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Using a Satgear Satfinder Meter for Non Easy Find Kits

To begin with, we should mention that there are two levels of kit that you can purchase from Satgear. They are categorised as Easy Find kits and Non - Easy Find kits. (Or, Premium and Non Premium kits - but there are other differentiators too). Our Satgear Easy Find kits take the hastle out of finding the satellite. A satfinder is not required for these kits. Whether you want to view the UK channels Astra 28.2 satellite or Polsat on Hotbird 13, or whatever satellite channels you want to watch, Satgear Easy Find is the simple route to take. With a satfinder it's a bit more tricky and requires more patience but you'll certainly get there in the end -with our help at least !

So here we go:

1. Connect up

Firstly connect the LNB OUT on the Satfinder to the LNB on the dish and connect the receiver (your sat box) to the RECEIVER connection on the Satfinder.

2. Set the meter

Note that there are two indicators on the meter to help you recognise the strength of the signal. The needle rises with increased signal, and there is a tone that gets higher in pitch as the signal gets stronger.

There is a small knob which is used to reduce or increase the sensitivity of the meter. Start with the knob fully to the right (most sensitive) and the dish pointing off target. Now move the dial on the meter slowly to the left to the exact point where the tone stops. It will probably be at the point where the needle is around the middle of the meter. If you don't follow this step and the dial is at or close to its maximum level you won’t be able to tell when the signal gets stronger. Also don't think that the needle needs to get to 10 to be locked on. It doesn't!

3. Position the dish manually first to the correct compass bearing and elevation.

The Satfinder is designed to indicate the signal level being received from any satellite which your dish is pointing at. It should be used to fine-tune your dish position once you have it roughly targetted. So the next step is to make sure the dish is pointing in the very close vicinity to the correct satellite using a compass and the elevation markings on the dish to give you the angle the dish is pointing above the horizon. A good guide is to use the website to get the required compass bearing and elevation for your location and required satellite.

Note that the elevation (angle of the dish) varies depending on your location. As a rough guide, for Astra 28.2, the elevation should be around 20 degrees in the north of the UK and 25 degrees in the south. In Paris it should be around 29 degrees. The elevation needs to be set to the markings on the dish but this is only a rough guide.

4. Fine tune the dish position with the Satfinder to get a 'lock on' to the satellite.

With the dish pointing at your text book bearings you should pick up a reading on the meter straight away. Finding the satellite is finally accomplished by trial and error. There are lots of satellites in the sky, one every few degrees, so if you move the dish too much away from your original bearing you will probably be picking up signal from the wrong satellite). You'll most certanly find that when you have the tone at it's highest, it will peak even higher as you adjust the elevation slightly up or down from this position.

Also note that for Astra 2 the LNB needs to be ‘skewed’ clockwise (when you are facing the dish with your back to the satellite) by roughly 8-10mm again depending where you are in the country.

5. Finishing Up

You'll know when you have connected to your desired satellite because you will be able to watch live TV. Once you have finished alignment, tighten the dish mounts securely, remove the Satfinder and connect the receiver directly to the LNB. Finally you can use your receiver to scan for the latest channels being broadcast on your satellite.

Now if you are lucky enough to own a Satgear kit, we are just at the end of the phone to give you the support that you need if you get a bit stuck ;)

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