I'm having problems aligning my new dish and wondered if anyone can advise. I get very strong signals from Astra 1F at 19.2E and Astra 1E at 23.5E with the same dish position - loads of channels. Signal strength and quality are about 80% for both 1F and 1E.
But I want 'Astra 2' at 28.2E and can't find it. My satellite-finder meter give a very strong signal for the Astra 1s but reducing the elevation and going east a few degrees gives only a weak signal the receiver doesn't recognise.
A couple of questions occur to me:
1. When I point the dish at the Astra 1s, the dish is vertical, as the offset angle equals the elevation (about 24deg). Astra 2 has a smaller elevation so I have to point the dish downwards and I get a lot background radiation from the garage roof when the dish is pointing downwards. Could this mask Astra 2? If so I'd have to raise the dish's height or change it for one with a smaller offset angle. Aargh.
2 Is Astra 2's signal strength a lot weaker than Astra 1s? So should I be looking for a much weaker signal than my meter gives for the Astra 1s? With the Astra1s, the signal is so strong that the meter is off the scale even with the sensitivity fully down.
For information I'm in the UK (Devon) which is Zone 1. I have a new 60cm dish and a new Labgear DV3 receiver.
Suggestions gratefully received.