The most important step in a successful installation is selecting the dish location. Here are a few simple things to look for when selecting the mounting location of your dish.
Clear line of sight
This is where most people make a mistake. There can be no trees or buildings between the dish and the direction and elevation that it is pointing all the way to the sky. Be cautious of the overhang of your roof if you are planning to mount the dish on the side of a structure because the signal comes in higher than the elevation it is set to. When doing your site survey, allow an extra 10 foot circle around the diameter of the dish. This will allow for any fine tuning of the signal.
This is very important if you live in an area where it snows - wet snow can stick to the dish. If you can not brush off your dish after a bad snowstorm, you will not be watching any satellite TV until it melts by itself. It is also a good idea not to place the dish where large amounts if water or high wind gusts can affect it. There are a few aftermarket products that can help such as gortex covers and dish heaters. Just for fun, check out Last Years Model. If bad weather continues to present signal problems, one of these might be a good idea. Remember, a dry dish is a happy dish!
A Safe Location
The dish location should be clear of anyone (human or animal) from easily moving the dish or being injured by it.
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