Point your dish to the southeast.
Whether you moved to a new location, something bumped your dish, or you travel in an RV, knowing point your Direct TV satellite dish can come in handy. One basic fact with Direct TV is that you need a fairly unblocked view of the south. With this information, a little time and know how, you can save yourself a bit of money by avoiding a service call.
1. Point the dish in a general southern direction. Direct TV satellites are located in south, so this will save a bit of time.
2. Turn the TV and satellite system on inside the house. Select menu on the remote and scroll down to the system set up button.
3. Select System Setup and move the arrow keys until the zip code button is highlighted. Type in the zip code and select ok. The system will analyze your location and give you directional instructions. You can also key in exact latitude and longitude co-ordinance if you know them.
4. Look at the information provided on the screen. You will be given a number for elevation, azimuth and tilt. The azimuth is the directional co-ordinance of north, south, east and west. With north being 0 and south being 180, typically the number with be anywhere from 135 to 225, which covers southeast all the way to southwest. Rotate the dish to point in this direction. Use a compass.
5. Adjust the elevation by loosening the nuts that hold the dish in place and keep it from moving up and down. There are degree markings on the dish that shows you where to move the dish. The elevation number ranges from 0 to 90, with 0 being horizontal and 90 being straight up. Once adjusted re-tighten the nuts. Adjust the tilt in the same way. Use the numbers on the screen and loosen the tilt nuts. Move the dish and tighten the nuts back.
6. Move from the install screen to the signal screen to fine tune the signal strength. Select satellite A to fine tune the aximuth and use a transponder number ranging 1 through 6. You will need two people for this, or you will be going in and out of the house a lot. Move the dish to the left or right a few degrees and then look at the screen to see the signal strength. Pause in between moves so that the reciever can update. Put a mark on the main pole and the dish post that sits on it so that you will know this location if the dish gets bumbed in the future.
7. Switch to satellite B and transponder 23, 25, 29 or 31. Check to make sure the strength is good. Use satellite B to adjust the elevation as well. Move it slowly just as you did the azimuth. Once adjusted check satellite C to insure that the strength is good there as well. Use transponders 8, 10 or 12.