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We've tried another brand of sat finder and we aren't having much luck with it. Has anyone tried the sat finder sold on the Shaw Direct website? It's the $19 item with the Shaw name on it. I wondered if it would work any better with a Shaw dish and receiver. We spent $40 on the other Sat finder, to order Shaw's would end up being another $30 with shipping. (And where we live, Purolator does not provide us with good service...it can be done, but it's a nuisance.) If we could be sure it would work any better, we wouldn't mind, but we're not anxious to spend another $30 to find it's not any better than what we have.
 

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I don't think that would be worth doing. It's just a basic meter. Nothing special about it. All you get is signal strength. Not sat id or anything.
 

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Unless I am missing something, those provide the coordinates, not detect what signal the dish is receiving, and how well, which is what onyx45 seems to be after.
 

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I've honestly had the best results aiming dishes using dishpointer.com coordinates, a compass, and a plumb mast. Smartphone apps are really just useful to ensure you're setting up where there's LOS.
 

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All these meters priced at under $50 essentially work the same where they will measure the level of energy currently being received by the LNBF when connected inline with your satellite receiver. We carry one at $14.99 and it works fine for Shaw Direct assuming your angles are correct and your post is plumb.

Please note that these meters will indicate signal from any strong satellite so it is possible to aim at the wrong satellite when using it. Meters that only show signal when receiving a specific satellite are more expensive and can range anywhere between $100 to $975.

The SatHero SH-200 meter that we carry at $149 works very well in receiving Shaw Direct signal and is rechargeable so you don't have to have your receiver connected when aiming. I can personally aim a Shaw Direct dish in less than 30 seconds when using this meter.


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:) Yes tvmaster but I think some people can't put a little TV near there sat dish to watch it when they move the dish.
 

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Doesn't using a receiver and TV give a very slow response to changing signal strength as well? Like many things, there are other ways but the correct tools make most jobs much quicker and easier.
 

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Yes, your receiver has a signal meter. It may be impractical for some to bring a receiver and TV out to the dish. Doing the cell phone/two-way radio thing is even slower.

One thing I have done is connect my FM transmitter to audio out on my receiver, to basically aim a dish.

But as I said a dish pointing app or website are different tools than a signal meter of any sort.
 

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Okay yes tvmaster good point!! But some people don't have a spare person with a cell phone ether!!

I'm sure sat finders are very nice but for those of us who only have one or two dishes its too much money.
 

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Okay yes tvmaster good point!! But some people don't have a spare person with a cell phone ether!!
If you are fortunate enough to have two pieces of hardware that can video call with each other (Facetime/Skype), propping one of them up to view the signal level screen on the TV and taking the other out with you works quite well, I have found.
 

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Slingbox stream video from receiver to your wifi router. Use wifi device like your battery laptop PC to receive the video at the dish. Some delay is introduced, but that forces you to move the dish using slow push-pause method which is best anyway.
 
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