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Satellite Finder Kit
Finding the correct satellite, when installing or totally realigning a Sky dish can be surprisingly difficult, as several high-power satellites are in close orbital positions to Astra 28.2E, which broadcasts Sky TV services.
A cheap satellite meter with a handy compass makes this task so much easier, helping you to quickly lock onto the right satellite and then adjust the dish for best signal. The Sat Finder Kit also avoids expensive engineer callouts, whilst making optimal Sky dish alignment an easy DIY task.
The cheap Sat Finder Kit (illustrated right) is more than just a satellite meter, as it includes a compass to assist with the initial positioning of the Sky dish.
To connect the meter to your Sky minidish LNB requires a 1 Metre F-Type Male to Male Satellite Cable (not supplied) - so add this item to your order, if needed. Alternatively, if you have some coaxial cable and a couple of F-type plugs, you could make up your own lead.
Power for the satellite dish LNB can be from the Sky box or, if preferred, from the satellite meter battery pack which houses 10 AA batteries (not supplied in the kit).
Don't forget that you will need to use self-amalgamating tape to waterproof the F-connector and its threads, when you re-connect the coaxial cable downlead.
Satellite meters can be awkward to use, but our low cost satfinder is straightforward to hook up and has a clear signal readout.
A misaligned Sky dish will significantly reduce performance in bad weather, leading to signal breakup problems.
The Sky minidish should initially be pointed south east to start the DIY alignment procedure, if you are in the UK. Our Sky dish installation aid will then provide a more exact bearing for the satellite from your location. If you need help and tips for DIY Sky dish alignment, we recommend that you watch this YouTube Video. It shows how to connect and adjust the satellite signal meter and describes the procedure to accurately align a typical Sky minidish.
After you've finished Sky dish alignment with the Sat Finder, the signal quality reading from your Sky box should be greater than 50% and ideally between 60-70% in dry weather, when skies are clear. You may need to find out how to check Sky signal quality in order to verify signal strength and quality after the dish alignment procedure is completed.
To ascertain whether your dish is aligned on the correct satellite check that the Network ID is 0002 and the Transport Stream is 07d4 on the Signal Test menu of your Sky box. This data is correct for Astra 28.2E - the satellite used for all Sky TV and UK HDTV broadcasts.
To buy the sat finder kit from Amazon.co.uk click on the satellite meter picture above. For less than £10, you'll find the satfinder a cheap, easy to use tool which will help you get the most from your Sky box, solving the problem of picture break up during heavy rain and bad weather.