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. Select the following link for details on how to set up and connect your satellite box to the television and satellite dish.
- Once your Sky satellite system is all connected, with the television switched on, go to the signal strength menu on the receiver. To do this:
- Press ‘Services’ on the Sky remote control
- Press ‘4’ System set up,
- Then press ‘6’ Signal Test,
- 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 0002’ and ‘Transport Stream 07d4’.
If you have signal strength & quality and ‘Network ID 0002’ but a different reading on Transport Stream your dish is still aligned correctly.
Your satellite receiver has probably not been connected to a satellite dish for a while and may need a ‘software update’. To see how to update your software visit our satellite software update section.
Software Updates automatically take place when the satellite box is connected, usually overnight. So if the receiver is working fine there is no need to do the ‘software update’.
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 strength and quality. 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 programmes or listen to a wide variety of radio programmes.