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What are some good Satellite Meters?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by lazyman, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. lazyman

    lazyman New Member

    Dec 1, 2012
    I was thinking of buying a Satellite Meter to see how to point my dish. Is this a good idea? If so which ones do you recommend?
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    DISH receivers come with professional installation ... unless there is some reason why you cannot have it installed that is the best solution.

    Should you want to do it yourself you will first need to either buy your equipment online (full price or eBay) including dish, hub or switch (as needed), receivers, cabling etc ... all covered with the installation or somehow convince DISH to ship or deliver the equipment. Getting the equipment from DISH and not getting it installed is NOT an easy task.

    I have a couple of cheap meters but none have done better than the signal strength screen on the receiver. One can buy an expensive meter but most of those are only purchased by professional installers who need it for multiple installations.
  3. RVRambler

    RVRambler Legend

    Dec 5, 2004
    I have to aim my Dish 1000.2 every few weeks or so, and Dish can be very frustrating to aim especially when trees are around, DTV is very easy (MUCH smaller hole needed 99-101-103 vs 110-119-129, big hole!!)

    I use the AcuTrac III+ (I paid $110) (I have seen it with a different names-see ebay) it has 2 modes, 1 specific for DTV (ku-ka band sats) & 1 for generic KU sats (for Dish & others), BUT you can see up to 4 KU sats at same time (only 3 are generally needed for Dish). It also can power the lnbs via batteries !! (meaning you can just take dish and find the sats w/o receiver being connected!! - but I use the receiver to verify correct sats & strengths!!)

    It is NOT a 'smart' meter (very expensive!! - $300-$800), ie- no sat database, it does NOT identify the satellite you are seeing, but with a compass and familiarization it is a snap (if you have clear sky).

    Generally I have satellites in 3-5 mins, done in less than 10, without this meter I have spent an hour (I know 1 guy who has ONLY found sats twice in 1.5yrs-gets others to do it or Dish $$), especially if new location latitude changed much.

    PS: 722k receivers are 'brain dead' for pointing (newer maybe better), it will NOT indicate a sat even when pointed perfectly & very strong signal!! You must 'kick' it by changing sat or transponder - brainless POS - what else is it doing besides trying to find a sat ???? You are in pointing mode no less !!! - brainless POS!! & also is SLOW at giving strength reading!! But then the 722k has LOTS of silly brainless quirks doesn't it!!?? You can tell it was a poor hack job on some weak code base w/o a well designed user interface (poor UI design group me thinks)!!

    Good Luck!!
  4. chaney

    chaney Cool Member

    Oct 25, 2012
    topeka ks
    It doesnt take rocket science to know how to point in a dish network, if your running hd (119, 110, 129) youll need a clearance from 190-230 azimuth, and elevation of 39. if you running just SD (119, 110) you'll need a clearance of 190-200 at a elevation of 42. its very simple once you know the azimuth and elevation. also as far as meters i own a super sat super buddy, I am a dish tech so i had to buy the expensive meter because it can check any type of dish whether it be Kban, DTV, dish, or any other company. it can be regularly updated via a usb cable for the latest sat info. it can check for LNBF drift which is a sign of it going bad, check all transponders signals, verify sat on which your peaked in on, and not to mention comes with all of dish/dtv LNBF models setting so its as easy as selecting the provider, dish model, lnbf model, and turning on the lnbf. that meter ran me $650 through my employer
  5. VDP07

    VDP07 Godfather

    Feb 22, 2006
    Those numbers might work in Topeka KS, but not in NY, where the OP apparently resides.;)
  6. RVRambler

    RVRambler Legend

    Dec 5, 2004
    Apparently it takes a rocket scientist to know that not all Dish users are located in his locale, SILLY! :)

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