How to AIM a Sony Dss Dish: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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After mounting a Sony DSS satellite dish, you'll need to aim the dish antenna accurately to align it with the broadcast satellite and receive the satellite TV signal. The Sony DSS system comes with an onscreen location-finder and signal strength meter that will help you to aim the dish precisely, but you should ask a friend, neighbor or family member to help you by reading out the signal strength information from the TV screen while you're outside refining the aim of the Sony DSS dish. To watch digital-satellite TV programming after installing and aligning the dish, you need a subscription to a satellite provider with a viewing card to unscramble the signal.

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    Find Your Location:Before physically aiming the DSS dish, locate the correct azimuth and elevation coordinates for your exact geographical location. To get this information, first set up the Sony DSS receiver set-top box that came with your satellite system. With the TV set and satellite receiver switched off, plug the RG6 coaxial cable feed from the DSS dish into the "Satellite In" jack on the back of the satellite receiver and then connect the satellite receiver to your TV set with coaxial cable. Plug the power cord into the satellite receiver and power on both the satellite receiver and the TV set. Tune the set to Channel 3 or 4 to view the output from the receiver. Press the "Menu" button on the satellite remote control to access the main onscreen menu and go to "Setup Menu" and then "Antenna." Select the "ZIP Code" option and enter your code in the box with the numeric keypad on the remote control. Write down the azimuth and elevation coordinates displayed on the screen.
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    Set the Dish Antenna's Elevation Heading:After writing down the azimuth and elevation coordinates, leave this menu screen displayed on the TV set because it also includes a signal strength meter that you need while adjusting the dish. Access the dish site safely with a platform or ladder and use a wrench to loosen the four adjustment bolts on the back of the antenna by just enough to allow you to move the dish. Use the elevation coordinates you wrote down to move the dish to the correct elevation heading, which is marked on the dish mount. Secure the adjustment bolts but don't overtighten them, as you might need to make further adjustments when you fine-tune the alignment.
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    Set the Dish Antenna's Azimuth Heading: Now that the dish is pointing at the correct elevation, adjust the azimuth heading to lock the dish onto the broadcast satellite. Use the wrench to loosen the two mounting bolts that secure the dish to its pole or mast. Place a magnetic compass on the dish arm and slowly move the dish to the correct azimuth heading using the coordinates you wrote down earlier and the read-out from the compass to get an accurate bearing. Secure the bolts but don't over tighten them. The dish should now be aligned correctly but even a tiny misalignment can affect satellite TV reception so you will probably need to fine-tune the dish for optimal reception.
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    Fine-Tune Dish Alignment With the Signal Seeker:The Sony DSS dish comes with a Signal Seeker LED indicator on the end of the dish arm below the LNB block. The indicator light flashes once every 10 seconds when no signal is received and between one and 20 times a second when it receives a satellite signal. Loosen the mounting bolts again and rotate the antenna slowly in increments of 1/16 inch each time, leaving 10 seconds between each rotation. Continue this until the Signal Seeker shows the strongest nonstop signal. Now loosen the four adjustment bolts to fine-tune the dish elevation, moving the dish up or down in increments of 1/16 inch every 10 seconds until the Signal Seeker shows the strongest signal. After finding the strongest signal, secure all mounting and adjustment bolts tightly.
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    Further Fine-Tuning With the Signal Strength Meter:The onscreen signal strength meter shows the strength of the received satellite signal on scale of 0 to 100 with 100 representing maximum signal strength. Use the signal meter to further fine-tune the dish alignment. Your assistant will come in handy during this procedure. Ask him to read out the results from the onscreen signal strength meter while you make these small adjustments to the dish's elevation and azimuth.

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