving it up and down in small increments and got powerful readings for several satellites but the screen simply said "Astra 2 satellite not found". After an hour or so I got p####d off and rather careless and, whilst slackening the bolt to slightly change the elevation again, I inadvertently let go and the dish dropped to its lowest position (what I would describe as vertical) accompanied by a whole row of lights and a continuous scream from the finder. "That's it" cried my wife, "It's found it". Sure enough. The instructions said 50% signal is adequate. This was showing 80% and is working fine. What it comes down to is that the elevation setting is obviously very misleading. I recommend trying much lower.
The only other point to note. The TV has a built in Freesat tuner and, when I first turned it on, I got a message that the satellite had not been found and to press OK to start finding channels. I noticed that the green power light on the finder was not lighting so, although it seemed pointless as the satellite had not been found, I pressed OK. The set went to the next page which, far from finding channels, displayed the signal strength and quality in bars graded from 0 to 10. At this point the finder's power light came on. Obviously power is only fed to the satellite cable once you reach this point.
Anyway, I hope this may be of use to anyone else struggling with a DIY dish.
Sunbury on Thames
Sunbury on Thames
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