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?
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
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
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
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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