What Is Satellite Finder ? Satellite Director or Dishpointer ? How To Use Satellite Finder Properly?

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A Headend Engineer needs to tune the dishes time to time. Because
sometimes TV channels or Radio channels shifts to another satellite .

So we need to be up to date to deliver continuous services to our subscribers. Even we needs to have some free dishes of C Band and Ku Band for testing purpose and for redundancy.

Do remember that Continuous Backup is very important, if the things comes in terms of satellite dishes or in server configurations.

So Headend Engineer needs to have A to Z path knowledge, from Satellite to Customer end STB. It will help to detect problem in system.

So today in this article we will cover What is Satellite Finder ? What Are Types Of Satellite Finder? How to use it properly Step by Step ?

What Is Satellite Finder ?

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A Satellite finder is a small Standalone Device used to locate or tune the satellites. It is also known as Satellite Director or Dishpointer.

It makes detecting the satellites and tuning them very easy. It is connected with RG 6 cable in between dish antenna and Satellite Receiver.

Traditional Satellite Director gets the external power from Set Top Box’s RF Port. While new satellite Director have in built battery to use.

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As shown above in the photos it is Analog Satellite Director.

Types Of Satellite Finder?

(1) Analog Satellite Finder

Analog Satellite Finder is a passive electronic device. Which needs the external power to do work. This external power is provided by the satellite receiver.

Analog Satellite Director is the traditional way of tuning satellites. It is inexpensive passive device.

Analog Satellite Director shows a pointer which moves from left to right. The series of number increases as we goes to right.

It also gives beep sound for tuning of satellites on our satellite receiver.

(2) Digital Satellite Finder

Digital Satellite Finder is a active device. Which do not need any external power to work.

It is having LCD Screens to show the tuning parameters of satellites TP. It is advanced device because it is having color LCD or LED Screen in which we can see the running programs from satellite with its audio.

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It is very expensive device in compared with analog satellite director. It is have same connectivity like analog satellite directors. It is have both end RF Connectors. One for Dish Antenna and other for Satellite Receiver or IRD.

Digital Satellite Meters are more easy to use because it is user friendly device. It defines the signal strength in digital numbers. It is having Keypad to enter the frequency or Symbol Rate. It also have light indicators to show device status.

It also support Audio Video IN and Audio Video OUT from it dedicated ports.

These meters are also having one more port for tuning of Traditional Antennas.

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How To Use Satellite Finder Properly?

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Tuning of satellites is a bit technical process. You need to tune two angles in this scenario. First try to set the Azimuth Angle then set Elevation Angle.

If we simplify these two terms then Azimuth Angle represents left right movement of dish. While on the other hand Elevation Angle represents up and down movement of Dish.

So first try to set left right position of satellite then set up and down position of satellite for easy and proper tuning.

Lets now discuss step by step how to tune a satellite using Analog Satellite Finder,

Step 1

First of all connect RF cable from dish to LNB input port of Satellite Director.

Step 2

Then Connect other RF Cable from Satellite Receiver to other RF Port of satellite meter. This port gets the power input from satellite receiver and gives the signal to satellite receiver.

Step 3

Now power on your satellite receiver. Then tune your meter’s pointer to on number 2. It done by using the round button on satellite meter.

Step 4

Now move your dish antenna left right try to tune. When you will receive the signal from satellite then your satellite meter will start continuous beeping.

Step 5

Once it gives contentious beep then move your dish little bit up or down for exact position it will also show your pointer have moved to the right. It can shift from 2 dB to 3 dB or 4 dB or 5 dB. Try to fix it on 5 dB as much possible.

These increasing number represents increasing the dB value.

Step 6

So when it rechease to near by 5 dB then make tight your dish antenna here by screws.

Step 7

Now again scroll your round button to left to tune your pointer near by 2 dB or 3 dB again. We are doing this step to fine tune our satellite.

Step 8

Now again move your dish left right or up down little bit only. Then listen the tone for fine tune it will be loud beep. Fix your dish at this loud contentious beep. You will see now your pointer have moved to right.

Step 9

Thus a contentious loud beep as well as pointer’s right side position (high dB) defines the fine tuning of satellite. Which Results strong satellite signals.

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