I need to move my Sky satellite dish to make way for a new conservatory.
I was wondering if realigning them following a move is difficult?
I had a quote of £40 to do this, which is probably not extortionate, but
I'd rather keep hold of my money.
It's not impossible, you can use the signal strength and signal quality
bar graphs on the Sky box set up menu. However these are rather slow to
react, so you need to move the dish, and wait a few seconds. It would
obviously be preferable to bring a portable TV outside so you can look
at the screen the same time as adjusting ! Once you've got a signal back
(signal quality is more important than strength), place a damp tea-towel
over the LNB to reduce the signal, that way it is easier to 'peak' up
the adjustments. Be aware that the signal strength meter in the
'consumer' menu only looks at one frequency. Check reception of channels
that are in low band (BBC and ITV)and lower power channels on the
Eurobird satellite (that is almost co-located with the Astra sats that
most Sky platform channels use). Eurobird channels include EuroNews on
Ch 528. You can check any transponder and frequency by resorting to the
installer's hidden menu <Services-4-0-1-Select>
Don't extend the cable, if you can replace the entire length with a new
run (Cable grade CT-100). If you must join it, use F-Type plugs and a
coupler, if the join is outside wrap the whole thing in
self-amalgamating tape. You also need to use this on the connection to
the LNB :-
For more detailed help and advice have a lurk in uk.tech.tv.sky and the
If all else fails, get a man in (NOT Sky) it's a very easy job for any
reputable dealer, coz they'll use a meter to adjust the dish in a jiffy.
40 quid sounds about right to me.
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Best ask in uk.tech.tv.sky or uk.tech.digital-tv.
Its not at all difficult to align a dish IMHO. Note some local landmark to
get the horizontal direction right after the move and a spirit level to
estimate how far off vertical the dish is. The services menus tell you how
strong the signal is, but has an approx 5 second time delay.
No, you do need line of sight to the satellite.
Ideally, you also need to use a satellite receiver which shows signal quality
you then just align the dish for maximum quality.
The receiver must be set to look for an active transponder on the satellite
If you have a spirit level with an adjustable buble, place it vertically across
the front of the dish and use it to record the elevation prior to the move. You
can then use the spirit level to set the elevation in the new position. Any way
you can record the azimuth would also help. Do not twist the dish or the LNB.
You should use satellite quality coax.
If the dish is pointing the wrong way you just won't get a picture. (well maybe
the wrong satellite). Just keep trying until it works!
See www.satcure.co.uk also news:alt.satellite.tv.europe
Remember that the STB stuffs about 20v down the Coax to drive the LNB. This is
enough to give you an electric shock. You may also find that the cable screening
and plug are also live when your TV and STB are switched on. Something you might
notice if you are outside in damp conditions but would be unaware of indoors.
By coincidence, Maplin mail shot me this week with a dish alignment kit
offer for 20 quid, see here,
(or if that doesn't work - http://tinyurl.com/6tkxk )
Although through this very group a few months ago I learned that you can
use the built in signal meter of the Digibox to achieve the same for
See this thread;
(or, via tinyurl - http://tinyurl.com/6w4f2 )
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