Use the Correct Cables.
The most important part of the installation of your dish is the cable that runs between it, and your receiver. Use RG6 coax. Other grades of coax might work for a while, but could cause problems after a while. Do not use cable extenders (barrel connectors) in this connection. They are designed for off air and cable signals. They are not designed for the 13 to 18 volts that your receiver sends back up the cable to the LNB on the dish. See the Troubleshooting section for more help with this.
Aiming your dish antenna
This can become the most frustrating part of the whole dish installation. If you have installed the dish in an area with a clear line of sight, and used RG6 grade coax cable, here are a few pointers to help tune in the satellite.
Verify the Azimuth and Elevation
The satellites are "parked" approximately 35,500 kilometres above the equator. They travel from west to east at the exact speed of the Earths rotation. (This is a geostationary orbit.)
Try our Azimuth & Elevation Calculator to look up Azimuth and Elevation for locations throughout North America. If you are not using a compass to determine the correct azimuth, you should at least be able to set the dish to the determined elevation and swing the dish through the south sky to find your satellite signal. You may see two or three satellite signals, so be sure to select the one that is identified on your TV as your service provider.
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