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How To 

How to Use a Satellite Finder



Satellite finders are incredibly useful little machines that are particularly helpful when you’re looking to get a better dish signal. They work by measuring the signal strength of various satellites in geostationary orbit so that you can properly align your dish. Here’s how to use your satellite finder.

1. Attach a coaxial cable from the LNB to the satellite finder.
First, you need to connect the dish and the satellite finder. Do this using a coaxial cable and connect the low noise block downconverter (LNB) to your satellite finder.



2. Make sure the dish is loosened and moveable.
You’ll need to adjust the dish in the next steps, so loosen the nuts that hold it steady. Ensure you can move it on the horizontal and vertical axes (azimuth and elevation, respectively).

3. Begin moving your dish along the horizontal axis.
Following your satellite finder’s directions, move the dish along the horizontal axis until the finder measures the maximum signal strength (different models may display strength differently).



4. Move your dish on the vertical axis.
Repeat the previous step, but this time along the vertical axis. Once again, move the dish until the satellite finder reads maximum signal strength.

5. Lock your dish in place.
Once you’ve achieved maximum signal strength along both the horizontal and vertical axis, tighten the nuts on your dish to lock it in place. You should now have an excellent signal thanks to the power of geostationary satellites.
 

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