DISH Network Satellite Finder
You have subscribed to a fun bundle of HD channels, but the picture on your HDTV just doesn’t match your expectations. Internetlion.com asks you to take the next steps to make sure that you are getting the best from your satellite dish TV. Reviews say that the major satellite TV providers DISH Network®, DIRECTV® and others have excellent professional installation services. Taking advantage of these services is the best recommendation and it’s very easy to do. With DISH Network, from the time you start your satellite setup to within 24 hours, they’ll set up your receiver and satellite dish. DIRECTV can take up to 3 days, but also take your mind off of installation by having professionals do it for you.
Try the DISH Network Satellite Finder
Perhaps you have experienced some bad weather lately. Maybe you did the job yourself and have one of the common antenna installation complications. True pointing can be the problem with your satellite dish. DIRECTV has roughly 11 operational satellites in orbit and DISH Network has 13 of them a little more than 22,000 miles up all traversing west to east. How do you get your DISH Network TV/DIRECTV locked onto the right signal?
Find the elevation and Azimuth. These are the angle numbers you need to pinpoint an object in the sky (like a DISH Network TV/DIRECTV satellite in orbit) from an object on earth (like your dish). Once you get these digits, you will use the elevation number to raise and lower your satellite dish. The Azimuth figure is for adjustments left and right. You don’t need to calculate the elevation and the Azimuth for your satellite dish. DIRECTV has a Dish Pointer page that allows you to find these calculations by simply entering your zip code into a box. DISH Network has a downloadable chart that lists all the zip codes and provides the correct angles.
What A DISH Network Satellite Finder Can Do For Picture Quality
Knowing the elevation and Azimuth are really a starting point. For some, simply lining up these angles may be enough. However, experience shows that you’ll need to make further incremental adjustments to your dish. TV reviews and lots of shouting back and forth is the comical and typically accurate scenario. What we’re using to gauge our progress is the DISH Network or DIRECTV signal strength meter. You’ll need 2 people. One person must monitor the DISH Network TV/DIRECTV signal strength on screen and one will make the small dish adjustments.
The key is not to stand in front of the dish. TV reviews will show no progress. Rather stand behind it when turning it about 15 degrees left and right of your Azimuth figure. Take care to pause at each increment you want appraised or you’ll only be passing over signals. You are trying to get the highest number in DISH Network or DIRECTV signal strength. Once you find the strongest signal, lock on it by tightening the collars back up on the satellite dish. DIRECTV and DISH Network TV reviews say that customers find the equipment easy to install on their own. However, fine-tuning is necessary, not only at the beginning but also regularly after inclement weather.
If you still have trouble with your DIRECTV or DISH Network TV signal strength there is the option of a DIRECTV or DISH Network satellite finder. A DISH Network satellite finder is a personal meter measuring signal strength that comes in digital or analog varieties. The analog version is simple, inexpensive at about $10-$25 and shows the strength of received signals. You use the elevation and Azimuth figures to point the satellite dish. TV reviews aside, instead, you use the analog DISH Network satellite finder to check the signal strength.
A digital satellite finder is higher in price, averaging over $300. They take you one step further than analog DISH Network or DIRECTV signal strength meters by having the coordinates of the most sought-after satellites already in them. More than letting you know you have come across a satellite, the digital satellite finder knows which one you’re pointed at. Whether that’s worth the high price tag, is up to you and your search for the best possible picture quality. If you would like to read more, we recommend the article about the truth behind the magic of satellite TV reception.
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 03/01/2010.