Dish Aiming Question

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iafirebuff

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With my FTA system that is on order, I am receiving a satellite finder meter kit. It has a compass and satellite meter. I have never used a compass or meter to aim the dishes I have set up, and was just wondering, do these little devices really work as good as they appear? It seems it will make it much more accurate. Before, I had my wife or daughter inside with an FRS radio announcing what the sat strength was as I sloooowly moved the dish :) ANy tips or hints? THANKS!
 
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123tim

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My opinion:

The cheap little 8 to 10 dollar meters don't do anything for me. They aren't very practical on anything close to a DBS satellite. The weaker signal is always overpowered by the stronger one. I prefer my receiver and a small TV outside by the antenna.

A compass? A++++
I like my lensatic compass. (Has a small magnifying glass for more accuracy.)





Edit: Changed lenticular to lensatic.
 
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123tim

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Also, don't move your antenna too fast. Allow the receiver time to process the signal.
 
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Thanks for the thoughts! I don't think normally I would buy one. But, this kit came free, so what the heck. I will try it out. The compass might be nice, as then I know the general area to point it and won't waste my time hunting. But, I have set up several dss dishes over the years with the tv method. I have gotten it down pretty good. I just need to not overtighten things, as it always seems that I have a strong signal, and when I start to tighten things, then it drops a little.
 
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compass is A+ in my book

the cheapo meters...screw it...I lug my 19" TV out and my Pansat 1500 when I aim my Dish farm. Since the dishes arew either on my deck or on the roof (10 feet up) its easier that way.
 
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My antenna building is my shed/workshop located about 60' from my house. I mount everything there as it is in the clear, and then I don't heve holes in my roof of the house :) That shed looks like the small town cable companies receiving station :)
 
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I have to agree with Iceberg and 123tim on this. I've never had any luck with an in-line meter. Compass is a great tool. If possible, a tv using the receivers meter is the best option. I also use a Magnetic Protractor.

Al
 
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I've got to say these guys Iceberg and Pete give excellent advice to anyone trying to find their first Sat, I too am new to FTA and can also say from my trials even using a PH spectrum Analyzer(that is worth more then my house)the best method is to take the receive and tv out to the dish and get the best quality you can, I used a 5inch walmart tv that has audio/video jack on back.

Dave
 
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My wife and daughter know exactley what to do. And my daughter (8 years old) LOVES to talk on the FRS radios :)
 
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123tim

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iafirebuff said:
My wife and daughter know exactley what to do. And my daughter (8 years old) LOVES to talk on the FRS radios :)
I'd be interested in hearing how this works out :) Keep us posted.

I have to apologize for my second post saying not to move the antenna too fast. Somehow I overlooked you saying "I had my wife or daughter inside with an FRS radio announcing what the sat strength was as I sloooowly moved the dish "

Good luck!
 
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Mr Tony

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I did an install once where I didnt have power to do the TV idea (power was a good 50 feet away and there was snow on the ground)

So I had one FRS radio and the guy in the house was reading off the quality on the receiver :)
 
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Before I had FRS radios, I used a cordless phone. I just waited until the dial tone went away and I went out with the cordless. Then my wife would be inside on the phone reading the meter readings to me. I LOVE the FRS radios! Works good when I am working on stuff in tight places and can use that to find out what it going on, instead of having to go up and down ladders, etc.
 
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I carry them ALL!

Proffesional Satellite ID meter

Satellite meter (digital with lights and tone)

Small TV and receiver

FRS radios

Two cans and a long piece of string!

You just never know........
 
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Im totally new to all of this but I have to admit that I used an inline signal meter to find my satellites and it worked wonderfully.:D
 
iafirebuff

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I will give it a try to for giggles :) I probably will just go back to how I have always done it though :)
 
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