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11) A satellite nder and a compass: have been included in the kit to help you locate the satellite and set your dish in the optimum position.

a. First disconnect the downlead from the LNB mounted on your


satellite dish and connect the jumper lead supplied in its place, connect the other end of the jumper lead to the F connection on your Satellite Finder marked “Satellite LNB”.


b. Next connect the downlead (connected to the receiver) to the “Receiver” connection on your Satellite Finder.


Level Control Peg

Insert Peg To Control Level

c. Ensure that your satellite receiver is switched on. The Satellite Finder’s power and signal strength LEDs will light up, using the level control peg adjust the level control to reduce the number of lit red LEDs to 2 or 3 by turning the control anti-clockwise (the pitch of the audible tone will also reduce).

d. Set your satellite dish to the correct azimuth and elevation settings. Using the compass supplied align the red arrow to North 0˚ and then read o the correct azimuth angle.

e. Slowly scan the sky with the satellite dish (side to side movement) from around 5˚ either side of the correct azimuth angle. The number of LEDs lit and the pitch of the tone will increase/decrease, if it does not then adjust the elevation by half a degree and repeat the scan.

f. Keep adjusting the azimuth and elevation of the satellite dish so that you obtain the highest reading possible. An audio signal also indicates the signal strength. If the signal reading goes beyond ‘6’ on the scale turn the Level Control anti-clockwise to reduce the reading to ‘2’.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not use the Satellite Finder directly in front of your satellite dish - this can result in a continuous full scale reading (ie. above ‘6’ LEDs). If the meter reading keeps jumping then adjust the Level Control on the Satellite Finder. Turn anti-clockwise to lower the sensitivity.

12) Fine Tuning: Once you have set the dish position using the satellite finder you can fine tune the position using the satellite receiver. Locate the signal levels function on your satellite receiver’s menu

You will probably notice that there is some signal strength straight away, don’t get excited, this is only reading ‘noise’ from the atmosphere. It is the signal quality that you need to concentrate on; this is reading a specific transponder from the Astra 2A, 2B, 2D and Eurobird satellites.

With one person watching the screen, the other person needs to move the dish slowly around until the signal quality and strength display starts to read a decent signal level, about 50% should be fine.The dish needs to be within 0.1 of a degree of the satellite position (about 1mm in movement terms) when making these adjustments, the quality and signal strength meter on the screen takes up to 5 seconds to register the signal, so you can’t just sweep the dish around the sky, you need to make very precise, very subtle movements of the dish, stopping for a few seconds after each movement. PLEASE NOTE Do not scan or search until you have a good signal quality reading (50%+).

If the Signal quality and strength readings are low on screen, but the satellite finder is indicating a strong signal then you are aligned to another satellite, select other available satellites that may be giving a high signal strength like Hotbird 13 E or Astra 1 19.2E, If Hotbird 13E shows high Signal and Quality level readings on screen, you need to turn the dish 14 degrees towards the East to find the Astra 2 satellite, you may find another satellite as you turn the dish, which is Astra 1 19.2E, If Astra 1 19.2E shows high Signal and Quality level readings on screen, you need to turn the dish 9 degrees towards the East to find Astra 2.

Once you have some signal quality and strength, make tiny movements of the dish horizontally and vertically to find the best signal quality.When you have at least 50% signal quality, tighten the dish up, remove the jumper cable and your Satellite Finder, then reconnect the LNB to your satellite receiver. Your dish installation is complete.


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