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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 30437 8-Feb-2009 18:36
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Where do I start... I am not a complete dummy tech-wise, so I figured I can do it on my own. Let's see... What do I need...

1) A TV. Preferrably, HD-ready at least. Check.
2) A Sky dish with LNB. Check.
3) A receiver. Digitview 2500. Check.
Put it all together. Check.
Scratch my head and ask "What on earth do I do now, given that the signal strength that the receiver is showing me is 30%?!" Check. Embarassed

So, does anyone know where I can find a step-by-step giude to setting it all up (min max frequencies, which transponders to choose, where to aim the dish, etc.) And I really don't want to call someone to do it, simply because I want to learn to do it myself.

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  Reply # 194770 8-Feb-2009 19:27
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Dont ya live in a UHF Freeview area?

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Master Geek

  Reply # 194793 8-Feb-2009 20:44
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I also struggled to find info a few months ago when I was trying to setup one at the beach (vhf / uhf coverage is useless)
Found some info on the caravan / motorhome sites in terms of sat , bearing / elevation to point dish at - these guys align their dishes each time they pull into a site for the night.
Decoder instructions are normally not too flash. I did the following using a working sky setup
1. checked the settings for transponder / sat etc on my working sky at home and noted these.
2. plugged freeview into working dish and got this decoder configured with same sat info, lnb freq etc as sky decoder.
4. Save setting so you know decoder is setup right.
5. Double check that your LNB is the same freq as the one on the working setup - 10.750 & 11.300 are the most common I believe.
6. Dish alignment  : Get a Satfinder kit off TM or borrow one - pointing it in the same direction as everyone elses didn't seem to get the desired results
7. Follow instructions on kit to get dish aligned correctly - this is the fiddly bit , the difference between no signal & full is not much.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 194794 8-Feb-2009 20:44
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Sure do.

Hello, Ground!

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Master Geek

  Reply # 194817 8-Feb-2009 22:32
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BTW - the Satellite Freeview is not HD , only the terrestrial service.

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