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  Reply # 322982 26-Apr-2010 12:33
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More cables gives me more options. Who knows what standards are going to exist in the future. (It will save me digging up the trench if I need more cables). 

I also like to have spares... if something goes wrong with one cable for any reason it is an easy plug swap to correct it.

Same reason why I have spare cables run in my internal walls. ( for example between my stereo/av hub and my TV I have 2 x HDMI, 1 x Components, 2 x network, 1 x infrared, 2 x coax). If a new standard comes out (ie 3d required dual HDMI Cables... then I am relatively future proof without a wall teardown).

I think that I am using one currently, but that goes to two soon for MySky. I can go to 3 for a larger dish and more Satellite channels if I want. 

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  Reply # 322983 26-Apr-2010 12:36
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Interesting... i just haven't known anyone to run multiple cables next to each other before.

When we set up our dish, we just ran one long cable and stuck a 3 way splitter on the end so our neighbour could connect in and we could use one in our bedroom and the other in the lounge.

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  Reply # 324064 28-Apr-2010 10:24
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Regarding sky contractors ( although this was in the UK ) I did once have one that could not do an install. I was on the top floor ( 3rd floor ) and wanted the sky installed on the opposite side of the house to where the dish needed to be installed. The 2nd floor had a deck around it but the sky tech could not do the install due to HSSE saying something about running cables over the roof.

So I simply got my old dish from the old place I stayed Fixed and positioned it ( using only a tv connected to the sky box ) then ran the cables through the attic. not very difficult at all 2x cables across attic to dish = 30 min labour, Alining  dish without meters =30 min. Satisfaction of proving BskyB contractors useless = Priceless.

However back to thedonk's situation : I would try what others have said here apart from chainsaw as the tree is next door and you do not want neighbors to dislike you

I would as suggested walk around the roof with a compass if you have one if not just look in the general direction other dishes are pointed to also taking into consideration the angle from your location to the satellite. This explains it easily http://www.av1.co.nz/satinstall.htm 

The above URL might give you some better insight wish you luck.

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  Reply # 324143 28-Apr-2010 12:43
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you might want to do a bit of testing at dishpointer.com

do you have a shed or some other fixed structure you could put it on that has good line of sight?






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Reply # 325432 30-Apr-2010 20:37
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BREAK THROUGH !! So i called sky and mentioned my problem with the tech and all and told them i wanted someone to come around and tell me exactly where i could put the dish to recieve the signal - they have told me that they will send around a Sky Auditor - apparently someone employed by sky not just a contractor and he will show me exactly what needs to be done. Only problem now is have been waiting 3 days for a call ..... oh well the wheels are in motion - also heres a picture of the tree that is the problem. Thanks everyone for the comments in this thread !!!



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  Reply # 325528 1-May-2010 10:37
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thedonk: BREAK THROUGH !! So i called sky and mentioned my problem with the tech and all and told them i wanted someone to come around and tell me exactly where i could put the dish to recieve the signal - they have told me that they will send around a Sky Auditor - apparently someone employed by sky not just a contractor and he will show me exactly what needs to be done. Only problem now is have been waiting 3 days for a call ..... oh well the wheels are in motion - also heres a picture of the tree that is the problem. Thanks everyone for the comments in this thread !!!

Sounds scary!

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  Reply # 326918 5-May-2010 14:18
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That is a big mofo of a tree, couldn't be positioned any worse I'd say.
It's looking like a biggish pole. How for away from the tree does you section go (in the direction the phot was taken from)?

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