How to Find TV Satellite Locationsby Kristan Hart
Tuning a satellite dish is the key to make sure you have a strong signal. Some satellite customers struggle with losing signal during inclement weather or even after a strong gust of wind. If you have a strong lock on TV satellite locations, you’re more likely to enjoy a strong signal that’s less likely to fade away during bad weather. To conduct a proper satellite dish tuning, you need the coordinates provided to you by the satellite manufacturer.
Press “Menu” on your satellite remote to access the “Main Menu” for your satellite programming.
Click on “System Setup.”
Use the “Up” and “Down” arrows to highlight “Installation.”
Choose “Point Dish” from the satellite menu.
Type your zip code in the appropriate location on the left-hand side of the screen. Use the number buttons on the remote to type in your zip code. This is the zip code where the satellite dish and receiver is, not the zip code where the satellite distributor is.
Arrow over to the right using the “Right” arrow key and select “Done.”
Look at the screen for the coordinates you need for satellite dish tuning. Take note of all three coordinates provided: the azimuth, elevation and skew. These coordinates are what you need to find TV satellite locations.
Point a compass with numbers to the Southern sky to find the direction your satellite dish should point, called the azimuth. Adjust the satellite dish from side to side until the satellite dish arm, also known as the LNB, points directly at the azimuth coordinate, which you can see using a compass with numbers.
Tilt the satellite dish up and down to find the elevation. Numbers on the pole behind the satellite dish indicate the number of degrees your satellite elevation is. Adjust your satellite dish so the arrow points to the appropriate number of degrees to set the elevation.
Use numbers located on the side of the satellite dish as a reference when you set the skew. Rotate the satellite dish around, turning it like you would a steering wheel, until the arrow points to the number of the skew you were provided.
Tighten all the bolts on your satellite dish to hold its position.
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