How do I fit a Satellite Dish to receive FREESAT? - Freesat Spares

How do I fit a Satellite Dish to receive FREESAT?

Freesat is a subscription-free satellite TV service in the UK that provides a range of channels and services. To set up a satellite dish for Freesat, you'll need to follow these general steps. Keep in mind that specific details might vary based on the dish and receiver you're using, so consult the manuals that come with your equipment for precise instructions.

1. Acquire the Necessary Equipment:

  • Freesat-compatible satellite dish: Purchase a satellite dish designed for Freesat reception. The size of the dish will depend on your location and the signal strength in your area.
  • Low Noise Block Downconverter (LNB): This device is mounted on the dish and receives the satellite signal, converting it for your receiver. Make sure it is compatible with Freesat.
  • Satellite receiver: Get a Freesat-compatible receiver or a Freesat-enabled TV.

2. Choose the Right Location:

  • Install the dish in a location with a clear line of sight to the satellite. Avoid obstructions such as tall buildings or trees.
  • Use a compass to find the general direction of the satellite you're targeting (Astra 28.2°E for Freesat).

3. Mount the Dish:

  • Assemble the satellite dish according to the instructions provided.
  • Attach the LNB to the arm of the dish. The LNB should face towards the center of the dish.

4. Align the Dish:

  • Connect the satellite dish to the satellite receiver or TV.
  • Turn on the TV and receiver, and access the signal strength/quality display on your receiver.
  • Have someone assist you by watching the signal strength/quality display as you adjust the dish.
  • Slowly move the dish horizontally and vertically until you find the strongest signal. Tighten the dish's nuts and bolts once you've found the optimal position.

5. Fine-Tune the Signal:

  • Use the receiver's menu to fine-tune the signal.
  • Aim for the highest signal strength and quality.

6. Secure the Installation:

  • Once you have a good signal, secure all nuts and bolts on the dish to prevent misalignment due to wind or other factors.

7. Test the Channels:

  • Scan for channels on your Freesat receiver to ensure you're receiving all available channels.

8. Weatherproofing:

  • Consider using weatherproofing materials to protect connections and the LNB from the elements.

Parts Checklist:

  • Freesat-compatible satellite dish
  • LNB (Low Noise Block Downconverter)
  • Satellite receiver or Freesat-enabled TV
  • Coaxial cables
  • Compass
  • Wrenches, screwdrivers, and other basic tools
  • Weatherproofing materials, such as Self-amalgamating tape. 

Always refer to the specific manuals that come with your equipment for detailed instructions. If you're not confident in setting up the satellite dish yourself, consider hiring a professional installer.

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