How to Position a Satellite Dish

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The position of a satellite dish differs depending on the geographical location, but using a compass is crucial for getting the proper Azimuth headings. Make sure a dish is pointed at the best angle possible to get a strong signal with help from a certified satellite installer in this free video on satellite TV.

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Hi, my name's Bill Barney. I'm with Community Dish in Pahrump, Nevada. I'm an SBCA licensed installer. That's Satellite Broadcast Communications Association and I'd like to help you with your satellite installation. Compass is paramount when pointing the dish. Compass gives you the actual, what they call Azimuth heading for the dish point itself. You can buy compasses, fairly inexpensive. This is a liquid filled compass, it runs about twenty dollars in most shops. Out here in Nevada, our dish line's are almost due south, it's actually a little on the east side of south, but pretty close to due south. You'll get the actual Azimuth headings at the point dish screen, and that is located in the house, on the TV, through the receiver menu where you'll find those headings. It's important that you have the mast or the pipe that the dish goes on, plum. We have a level, has a magnetic strip on the side. That holds the level to the mast. We've already plummed this mast up. We've slipped the dish on it, but make sure that you have your mast absolutely true and plum straight up and down. Otherwise, all the elevation numbers, the SKU number and the Azimuth number won't mean anything.

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