Dish alignment - signal disappears

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#1
Hi guys, if someone could give me a hand I would be most grateful.....it's amazing how stressful it can be to get this dish in the right direction! Ok, so I am trying to hook up to THOR satellite first (I have a Disecq1.2 motor) so I am swivelling whole unit around on mast trying to get BBC World.....I manage to get good signal but it disappears within 3 or 4 seconds.......am I looking in the wrong place???? Do I need to change elevation? THanks in advance.
 

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#2
You will need to move the whole assembly on the pole (as you are doing) and also the elevation of the dish. What is your longitude?
 
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#3
Thanks for the quick reply. I am 5.28 E in Belgium. Actually, I have been able to find Thor, Yah for me. 12 channels.....is that good? 77% signal and 80% quality. Other satellites are proving to be difficult though. I don't seem to be able to get enough quality and therefore no channels....setup is still wrong huh? Post seems 99.9% vertical. There is a great bloody big house in front of me but that is 20/30 metres away....
 

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#4
nothing simple like trees? i think the rule of thumb is you need twice the distance to clear the height. i.e. 10m tall house. 20m distance.... cts
 

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#5
Also if you are at 5E, then you ought to be setting Sirius 5E as your reference satellite, that being the top of the arc.
 
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oh yeah, that much? @)*$!!!!! I hope the neighbours don't mind if I knock their house and garden down...... I will try Sirius then and try the other satellites off that.....approximately, what degrees should I have the dish for Sirius then?
 

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#7
If you want the exact figures for each satellite, download the Swedish Microwave calculator from www.smw.se got to the downloads section, it will give you every bit of information you need. :)
 
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#8
Cool, the Sirius satellite seemed to do the trick....although I don't seem to be able to get Eurosport on Astra 1 for some reason....70 other channels, but not Eurosport....I have 80% and 90% quality.....? STill the trees?
 

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#10
Definately not....missing Eurosport Germany and Viva at a quick glance, so I can imagine that there are a lot more missing as well...why?
 
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Happy-Buddah

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Is your receiver capable of carrying out a network search on that satellite? That should pick up your missing channels. I've just done a scan of 19E and found 277 fta digi channels.
H-B
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Your lack of channels might be due to out of date transponder information stored in the software
H-B
 
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Actually, all the info is in there as this receiver was set up in the shop. But when I go to Eurosport and press ok I just get a black screen....80% signal quality though. There are 100's of channels like this on Astra 1 for me....
 

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#13
try adjusting the elevation a little bit,your elevation should be about 30-32 in belgium.then do a re-scan of the channels.you should also be able to pick up the dutch channels as well.
 
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Thanks for the reply, but if I adjust those two things, won't I screw up the reception on other satellites?
 
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#16
Anyway...tried it and still seems to make no difference.
 

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#17
This may sound silly, but are yoiu sure that you are pointing at Astra?

Can you give a list of a few of the channels you are receiving?
 

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#18
Cagey1 said:
Thanks for the reply, but if I adjust those two things, won't I screw up the reception on other satellites?
If it does then the dish arch still needs a bit of adjustment - when it's correct you should get most of the main satellites positions (if you have a clear line of sight).
 
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#19
Probably doesn't sound silly because I would have no idea, I think because the receiver was already set up in the shop, all the channels are programmed in there (with right frequency etc) but I just get a black screen, even though sometimes I have 80% quality....ok channels......update!!!!!! You were right......wrong satellite!Thanks for your help!
 

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#20
rolfw said:
If you want the exact figures for each satellite, download the Swedish Microwave calculator from www.smw.se got to the downloads section, it will give you every bit of information you need. :)
That's a very nice program...a bit technical, though.

Here's what I've found, Gorbtrack, very simple to use and very clear.

http://members.chello.nl/~berry.walda/GorbTrack_EN.htm

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