It really has everything the novice needs to align any satellite dish for optimum reception. Can be used for digital and analogue reception. This kit can save you a fortune in call out charges from satellite installers! Once you get the hang of using this you will wonder why you never gave it a go before! This complete kit is a bargain, it retails in the high street for far more than our price, so grab a bargain!
- Satellite signal meter with moving coil meter, backlit display and audible alignment tone
- Military style compass with fold down lid
- External battery pack for self powering of the LNB for alignment, (more on this later)
- Power attachment cable for the battery pack to power the LNB
- LNB patch lead to connect the LNB to the signal meter
- All housed in a tough carry case with fastening lid for safe storage
- Multilingual instruction book
A satellite dish has two main alignment adjustments, the azimuth which is the left to right or east to west position and the other adjustment is the elevation which is the up and down tilt of the dish. Using the compass you can set the azimuth to the correct value, for example 28.2 degrees east of south for Astra 2D, this is the Sky / Freesat satellite. The elevation is then adjusted to the correct value using the scale on the dish bracket if it has one. If there is no scale then you can copy another satellite dish close by or simply use trial and error. If you initially set the azimuth correctly using the compass then the elevation is an easy adjustment. Failure to set the azimuth correctly will cause you to align the dish on the wrong satellite.
When you have set the approximate position of the dish you can use the satellite signal meter to peak the signal and correct minor errors in your azimuth adjustment. The signal meter has a backlit display and an audible tone to assist alignment. The higher the tone the stronger the signal.
Firstly though, the signal meter needs line power as the LNB will not function unless it has power. This is normally supplied by the satellite receiver via the dish feed cable, however there are two ways to power this meter. Use the line power of your receiver or use the external battery pack and battery power cable supplied. You will need 10 x AA batteries for this purpose. Using the battery pack will allow you to align a dish without the receiver being present and is also useful when aligning a dish when you have no access to the location where the receiver is or for aligning a dish before a satellite receiver is installed.
The next stage is to connect the LNB to the signal meter using the supplied patch cable which has F connectors fitted at both ends. You will hear an audible tone from the meter but if not you need to slowly the move the dish left to right and up and down until you see a deflection of the meter needle and a hear this tone. The alignment procedure is a combination of obtaining a tone and then adjusting the sensitivity control on the meter to reduce the signal sensitivity. You then slightly alter the dish position to again peak the signal and eventually you will obtain the maximum signal strength possible. Finally tighten all bolts on the dish ensuring it does not move slightly when you do this.