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Best Signal Meter for 1000.4 Dish Setup
Posted 04 June 2009 - 11:23 AM
I have a brand new Turbo HD Dish Network package, with the 1000.4 dish, and the VIP211 receiver. I have to do a self-install because of the very remote location (an island where I can't get anyone to install). I'm not too worried, as I used to have DirecTV in the past and setup the dish for that a couple of times.
I have the pointing information from dishpointer.com (Elevation 43.0°, Azimuth (magn.): 193.0°, Dish Skew: 89.5°) and as I'm on an island, I have a clear shot to the direction I need to point. I'm looking to hit 61.5W, 72.7W, 77W. I read through the dish setup instructions and understand it well.
I want to buy a good signal meter, as I have to do this install without any help. Was thinking about the ACUTRAC 22 PRO MKII. Is this going to work well for me? I can get it online for about $100, and don't really want to spend too much more for a meter.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Posted 04 June 2009 - 11:26 AM
I've gotten used to the sat ID of the birdog but for fine tuning nothing beats an accutrac IMHO.
For your limited use it would be perfect. I'd do rough align. USe the IRD to verify you're on the right bird then fine tune.
Posted 04 June 2009 - 11:27 AM
Posted 04 June 2009 - 11:55 AM
The location is a private community on Fire Island, no cars are allowed. You have to take a private ferry to get there, and then only bicycles or by foot. I'd have to pay an installer a tremendous about of travel time to do the job, and it's just not worth that. I'm willing to take the time myself. I know that pointing a three LNB dish isn't a cake walk, but I figure I can handle it...with the right meter.
There are plenty of folks with various dishes but the ones I've talked to have installer horror stories. I heard a story from one resident who said the tech showed up at the ferry dock on the mainland and thought that is where the install was. When he got over to the island, in the middle of the install he said he had to go to the hardware store for something! The hardware store is about five miles away in another community. And he didn't want to ride the bike!
Posted 04 June 2009 - 12:31 PM
Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:19 AM
I want to get one for fine tuning my Directv slimline, and I have family close by that has Dish and I want a meter that would work for Dish as well if needed.
Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:08 PM