How to Improve Dish Network Reception

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Reception quality on your Dish Network satellite system depends on the condition of your coaxial cable, the quality of the connectors and the positioning of your dish. To direct the dish properly, you need to know its elevation and the azimuth positions. The elevation is adjusted vertically, while the azimuth is adjusted horizontally.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Compass

Check Connections

  • Check that the coax connected to your TV set is in good condition and tightly connected.

  • Check the quality and connection of the coax running from your dish to your satellite box.

  • Replace any cable or connector that might be faulty.

Determine Elevation and Azimuth

  • Press the "Menu" button on your Dish Network remote control.

  • Select Option 6, "System Setup."

  • Select Option 1, "Installation."

  • Select Option 1, "Point Dish."

  • Enter your ZIP code in the appropriate field.

  • Move the cursor to the "Satellite" field and enter "110" or "119."

  • Write down the resulting azimuth and elevation numbers.

Set Elevation

  • Loosen the bolts on the satellite dish that hold the vertical position.

  • Move the dish up or down until the correct elevation mark lines up with the elevation pointer.

  • Tighten the bolts.

Set Azimuth

  • Loosen the bolts that hold the dish’s horizontal position.

  • Turn the dial on the compass so that North is aligned with the needle.

  • Read the numbers on the compass dial to find your azimuth number.

  • Turn the satellite dish left or right to face your azimuth. For example, if your azimuth number is 153, turn your dish to face the direction of 153 on your compass.

  • Return to your TV set and the "Point Dish" screen on your satellite menu.

  • Check your signal strength for satellites 110 and 119.

  • Improve the signal by slowly turning the dish left or right in small increments to get the best signal strength.

  • Tighten the bolts.

References

  • "Dish Network User's Guide;" Dish Network; 2005
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