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Do you want to mount your own personal satellite dish? You must be insane! Working at heights, almost certainly without the appropriate equipment and, doubtless, using a ropey old ladder?Sounds like a recipe for a disaster. But when you really must, then go for it. If you're somehow driven to install your own personal satellite system, read on. I will show you how to install it correctly in ten easy steps. The equipment you're going to want: a satellite system and decoder - naturally, RG6 Coax Cable, a good ladder, a satellite signal meter, a compass, a level, an adjustable wrench, a drill, maybe a cordless drill and screwdriver, nut driver bit for your drill, lag bolts, cable ties, and screw clips.

Look at the direction of the neighbour's satellite dish. It should provide you with a great idea of which way your dish ought to be facing in order to pick up the Astra satellite. Generally, in the UK, this angle varies from 20 degrees in the North to 30 degrees in the South. You must have a clear line of sight. Any branches or telephone poles in the way will affect the reception to your satellite dish. Your satellite dish should have a mast. Attach the mast to something solid by using the bolts. e.g. a chimney or a wall. Use your spirit level to make certain of the fact that the mast is level. Place the dish itself onto the mast but don't fully tighten the bolts at the moment. This comes later when you've aligned it correctly. Run the RG6 coaxial cable through the dish and out to the LNBF (Low Noise Block down converter Feedhorn - but you don't need to know that). Now connect the cable to the LNBF and attach the LNBF to your dish. Don't over-tighten the screws at this stage. When you have a good satellite signal meter, now is the time to get it out. They are not massively costly any more and you can buy them in Curry's. Now, connect the other end of your coaxial cable to the meter. Turn the meter on, and when you find a satellite signal, your meter will illuminate or produce a sound to let you know that you've locked on. If you don't hear or see anything from the meter, turn your dish left, right, up, and down to locate it. If you don't have a meter (or you're too tight to buy one) you can still use your TV to find out the signal strength. You'll need to get someone to shout up with the readings. When you finally get the strongest signal, tighten up all of the bolts and screws on the dish. The smart guy leaves the meter on while they do this to make sure it has not moved. Now you can run the coaxial cable from your dish to your satellite receiver. You may find you will want to drop the cable down the front or rear of your property and then drill a tiny hole through the wall to run the cable through. Use the cable ties and screw clips to make sure that you have a nice tidy finish, hiding as much cable as possible. Once you have pushed the cable through the other side to your room, where the receiver is located, simply attach it to your 'Satellite In' port. Connect the satellite receiver on your TV and follow the on-screen instructions to tune it in.


That's it, you are finished. Relax and begin scrolling through the hundreds of channels now appearing in your front room.

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