: How to properly align your satellite dish - Discussion and Tips
2011-01-12, 09:39 PM
I am completely new to Bell satelite t.v. I am presently wintering in Tucson Arizona, and am having a terrible time trying to set up my dish.
I have a sw 44 switch, I only have the one PVR 9241 at this time and a dish 500 dish with dual LNBF's. Any idea's what I'm doing wrong?
2011-01-13, 05:29 AM
You won't be able to receive the 82 satellite (HD channels) in Tucson, so I would just use the LNB for 91 and forget the SW44.
2011-01-13, 07:27 AM
Stoich; I would cover the 82 side of the LNBF with Tin Foil, then aim for 91. providing Skew is set before aiming, that should be all you need to do.
2011-01-13, 09:25 AM
Pinza, I want to catch both 82 and 91. I can catch both seperate with a single lnb on my Y yoke adapter. but when I change it out for the quad Legacy LNB i lose signal??? Someone had said with the Quad LNB make sure your coaxial cable copper wire sticks out far enough to catch the signal but also the switch inside the lnb?? Does this make sense to anyone.
Thanks inadvance for any replies.
2011-01-13, 01:49 PM
So you are saying that with the Single LNBF in EACH slot on the "Y" yolk you get the correct Bird?
If you do, then run a Check Switch, otherwise, is it possible that the Quad is defective.
The centre conductor should be just proud of the connector, no more than 1/8".
2011-01-13, 06:04 PM
Pinza, That is correct I put on a sigle bird on the Y yoke and get 91 do a check switch and it works Then i move it and pick up 82 do a check switch lose 91 and get 82 With the signal at 87-- I switch the single eye for the quad and lose signal. The quad i bought off of ebay it is used wonder if that is the problem. I will send it back for a new one.
Any thing else I should be doing.
Thanks again for all your help.
2011-01-13, 06:27 PM
When you put on the "Quad" LNB, make sure you are connected to the correct connections, then do a check switch with that LNB. Let us know what you get.
Does it look like this a DPP http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showpost.php?p=682380&postcount=2
2011-01-13, 07:23 PM
That image is a DPP twin, your Legacy Quad should look like this;
2011-01-13, 09:08 PM
I finally got 91 working fine, with about 90%. I still don't seem to be able to find 82. I went to Dishpointer and they said the footprint is available. Any one have any ideas.
Thanks for any help.
2011-01-13, 09:32 PM
If it is available and I for would agree with Peano, that it isn't, then I would say you need a BIG Dish, for 82.
2011-01-14, 05:31 AM
82 does not reach Arizona.
2011-01-14, 06:50 PM
82 does not reach Arizona.
I am heading to Florida in an RV next Month. I will assume 82 can't be seen there either? (sorry I don't understand the map you posted). Will 91 work in Florida though? It must as I see a lot of other canadians down there with ExpressVu dishes.
2011-01-14, 09:33 PM
No for 82 and yes for 91 in Florida.
2011-01-15, 04:27 PM
OK guys this is a weird one to me. I moved into a new house and they had star choice so I removed the dish but left the base and made sure it was plum and install my dual lnb bev dish. I'm from Saskatoon so I made my elevation 27.5 , scew 74.5 and have ran it threw a SW21 switch at the dish. I couldn't find either sat 91 or 82 so I began playing with the elevation and eventual found sat 82 at a elevation of approx 31 degrees even though for Saskatoon it should be 27.5. I have bypassed the switch in hopes of finding sat 91 but cannot with the current scew. I have played with the scew and still can't find it. I have a 95% signal on sat 82. I did hookup the switch with sat 82 connected and the 91 lnb connected to the switch and ran a switch check but it only finds sat 82.
2011-01-15, 04:50 PM
Set the skew and forget it.
If you can hit 82 with the 91 LNBF, you need to be to the Right and Up slightly as looking from Behind the Dish.
Just use a line directly from 91 LNBF to Receiver.
An idea is to use a marker Pen on the Mast and collar so you know where 82 is, then it's about 1/8" - 1/4" to the Right.
2011-01-16, 11:54 AM
Wonder why my elevation is set to 31.5 instead of 27.5? So if I have my sat 82 set to 95% then your saying that 91 will be just to the right, and don't touch scew or elevation after I have found 82 even though my elevation is off?
2011-01-16, 01:32 PM
If you can hit 82 with the 91 LNBF, you need to be to the Right and Up slightly as looking from Behind the Dish. Leave Skew set to what Bell say.
2011-01-17, 11:31 AM
I must have read the Dish Pointer map wrong, I thought it covered Arizona. I'm going to give it one more shot tomorrow and then make do with what I have. Thanks for the help, if anyone can think of anything new, please feel free. Like I said this is the first time owning a dish and the first time wintering here in Tucson. There is so much new to learn, so it could be that I'm easily overlooking something.
2011-01-17, 03:09 PM
Hi, I am currently trying to get a dish set up at my house, the dish install was pre existing(single lnb) when I hook up my receiver(6431) to the dish, I am able to obtain about 77% signal strength on 91 transponder 11. Called to activate the receiver and the receiver then goes to the acquiring satellite signal and never makes progress. My assumption is that the dish needs to be aligned to acheive better than 77%? and on all other transponders? what are transponders? And I also have another LNB the Y adapter and 2xsw21's to put n the dish,If I am getting signal on 91 once I install the other LNB will it just automatically be aligned to 82 as well? Otherwise how could someone align each LNB independantly of each other???? PLEASE HELP!!
2011-01-17, 03:43 PM
Well as you in Toronto I would say 77% is a littel on the low side.
Ensure that the Skew is set for your area.
Peak Signal on 91 (No SW21's in the circuit, direct line from LNBF to Receiver.
Then add 2nd LNBF, SW21's, conect back to Receiver.
Run Check Switch.