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Dish alignment meter

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by scott T, Aug 7, 2006.

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  1. scott T

    scott T The Nth degree

    Jul 6, 2006
    Can someone recommend a meter that I can use to align a dish?

    I don’t want to spend more than $75-100.
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    look for SF-95, it's cost you $20
  3. Stevies3

    Stevies3 Legend

    Jul 22, 2004
    Long Island, NY
    Acutrac22 PRO, A little more than what you want to spend but saves you from calling for service
  4. samrs

    samrs MANC

    May 30, 2004
    Flat Branch, NC
    I'd use a D11 an television before I wasted any mony on a cheap signal meter.:)
  5. Skip Towne

    Skip Towne Godfather

    Dec 20, 2003
    I think the Channelmaster with the built in battery is the best value for the money. I have the single meter and have used it for 5 years. They cost about $140 new but I see them on ebay for $55-60. I dropped mine 10 feet off a roof onto a concrete driveway and it kept working. Somebody told me they were also good for beating off hostile Rotweilers.
  6. Cap'n Preshoot

    Cap'n Preshoot Godfather

    Jul 16, 2006
    Toward upper end of your budget, but the Accutrac 22 Pro, available on eBay, new, buy-it-now price $99 + 19 ship. I know what you're wanting, and I think this will meet that expectation (won't measure the Ka birds but will get the 101, 110, 119)
  7. bpatt

    bpatt Cool Member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Isn't that redundant? :D
  8. Olevia37HD

    Olevia37HD Banned User

    Jul 12, 2006
    I've used channel master and Acutrac22 and like them both.
    I've tried SF-95 and could never get them to work.
    In NY you will spend more on one service call to have a dish reaimed then you will buying a meter. :eek2:
    So to me its money well spent, nevermind I used to be an installer.
    Good luck.
  9. D-Bamatech

    D-Bamatech Godfather

    Jun 28, 2006
    THE accutrac22 WILL get the HD birds..

    Hit the 13v and then the Attenuation in the menu.= BAM!

    I used the accutrac for yrs (still got it and bought it when they 1st hit the shelf). Now im on a digisat 3 with external battery by choice.

    The AT-9 though... i still use tha "ole whiner".. no digital nothin'.. = a needle and a tone! And definately NOT that cheating azz B-dog BS.

    If a layman wants a good fair priced digital meter.. go on Ebay and buy the Digisat 3. You dont have to get the battery and can get it much cheaper w/o the battery.. Use the voltage from the IRD to feed the meter. The thing isnt even 1" thick hardly and is quit nice for the price. Only has (1) Lnb "in" feed as compared to the Accutrac duel lnb feed.(which i never used anyway on the accutrac). It has practically All of the accutrac features also.

    EdIT: Get the digisat III (black in color) Not that blue Pro version w/ 3 (notice the way THREE is written in otherwards = III VS 3.

    AFTER you guys get a meter.. the next thing IS get a pocket toner. (under 20 bucks). You have these (2) tools and a 7/16 wrench and some sort of way to find azimuth.. you'll Never have to call that 1800 rip off HSP again and pay some 70$ fee for some kid to come ACT like he knows what he is doing.

    That toner will stop you from walking and WILL isolate any trouble you have at the Ground blk, MSW, and rec locations in the isolation of trouble point process with a simple loud tone noise. Most important tool for a sat tech searching for trouble ..period in my opinion (especially when ya get old and up and down a ladder and through an attic and under a house and and.. ect ect.. doesnt seem & Feel so right anymore (lol)... well that ALL goes away with a simple 20$ bill well spent on that toner)
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