Please note; a satellite dish needs a clear view of the southern sky, trees and buildings will block the satellite signal. Use your compass and aim the satellite dish at approximately 145 degrees.
The Angle of elevation is important and needs to be looking up at about 25 degrees. The dish will however, usually look as if it is pointing nearly straight ahead. This is due to the satellite dish having an “off set arm”. Please see the diagram and picture below.
Next connect your satellite dish to the satellite receiver and the receiver to a television. To set up and connect your satellite box to the television and satellite dish, please read our Wiring up your satellite help file. Once your satellite system is all connected, with the television switched on, go to the signal strength menu on the receiver. To do this you will need to refer to your instruction manual.
Above is the picture of the signal strength menu from a Grundig freesat receiver. Different makes of freesat receivers will have a slightly different looking menu. With your compass, aim the satellite dish at about 135 degrees.
Very slowly move the dish round to the west, about 1 to 2 degrees at a time until you pick up a signal. You will not pick up anything if you start moving the dish around erratically. There is a different satellite signal roughly every 3 degrees, so take your time and be very thorough. You will find the correct signal. When you pick up a satellite signal, this will be displayed on the TV screen as shown.
If you have both signal strength and signal quality, congratulations! Please note that you will also need to make adjustments up and down as well as left and right to optimise the signal strength and quality. You should notice on the menu, under signal strength and quality, ‘Lock indicator OK’, ‘Network ID 00 3b’ and ‘Transport Stream 07fd’. If you have signal strength, low or even no signal quality, as well as a different ‘Network ID’ this means you have tuned in to a different cluster of satellites. Incorrect satellite alignments are often tuned into Astra 19 degrees, or Hotbird 13 degrees. You will need to move the dish slightly round to the east. Once you have aligned your satellite dish, tighten the bolts. Whilst tightening the bolts up, keep an eye on the satellite meter. As the bolts tighten they can move the satellite dish slightly off the signal. If you notice the signal strength or quality start to fall, make slight adjustments to the alignment to bring the signal strength back. Now that you have installed your satellite dish, you can sit back and watch your favourite programme or listen to a wide variety of radio programs.