High Def Forum
Thank you for visiting. This is our website archive. Please visit our main website by clicking the logo above.

Satellite signal strength meter question...

04-22-2008, 07:42 AM
I'm a retired electrical engineer and I'm doing my own D* satellite dish install. I would like to know if anyone here would be willing to lend me or allow me to rent a good signal strength meter for a couple of days. I don't intend to do installations for a living and buying a meter just seems kind of frivolous. I'd be happy to send a deposit to guarantee return, as well as pay any shipping costs involved. Any help would be appreciated.

04-22-2008, 11:49 AM
I used the H-20 receiver signal meter when I installed my slimline dish per the alternate instructions and haven't had any problems.

04-22-2008, 02:29 PM
I agree with Jowi just get a portable TV hooked to your rcvr/dvr with a long coax and take it out in the yard with you. It reads out in some arbitrary units (maybe % or something) rather than -dbm but you can find the peaks and that's all you need. Have fun. :)

04-23-2008, 10:06 AM
Have a friend stand in front of your TV and call you on your cell phone from his cell phone. He can then tell you what the readings are from inside the house while you make adjustments to the dish alignment. Show him how to change satellites so you can check them all.

If you don't have two cell phones use walkie-talkies. This is how we used to do it back in the mid-90s. And we used to think that was pretty high tech. :lol: