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Shifting the Satelite Dish For Better Reception?

04-07-2005, 03:19 PM
:confused: Do I need to unbolt my satelite Dish in order to move it slightly in a better direction?What tools do I need if thats the case to unbolt it. Or is the Dish itself able to be shifted a bit to face a certain direction without unscrewing the bolts? I have 2 Dishes..one for HD and the other one for digital channels.Dish 500.

04-07-2005, 10:08 PM
To peak or move a dish 500, 7/16 will do the job.

04-08-2005, 05:32 AM
This is where a meter comes in very handy!!!!!!!!!!

But, w/o a meter, before you loosen any of the 7/16in. nuts, try it this way: Takes at least two people - ona at dish and one at TV(signal strength screen). push/pull the dish slightly in all four directions to see if the signal strength will increase.

if the up/down tug betters the signal, then loosen the two elevation nuts and adjust.

if the left/right tug betters the signal, loosen the two nuts attached to the vertical post. This will let you swing the dish left or right.
Rule # 1 is: Make sure the post is perfectly vertical with a level.


04-08-2005, 07:31 AM
I have to disagree with fred. If your dish was not installed perfectly plum and you go out and make it that way,you may be setting your self up for a service call. Just simply try the minor adjustments that were suggested first. If you do not see any significant signal increase in doing this then you will want to make the mount plum so you can use the elevation and skew settings dead on. :)

04-08-2005, 10:13 AM

This is the meter I use.

04-09-2005, 04:47 AM
Well, Rule #! is still a plumb post!!!!!!!!
If it's not plumb, minor adjustments can be a nightmare.
With post plumb, and the elev and skew set according to your zip code, usually left/right azimuth settings are all that is needed.