Sorry to start another thread. I am having nothing but problems with this 7.5 SAMI dish. I wish to god I had not got into this hobby, but I have too much money in the dish now to give up. I could not find a steel 3.5'' OD pole anywhere, so I ordered a 3.5'' schedule 40 aluminum pole from online metals. I buried it in cement and filled it with cement. I have not been able to get very many satellites to the west of my true south. So with help from here, this afternoon I got out and started working on the azimuth of the farthest west satellite I can get. Anyway to make a long story short, as long as the bolts on the mount are loose, especially the top two, I can get a good strong signal on SES3, like over 250 points of signal on the meter. As soon as I start to tighten the top two bolts, the signal goes down by half at least. All I can think is that the aluminum is so soft that the bolt is biting into it and it is making the dish move out too far, getting it off level. Could this be the problem? Do you reckon that if I sank even more money in getting a steel pole it would help?