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Looking to purchase a sat finder. Need some advice!
Posted 11 September 2012 - 04:25 PM
Before when I asked initially some said the Accutracpro2. Is this still a good one to use or has it been upgraded?
I see also that I can get a Birdog that is refurbished for about $250, should I go that way?
Any help will be appreaciated,
Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:31 PM
The technique is basically
- Set the dish skew to its proper value based on your location. Set it and forget it. Do not adjust this later.
- Set the dish elevation according to your location. (We'll fine-tune later.)
- Get the mast as close to vertical as possible. Use the inclinometer (or a bubble level, if you must).
- With the dish loosely mounted on the mast, sloooowwwly scan the sky east to west in the general direction of the satellite(s) you ssek.
- If the elevation is anywhere close and the mast vertical, you will eventually find a signal.
- After getting the best signal according to the meter, tighten the mast bolts a little.
- Torque the dish with your hands, top and bottom, then adjust the elevation accordingly for best signal.
- Torque the dish, left and right, then adjust the azimuth for best signal.
- Repeat the last two steps as needed.
- Tighten all the adjustment bolts.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:41 PM
As for meters, the <$10 finders on ebay work well enough with a DISH dish. With some experience, it takes just a couple minutes to start dialing the dish in with the receiver's meter.
If you're using one of the newer HD dishes, they have vernier adjustment screws that make peaking a whole lot easier.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:50 PM
I think, too, that the most important point for the original poster is that he doesn't need to spend a pile of cash on equipment. Basic tools are quite adequate: a compass, a level, and a cheap signal meter.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:42 PM
Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:14 AM