This last trip was very enjoyable compaired to the first two. This time I bought a Dish TV "dish" and receiver but having trouble setting it up. The dish I got has 3 LNB's and can't seem to get it set right. Has anyone got a step by step method someone can share. I know nothing about this stuff at all, hate to be a lame brain but that's the way it is!
Not familiar with Dish, just DirectTv but did you go into the setup menu of the receiver and select the type of dish you have? I know that is necessary with Direct, also make sure the mounting shaft is plumb. HTH.
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I had to use the Winegard Satelite Finder to locate the SAT in the southern skies...
This unit has a level adj and you set it just below the tone sound. When you move the dish across the SAT signal it will increase in signal strength and also make a sound. Keep moving the dish until you get the strongest signal. i.e. keep turning the ADJ GAIN down while peaking up on the signal. It will max out when you get exactly on the signal with the lowest setting.
Its been too long since I have done this but you have to use a certain SAT number to tune with. Your setup screen should tell you all of this...
This unit connects in-line with the RG cable right next to the DISH on one of the SAT LNBs.
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Looking at the LNBs from the *backside* of the dish left to right:
For a 1000.2 dish (DISH network 3 LNB receiver), you need to use either dishpointer.com or the ZIP code prefix based Elevation/Azimuth/Skew readings in the printed installation manual. The aiming points provided through the receiver menu are NOT correct (they are for a Dish 500 system).
I don't use a SatFinder, mostly because it doesn't tell you what satellite you're actually looking at. I use the DISH receiver Point Dish function, a pair of walkie talkies, my DW, and most importantly a quality tripod/stand.
In conjunction with your tripod/stand instructions, set your Elevation/Azimuth/Skew according to what the manual or dishpointer.com indicates. Be precise.
Menu 6-1-1 puts you in Point Dish mode. Set Transponder to 11 and set the Satellite to 119. This ensures the system is only "looking" through the 119 LNB. Check signal strength for each 2 degrees you move the dish. Be PATIENT! Sometimes it can take up to 4 seconds to find a signal at a particular azimuth or see a strength difference between one azimuth position and another. This is an advantage to using a Sat meter device, as there is no lag compared to using the receiver box.
When you get a signal, make sure you're tuning in to EchoStar 119 West. If the receiver shows EchoStar 110, move the dish to the right about 9 degrees (more azimuth). If you're tuning to EchoStar 129, move the dish to the left about 10 degrees (less azimuth).
If you peak 119 (say at least 55), 110 and 129 should fall into place automatically.....provided your dish isn't warped and your LNB arm is straight.
Once you've got peak signal on EchoStar 119, pull back on the top of the dish and see if the signal gets stronger. Then push it forward and see what happens. Again, be PATIENT and wait a few seconds for a result. Depending on what happens, either raise the front or rear of the stand to compensate and peak the signal.
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Save yourself a lot of frustration and buy a satellate finder. A couple of walkie talkies is helpful so you don't have to yell at the person inside the trailer. When you get one satellate, slowly move the dish to align for the other two satellates.