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Adding a Dish for Better Television Viewing

Satellite InstallationNew satellite TV subscribers are able to start enjoying their new service after a brief visit from a technical installer to complete the satellite installation process. The installer will arrive in a van with a ladder rack, supplied with all of the expected equipment and accessories needed for that day’s scheduled route. Installations are routine procedures, and a new subscriber can expect arrival within the estimated time window.

All of the TV satellites are in orbital positions above the equator, providing the ideal method for receiving television signals. The outside dish will be aimed to the south at the satellite providing the subscriber package. The installer has a great degree of flexibility in selecting a location for the dish and can choose a roof installation or a mast installation.

Regardless of installation choice, two essential angles are calculated and utilized to aim the dish.  Both angles are location-specific for the individual building structure.

  • Elevation is the angle of the satellite above the southern horizon.
  • Azimuth is the degree of offset to the southeast or southwest, essentially a compass offset.
  • The dish is aimed at the intersection of elevation and azimuth.
  • A roof installation entails securing the small dish on the surface of the roof with bolts. The installer will use a signal meter to tune the dish even more precisely to ensure the absolute maximum signal strength. The subscriber will be consulted to determine the ideal location for coaxial cable to enter the structure through a tight, weatherproof sleeve. A receiver or digital video recorder, along with accessories such as splitters or switches, will then be added to complete the satellite installation.

There may be a reason for choosing an alternative mast installation. Heavy tree canopies on the south side of a structure may prevent adequate signals from reaching the roof. In that case, the dish could be mounted on a metal mast pole a short distance from the structure. The dish would be mounted a few feet above the ground, allowing for easy lawn maintenance.

Satellite TV technicians are capable of producing several quality installations per day, but they are also trained in the nuances of subscriber relations. The installer is taught to listen to any customer comments relating to the installation and to address those concerns accordingly. The shared goal is to produce a satellite installation that will provide uninterrupted viewing satisfaction.