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DISH Pointing Guide

If you use a dish that has to be manually pointed to get your DISH service outdoors (such as a dish mounted on a tripod), you will need to repoint the dish when you get to a new location in order to properly receive a signal. We just need to know the ZIP Code of your new location and the satellite dish model you’re using in order to determine the correct angles.

ELEVATION SKEW AZIMUTH

To set elevation:

  1. Adjust the elevation angle marker (indicated in the diagram below) up and down to get to the correct angle
  2. Tighten the bolt just until tight

To set skew:

  1. Adjust the skew angle marker (indicated in the diagram below) left and right to get to the correct angle
  2. Tighten the bolt just until tight

To set azimuth:

  1. Use a compass to find the correct angle and move the plumb mast (the pole on which the dish is mounted) until the dish is pointing at that angle
  2. Check your signal strength (anything over 40 is a good signal) and make any fine-tune adjustments necessary
    • a. To find your signal strength on a Hopper or Wally receiver, go to Menu > Settings > Diagnostics > Dish
    • b. To find your signal strength on a ViP receiver, go to Menu > System Setup > Installation > Point Dish
  3. Tighten all hardware
PointingAngle
Piece of Dish Description
1 LNB Receives and transfers signal
2 LNB Arm Arm from the dish to the LNB
3 Elevation Angle Marker Angle marker where the dish can be moved and tightened for the up and down (elevation) angle
4 Skew Angle Marker Angle marker where the dish can be moved and tightened for the rotation (skew) of the dish
5 Plumb Mast Pole the dish is mounted on

Note: Azimuth is not pictured as it is a full movement of the dish based upon the compass angle rather than a movement of a piece of the dish.

For detailed video instructions on how to complete this setup, our partners at dishformyrv.com have created a comprehensive playlist of YouTube videos that outline every step of the process. View all 12 videos on YouTube.