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# 257396 30-Sep-2019 21:41
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Hi

I’m looking to buy a satellite finder, the question I have is what do I actually need?

I want to align sky / Freeview dishes and TV antennas on new installations and re align existing if need be.

Also has anyone tried the various low cost options from China ?
Hopefully someone with some good experience can point me in the right direction.

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  # 2327379 1-Oct-2019 07:05
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You can get android apps that let you "see" the satellite to line up the dish with




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  # 2335686 11-Oct-2019 16:32
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The phone app's help you get the dish on the correct side of the house and not under a tree but aren't precise enough to get a picture. Dish tolerances are +/-1 degree and you simply can't eye-ball it that accurately.

 

A cheapie will get your dish pointing at "a" satellite, with good enough signal to get a picture, but often aren't great for optimising the dish. With a cheapie you'll need to rely on the receiver to 1) see if it you are aimed at the the right/wrong satellite, 2) to fine tune the dish alignment via the signal quality read out.  

 

If you can't see the TV from the dish or don't have a helper to relay the signal strength on the TV screen to you over the phone, you'll need one of the digital alignment receivers that tune in a transponder and read out the signal strength.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2335737 11-Oct-2019 18:11
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If you mean you want to do this for a living and charge people money then forget a satellite finder.

You need proper equipment, a spectrum analyser

You can do faultfinding with a satellite finder.



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  # 2335741 11-Oct-2019 18:28
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Yes I need a spectrum analyser, would you recommend any brands or models ? What are some key features I should look for ?
Thanks

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