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05-07-2007 01:59 PM #1
Glorystar Installation and Review
Thank you again to Satguys and Glorystar for the system.
The system was delivered on Saturday.
It's a pretty big box, a bit bigger then the dish itself but is less then a foot wide or so. Nice handles on the top make it easy to carry. It's a bit heavy but not too bad.
Packaging was solid and all parts appear to have been delivered.
I took all the parts out in my garage and arranged them on a table and figured out what they all were.
Put it together
Only instructions were a small one sheet paper. As I found this isn't bad to follow actually. However I came here to get the Glorystar installation guide and printed it out. My one complaint here is that this Glorystar specific installation guide really needs to be included in the package. But this is a great guide. I found the small included instruction sheet easier to follow though (parts labled and such).
Honestly it probably took me longer to get all the screws figured out then it did to actually put it together. Perhaps 15 minutes to put the dish together not including the LNBs.
NOTE: The parts in in METRIC !! So you will need metric sockets (10mm) to put this together. Luckily I dug around and found some metric sockets that I never had used before. Otherwise it would have been off to the hardware store.
If you've put together a DirecTV of Dish Network dish you can easily do this as it's the same concept. I did need my wife's help mounting the bracket onto the dish pan itself as the dish is quite large and it was hard holding it and pushing the screws through (I didn't think about leaning the dish against a wall). She was happy to help, it's her system afterall.
I cannot believe how small these things are. My DirecTV ones are twice it's size. It took me longer putting together the 4 degree bracket and LNBs then it did all the dish parts. Part of the reason is I found it very tight and hard to get the LNBs properly lined up 3/4 inch from the edge of the bracket. Of course then I realized I put the LNBs in backwords and had to do it all over.
I'll fill this in later. I was originally going to mount this on the roof of my garage but I decided against it for two reasons:
1) Neighbors tree getting close to blocking the signal path
2) It is a big dish and I worry about it in the wind. We get high winds quite often and even the manual suggests a pole.
So I don't have a spare pole in my yard and I'd rather do this on a tripod for flexability so I've got a tripod on order. Hopefully it will be here in a week or so and I can get the dish up and finish the install in a couple weeks (might be camping next weekend).
Anyway, I'll fill in this later. Any questions just post 'em!
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05-07-2007 02:00 PM #2
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05-07-2007 02:00 PM #3
[For future use #2 - receiver and programming]
05-17-2007 11:56 AM #4
Sorry for no updates. I've got the tripod but I threw my back out a week ago and I've been in pain with meds since. It might be another week until I'm up on my feet well enough to assemble the tripod.
06-06-2007 07:39 PM #5
Following the install instructions I first tuned to AMC4 and ABN. Very little tweaking I'm getting 97 level and 97 quality. On LLBN the weak one I get about 60/60. I'm thinking, this is too easy.
So I swap the cable over to IA5. I notice that ABN still has about a 40 signal but nothing quality. I just note it because I figured there would no signal.
So's I tune to TBN and with a bit of tweaking I get about 75 level and only 30 quality. Nothing for the weak channel (Miracle). I swap back to ABN and I'm down to about 80/80, still very solid. Back to TBN I can't get above 30 quality.
Rain moving in so I'm done for the evening. But I'm wondering what might be done with TBN and the IA5 channels. If AMC4 is coming in so good I'm a bit leary of adjusting elevation much but that was my next target. Could it be the LNB itself needs to be tweaked? I see in the instructions each LNB can be rotated a bit or pushed in or out. It's a tight fit in the dual LNB holder so I want to avoid that if I can but obviously will do it if needed.
I am happy with how close I am with little tweaking.
06-06-2007 08:48 PM #6
Even though you are connected to the wrong LNBF (3ABN selected, connected to LNBF2), the receiver will show a Signal Level, but it will not show Signal Quality. This is because the receiver is seeing a RF signal, but not the correct signal.
Few things to check:
- Was the reflector checked for warping during shipping prior to assembly? (Lay the reflector face down on a perfectly flat surface and verify that all edges are perfectly flat. If not follow the instructions on pages 13 -14.)
- Skew angle set correctly on the dual clamp? Page 16
- Skew scale visible if standing in front of the dish looking towards the reflector with LNBF1 on the right side and LNBF2 on the left? (AMC4/ Right, Galaxy25/ Left) Page 16
- Are the white faces of the LNBF slid forward towards the reflector 3/4" (20mm) from the clamp? If the LNBFs are slid completely forward or completely back against the clamp, the signals from the two satellites will not converge properly. They must be set at 3/4" forward to locate the satellites. Page 17
Expect to see Quality Levels:
LNBF1 (on right side):
Channel 7, 3ABN 80% - 90%
Channel 5, Hope 70% - 80%
LNBF2 (on left side):
Channel 2, 3ABN 70% - 80%
Channel 3, Hope 50% - 60%
Call our support department if you need any help!