Compass Bearings For a Perfect TV Reception

Very often people ask for the exact compass direction to point their sky or freesat satellite dish to receive a good signal. The direction the satellite needs to be aiming varies depending where you are. I would always recommend that you use a satellite finder to get a better satellite dish alignment. A compass will however give you a very good indication of the rough direction to point your satellite dish.

A general rule of thumb is that as you travel further east the more southerly the satellite dish looks and as you move further south the higher the satellite dish elevation. (But do bear in mind that most satellite dishes are offset so look like they are pointing straight ahead when they are at the correct elevation). Below is a list of towns and cities across Europe with the details of the correct compass bearing, elevation angle and LNB skew to receive a satellite signal. Just decide which place on the list you are closest to.

UK

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Aberdeen 145 20 -11
Ashford 146 26 -13
Belfast 141 20 -14
Birmingham 145 26 -15
Bristol 142 25 -16
Cardiff 142 25 -16
Edinburgh 144 20 -12
Glasgow 143 20 -13
Iverness 143 19 -12
Liverpool 143 23 -14
London 146 26 -14
Londonberry 139 20 -15
Manchester 144 23 -15
Newcastle 145 22 -12
Plymouth 141 25 -17

Austria

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Graz 162 34 -4
Innsbruck 157 33 -8
Linz 162 33 -5
Salzburg 160 33 -8
Vienna 164 34 -4

Belgium

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Bruges 149 27 -12
Brussels 150 27 -11

Croatia

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Dubrovnik 165 40 -3
Split 164 39 -4
Zagreb 163 36 -5

Czech Republic

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Brno 165 33 -2
Prague 162 31 -4

Denmark

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Alborg 159 23 -4
Copenhagen 161 25 -3

France

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Bordeaux 142 31 -18
Clermont-Ferrand 146 32 -15
Dijon 150 31 -13
Le Havre 145 27 -14
Limoges 145 31 -16
Lyon 149 32 -14
Marseilles 148 35 -15
Nancy 152 31 -11
Nantes 142 29 -17
Nice 151 35 -13
Orleans 147 29 -15
Perpignan 146 34 -15
Rouen 146 28 -15
Strasbourg 154 31 -10

Germany

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Berlin 161 28 -4
Cologne 153 28 -9
Dresden 162 30 -4
Frankfurt 155 30 -8
Hamburg 158 25 -5
Hannover 158 28 -5
Munich 159 33 -7
Nuremberg 158 31 -7

Greece

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Athens 172 45 2
Corfu 167 43 -2
Patras 170 45 -1
Thessaloniki 172 43 -1

Holland

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Amsterdam 152 27 -10
Rotterdam 150 27 -10

Hungary

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Budapest 168 34 1
Miskolc 170 34 1
Szedged 170 36 0

Ireland

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Cork 137 22 -18
Dublin 140 22 -16
Galway 137 21 -17

Italy

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Bari 163 41 -5
Bologna 157 36 -9
Genova 154 35 -11
Milan 154 35 -11
Naples 159 40 -9
Palermo 157 43 -11
Turin 153 34 -12
Venice 158 36 -9

Luxembourg

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Luxembourg 152 19 -11

Norway

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Bergen 154 19 -5
Bodo 165 14 2
Oslo 160 -5 -2

Poland

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Gdansk 168 27 1
Krakow 169 31 1
Lubin 173 31 3
Warsaw 171 30 1
Wroclaw 166 31 -1

Portugal

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Faro 130 33 -31
Lisbon 129 31 -30

Romania

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Bucharest 177 39 -5

Slovakia

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Faro 165 34 -3
Lisbon 171 34 1

Slovenia

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Ljubljana 161 35 -6

Spain

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Alicante 139 37 -24
Barcelona 143 36 -20
Bilbao 139 31 -21
Granada 134 36 -27
Madrid 136 33 -23
Malaga 134 36 -28
Palma 143 37 -20
Seville 132 34 -29
Valencia 140 36 -23

Sweden

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Gothenburg 161 23 -3
Malmo 162 25 -3
Stockholm 168 22 1

Switzerland

Location Compass Bearing Angle of Elevation LNB Skew
Basel 154 32 -10
Bern 152 32 -12
Geneva 151 33 -13
Zurich 155 33 -10