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CTS Systems Satellite Installation is your true and reliable friend for all satellite related stuff – from new installs to replacing or repairing old existing satellite dishes. With us, you can also find all self-install equipment for the DIY installer who wants to fit the equipment their self.

You may not want to look around your house for suitable positions for the satellite dish? Our qualified and fully insured satellite dish installers will consult with you on site to consider the best and most suitable solution for you on the day. Therefore, he will be able to advice on which positions are both appropriate for reception and suitable for safely fixing the dish in place.

Today’s newer satellite dishes are smaller, and the technology has changed over the years, as well as the installation techniques. There’s no need to destroy your home or properties fine looks nowadays. Things are far cleaner and tidy looking with modern rust proof dishes. We have a solution and for those of you living near the sea or coastal areas where the salt in the sea air could rust out a standard satellite dish in as little as 12 months on some cases.

Depending on your property positioning, we can make it virtually vanish into its surroundings. Different and flexible fixing options mean that it can be placed in a wide range of positions on your home or in your garden.

Choosing the Site for Installation

When choosing the installation site, the first thing you need to do is to provide a clear “line of sight” to the satellite. There can be no obstruction between the dish and the satellite, like buildings, tree branches, or something bigger.  So, if you want a clear signal, select an outdoor site with an unobstructed view of all corners of the World.

So, your dish must be positioned correctly. The exact direction that your antenna will have to be pointed is dependent upon your location.

Antenna must be pointed carefully to receive the satellite signal, so, if done correctly, your antenna will permit unimpeded satellite reception.

And for our regular DIY customers, here are a few tips how to position your dish:

Ensure that you are at an adequate distance away from any metal object that may give you a false compass indication. As you hold the compass, allow the compass needle to stop moving. Once it has stabilized, the arrow or red end of the compass needle should point toward the North.

Since 0 degrees on the compass denotes north you can now locate the compass azimuth bearing on the compass scale. You will probably note that the direction of the satellite, as indicated on the angle calculation or data sheet, is somewhat towards the South. That direction is the physical direction that the dish will have to be pointed.

When choosing the right positioning, consider the elevation angle of where you live. Keep in mind that 45 degrees is halfway between 0 degrees and the horizon while 90 degrees is straight up. If while looking in that direction, given both the compass azimuth and elevation for your location, you do not see any obstacles, that location should be adequate for the placement and installation of your dish-antenna.

Dish Alignment

Place your satellite receiver and television set close to the dish during the dish alignment procedure.  But, if you face some difficulties, you may need a helpful person to relay information seen on the screen of the TV when the dish is being aligned. Do not turn the power on until all the cable connections have been made. Your television would have to be set to the channel you selected, in order for you to receive the programming. If the audio/video/SCART outputs are used, your television typically would need to be switched to the “video” input mode.

Now turn on your receiver and television. Use the on screen menu to locate the signal strength meter on your television.

Elevation – This is the satellite signal beam inclination that reaches the dish. It is measured in degrees. To adjust it, you must have a look at the numbers on the rear side of the dish. Make sure that its signal covers your area.

Polarization / LNB Skew – The polarization is the LNB rotation respect to ground. It is measured in degrees.

All this data depends on two factors:

  • Your geographical location
  • The position of the satellite you want to point to.

To find out more give us a call on 083 423 6515 or 053 915 6792 to arrange a no obligation site survey.