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# 91936 23-Oct-2011 21:53
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Hello everyone! What a nice forum you guys have going on here. Anyway, on to business. I have a satellite dish and Freeview receiver that I simply cannot get to work, at all.

My receiver is a Satlink 2800. Both the dish and the receiver were working at another house, were they were installed by a technician. I, however, have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I have set the LNB frequency on my receiver to 11300 MHz (as my LNB is the short bar shaped one), and I am currently (apparently, according to the receiver) getting a ~60% 'Level' and 5% 'Quality'. I have pointed my dish in approximately the correct direction (I have looked at many sites, and there are other dishes I can look at and see they are pointing the right way on other houses). Nothing I can do changes the 'Level' - I have even rotated the dish 45 degrees and still no change.

I have set it the receiver to Optus D1, the TP to 12483 H 22500, and even purchased a nice cable to go from my LNB to the receiver! 

I am cluless, so any and all help would be great. I can provide any necessary info. Thanks a lot! Laughing

Here is the Satlink 2800 user manual, just in case it helps: http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/downloads/Satlink_2800_usermanual.pdf

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  # 536816 23-Oct-2011 23:30
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The problem is probably the orientation of the dish. I think the 2800 has a built in signal strength meter, so you can use that to help you point the dish. You may need a helper to shout out numbers to you. You could also get an inline level meter for about $25 (called a "sat finder" or something similar). That is fitted temporarily at the LNB end of the cable, so is more convenient. As well as pointing the dish, you need to adjust the LNB skew, that is, the degree of rotation it has around its axis in its mounting bracket. You can also alter the distance from the LNB to the dish a little to get the optimum signal level.

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