Tuning my Satalite dish

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  1. Scuba Steve

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    Hello everyone I have just bought a small satalite dish, Its only a small dish that has the easy find on it, I have s Avtek TV that had a built in satalite receiver in it and I've been told that I can plug the dish directly into my TV delete the satalite mode, and when I press the tune button I do get a red light on the easy tune satalite dish, which looks like it's searching for something, I believe that th Astra 2 satalite is at 28.3 degrees so I ppimt it in that direction and start to move it around so the easy find light shows yellow and then green indicating I have a strong signal? I've now tried for most of the day searching not only the Sky at 28 degrees but probebly the most of the sky in the UK! :) Am I missing something as all I've see all day is a red light and I'm starting to think I've bought a bad system. Myste also has the same TV and dish and we are both doing the same as each other and he also can't get a yellow or green light?

    Cheers Strve :)
     
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    Thats 28 Degrees EAST OF SOUTH... you know. :)
    Not just 28 degrees on a compass....

    :) so just check that it is looking somewhere in the right direction.
    Not familiar with the Avtex built in sat or the dish you have..
    Sure someone will be along to help..
    hope you get it sorted..
     
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    Just as a general guide Astra 2 is roughly in the direction of the sun at about 10.00 am if you have buildings or trees in that general direction then you need to move
     
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    When you have a signal you need to do a full scan with the avtex tv
     
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    The dish itself should also be in an almost vertical position as well I believe. I'm not suggesting you are, but I have seen some people pointing the face of the dish into the sky at 45 degrees.
    Just for info, there are some free sat finder apps for iphones/ smartphones, these give you a general pointer for your dish, you can then fine tune with the easy sat.
     
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    You could be pointing to the wrong satellite or your receiver is set to the wrong one.
    Eutelsat is at the same position and there is another slightly to the east of 28*east.
    Direction is critical.
     
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    Well if you have a smart phone you can download an app that makes life a little easier. I have the iPhone and use an app called Satfinder ( when I have a dish on a pole ), with this app I can place phone on the dish and move it up / down / left / right until it see the UK Sat. Works first time every time.
     
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    152 degrees. 28 degrees East of South, as said earlier..
     
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    Tuning these things is a nightmare! Here's the conversation shouted through the van window.....

    Me: Anything?
    Mrs W: No
    Me: What about now?
    Mrs W: Noooo
    Me: Now?
    Mrs W: No
    Me: Eh?
    Mrs W: I said NO!

    It reminds me of the early domestic TV days when you stood on a chair to get reception!

    Best thing I did was to get a phone app called Dish Align which is free! This gives you an audible 'whistle' and visual picture the closer you get to the correct direction. The app also gives other info, like elevation, skew, satellite identification etc Other good advice from other posters above including, DON'T point the thing at 45deg up into the sky! Dish elevation needs to be almost horizontal (depending on where you are in the world). Move the dish a 'nats' at a time. Milllimeters can make a difference between getting a fix, or not. Practice in the back garden.

    As an afterthought, I take it you HAVE selected 'Satellite' on your TV set and not DTV or Scart!
    Good luck!
     
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    It's worse now as with digital there is a couple of seconds delay with the signal so you can't just move the dish until you get a picture, I use the satfinder app on my phone, as well as the compass setting it can use the camera so you can visually see where the dish is looking to see if there is anything in the way.
     
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    George & Mildred!!!! Alive and Well in Romford. Love it.
     
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    If you set it magnetic 151/2, by using your Iphone if you have one that is, you will be getting a signal that can be tweaked a bit, Do not forget the dish should be roughly vertical as it is set up to give the right angles then.
     
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    Another good app for Iphone is Sat Scope, very easy to use.
     
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