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Old 12-30-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Easy (cheap) Way To Aim Satellite Dish

This is a picture of a baby monitor receiver that my daughter gave me after she no longer needed it. The camera is aimed at my television screen which is tuned to the signal strength screen in the DirecTV receiver satellite set up section. I checked reception on the remote receiver as far as 150' around my 5'er and it worked fine.

This is much cheaper than the expensive meters, especially the ones that work with SWM which I have.

This is nice and works great.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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Now, that is cool.

Thanks, Ed.
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Kool idea... till now I have just been taking my bedroom TV and DVR outside and aiming with them sitting on my truck tailgate...
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Neat idea Ed.

When setting up our Dish a few days ago here in Tennessee I had the hardest time aiming using my Accutek III Meter that I have had in quite some time.

Lots of trees, mountains when I was aiming there were lots of clouds, it took me a longer (about 15 minutes) than usual but I got it.
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Neat idea Ed.

When setting up our Dish a few days ago here in Tennessee I had the hardest time aiming using my Accutek III Meter that I have had in quite some time.

Lots of trees, mountains when I was aiming there were lots of clouds, it took me a longer (about 15 minutes) than usual but I got it.
When it comes to trees I think the best gadget made is the align-a-site.

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I use DishPointerPro on my smart phone to find that hole in trees.
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The biggest problem I found in aligning a dish occurs in heavy tree cover when trying to find a line of sight to the required satellites. I've used a Suunto Tandem for this purpose for a couple of years. It's easily portable while you are dodging tree limbs looking for the LOS, and has no need for a cell phone signal. Like several of the solutions, it is easy but not especially cheap. The Suunto Tandem is a combination compass and clinometer. You use it by sighting on an object at the appropriate azimuth and then sighting on the appropriate elevation; it's pretty easy to see if the "hole" in the tree cover is large enough (or not).
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I use DishPointerPro on my smart phone to find that hole in trees.
Same for me on my iPhone. This app probably save my marriage as the DW would watch the TV and yell signal strength readings out the window. Not a good way to settle into a campsite!

I have a $10 inline signal strength meter which is of some minor help. But I like edatlanta's idea of using a small monitor outdoors, too! Another marriage saving idea!!

I also find the app Dish align to be of some help.
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I use walkee-talkee's, which also come in handy when backing into a site. If your're by yourself, I like Ed's idea.
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Being the tight wad I am, I bit the bullet and bought the Accutek III meter about a year ago for about $130, it powers the dish without the need for connecting the reciever.

As much as we move, it makes setup and getting all 3 satellites peaked pretty easy, for me it was money well spent.
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