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Latest and greatest meter

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by double, May 7, 2010.

  1. double

    double AllStar

    Sep 12, 2006
    Does anyone have any suggestions for the lateast sat install meter. i remember a while back discussing new meters that would get true reading off of new sats. Has anything been released that can sight in and get true signal strength meter for the 3LNB 99 101 103 installs. TIA
  2. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The expensive Super Sat Buddy is more-or-less the king of sat meters right now, but even that meter doesn't stand firmly behind the Ka-band readings. It shows them "for informational purposes" or something, meaning they can't guarentee their accuracy (though in practice, it works fine).

    The only other two meters that can ID satellites (required if you're a pro, IMO) are the Birdog and the MaxPeak SAM or SAM-Lite. The Birdog doesn't read Ka, while the MaxPeak's do.
  3. matt

    matt New Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    If you are just a regular Joe like me and not an installer, I just bought a Acutrac22 Pro MKII. It a slightly improved model of what they used in the D* installation videos for the slimline style dish, so it should be able to do everything you need.
  4. Spoffo

    Spoffo Legend

    Dec 31, 2006
    No meter is as good as a second person with a cellphone in front of one of the TVs reading the receiver's "signal strength" screens (actually, they are signal quality - how clean the bitstream is) for the newer satellites. Using the "splitting the difference" meter method on the training video may get you into the 50-60 range on those guys, but getting everything into the 80-90s requires an eyeball on the TV going back and forth between different sats as you tweak azimuth and elevation. You eventually get to a quarter turn of a wrench either way, and at that level you need to see signal quality, not just raw RF strength.
  5. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    You would be very mistaken about that. There are many situations where a sat meter is invaluable.
  6. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    You couldn't be more wrong if you tried.

    A good meter is worth every penny you spent on it.

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