DishPointer accuracy

stecle

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I have recently been using the DishPointer to do some site surveys. I bought a Motorola Droid A855 to use the DishPointer program. I was told that this phone is one of the best for DishPointer.

So far the DishPointer does not seem to be working properly. When I scan the arc the DishPointer gives me a location of the Satellites relative to my location. When I recheck the arc from the exact same location, the Satellites are often shifted from my original reading.

I performed a further test at my own property. I found a recognizable location in my yard and scanned the arc using the DishPointer on my phone. I located Intelsat 50W right over the peak of my neighbors house. When I checked the arc using the DishPointer program online, it gave me a completely different result.

I have found that the DishPointer app on my phone will often give you different readings from the exact same location.

I would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks

Steve
 

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I have noted that on some phones it does seem a little off but not by much. Hold your phone out and make a big 8 motion like your drawing a large number 8. This makes you look silly but calibrates the compass. So far it works great on my RAZR.

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I agree. I have found recalibrating the compass is important to the accuracy.
 

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Odd that Allen has not replied to this, but anyway, I was out today and my Razr for the first time was reading wrong....I calibrated it and all was fine, but it did scare me for a moment.
 

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Odd that Allen has not replied to this.....
Because your answer was spot on. You need to calibrate each time you use the phone. Just swing the phone in a figure 8 motion.
 

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Because your answer was spot on. You need to calibrate each time you use the phone. Just swing the phone in a figure 8 motion.
good suggestion. When the sats show incorrectly, perform the 8 horizontal motion and then move slightly away and rescan the sky. There may also be some magnetism that interferes with the sat search.
 

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I have this issue of each time I have to upgrade my phone, this past time I changed providers, now when I go to load the software it wants me to pay again ... ugh, all this because I originally downloaded from the computer not the play store.

Therefore I cannot use the app any longer.
 

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As a professional installer I find the phone aps are good enough to give you a general idea where the satellites are located. If there are no trees or tall buildings then the app works fine.

If the line of site is tight, then I will always pull out my trusty inclinometer
 

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