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Satellite alignment help

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by rrt4703, Aug 9, 2006.

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  1. Aug 9, 2006 #1 of 10

    rrt4703 New Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    I am helping my uncle replace his directv dish with a new one. We can’t seem to get it lined up. It is on SAT 101 and we are getting erratic signal changes from 0 to 90. I think it is looking at the wrong bird, but not sure witch way to go with it. Any help would much be appreciated.
  2. Aug 9, 2006 #2 of 10

    samrs MANC

    May 30, 2004
    Flat Branch, NC
    0 to 90 on which transponder?
  3. mjones73

    mjones73 Icon

    Jun 20, 2006
    And which dish are you installing?
  4. rrt4703

    rrt4703 New Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    transponder #1 and all I know is a 3 LNB dish
  5. Jhon69

    Jhon69 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2006
    Central San...
    It's a good thing to save money but when it's comes to installing a small dish you
    are not going to get satisfaction unless you put a birddog inline to tweak and peak the dish.I would call an installer.
  6. mjones73

    mjones73 Icon

    Jun 20, 2006
    You don't absolutely need a birddog to install a Phase III dish, I do recommend you put a small TV and receiver somewhere you can see it while you are aiming though.

    The instructions for aiming a Phase III are here

    It's important that your mast is level before you do anything. Start with the Azimuth, Elevation, and Tilt settings your receiver gives you during set up and go from there. I set mine up and slowly rocked it back and forth on the mast a couple degrees til I got a signal and if I didn't get anything, changed the elevation a degree and tried again til I got a locked then fine tuned from there.
  7. STEVED21

    STEVED21 Godfather

    Feb 6, 2006
    Can you put a phase III dish on a previously installed 18" dish?
  8. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    You an put a phase III dish on an 18" dish mast, if that is what you mean. But as was noted, make sure it is properly installed first - that is is perfectly plumb. Otherwise you will have problems aligning the phase III dish.

  9. bpayne

    bpayne Legend

    Oct 24, 2004
    What kind of receivers are they? If they're D11s, fluctuating signals between 0 and 90 means that you aren't pointed at anything- for some reason they display "null values" in this manner instead of '0'.
  10. Cap'n Preshoot

    Cap'n Preshoot Godfather

    Jul 16, 2006

    with all due emphasis on the words PERFECTLY PLUMB

    On any multi-sat dish you just cannot over-emphasize the vital, critical importance of the mast being absolutely dead-level plumb.

    There were so many alignment problems with the old (first) 3-LNB dish that D* incorporated a bubble-level device into the mast for the later ones as well as all the new AT9 dishes. It's there for a reason.
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