How to Install a C Band Satellite Dish


Challenge yourself to install your C band satellite dish. C band describes the wavelengths of microwaves used for satellite communication. The microwaves also support Wi-Fi devices and cordless phones. Your C band satellite dish will receive signals ranging from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz when positioned properly without interference. Choosing the perfect site for installation remains imperative. Refer to the User's Manual when assembling the dish. Be sure that all of the parts of the C band satellite dish are present. Especially, look for the LNB arm and feedhorn. Be patient. Complete assembly and installation of the dish might take a few days or more.

Things You'll Need

  • Feedhorn
  • LNB
  • User's Manual
  • Survey the site to find the perfect location for grounding the pole of the dish. Select a location that is free of foliage and any other obstructions. Remember that you will need to reserve room to anchor the dish.

  • Plant the dish. Use a well-anchored, solid base to position the dish firmly. Concrete works best. Test to establish which direction works best. Use braces to help establish the dish.

  • Assemble the dish. Secure all nuts and bolts to proper positions with a screwdriver. Be sure that the dish maintains uniform shape; measure if needed. Be careful not to over tighten.

  • Mount the LNB arm and feedhorn. Center the scalar ring, the ring supporting the feedhorn, with the dish. The ring needs to be parallel with the bottom of the dish. Mount the LNB arm to the wave guide. Be sure that the wave guide fits into the center of the scalar ring of the LNB arm.

  • Connect the actuator arm, or dish mover, to the dish. Be sure that the actuator arm is properly rated for the dish. The actuator arm should push the dish into position.

  • Align the dish. First, determine the declination figure for your area and latitude of your installation by using a map; contact your local area telephone company for assistance with the declination angle. Use the figures to align the dish.

  • Install the IRD or "integrated receiver/decoder." Go to the menu and press "Options" to select the "Actuator" and LNB type. Select "standard" for the feedhorn. Select "East/West" limits to program the satellite.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using the azimuth adjustment during the installation. Be more concerned with getting the correct figures for the declination angle and latitude for your local area. Remember to speak with an agent from your phone company.
  • If you run into problems, don't hesitate to contact the manufacturer's customer service line.

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