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Basic Installation Guide

For a basic BSkyB / Freesat installation you will need:

  • A satellite dish of suitable size for your region
  • Sky / Freesat set top box
  • Cable
  • Cable Clips
  • F Connectors
  • Coach Bolts and raw plugs
  • Self Amalgamating Tape
  • Mastic for sealing hole gaps
  • 11mm or 7/16 spanner for F connectors
  • Hammer
  • Hammer Drill with masonry bits
  • Socket set
  • Stanley knife
  • Pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Crimp tool

Installing the dish

Most satellite dishes are simple to put together, follow the assembly instructions included with your dish.The dish needs to be aligned at 28.2° degrees East of South, before you even drill a hole in the wall make sure your wall faces in the right direction. Tip: A good clear line of sight to the south is required, close by tall buildings or trees can cause problems. Using a compass or online tools or pointer apps on your mobile can save a lot of time prior to installation regarding line of sight.

The Horizon satellite meters will enable you to make an accurate BSkyB installations by using these 4 selections on your meter.

V Astra2A Hi 28E
H Astra2A Hi 28E
V Astra2E Lo 28E
H Astra2E Lo 28E

The Astra satellites at 28.2° east have different coverage, the Astra-2E satellite has a smaller footprint (reception area, which is mostly over the UK and northern Europe).

Astra-2A can be received all over Europe as it has a much wider footprint. Astra-2E will be stronger than Astra-2A in the UK.

When aligning to Astra-2A very fine adjustment is required as the signal will be weaker than Astra-2E. You will need to adjust the dish in Azimuth and Elevation (left to right and up and down) the LNB will need to be adjusted for polarization (clockwise and counter clockwise) along with focus (in and out, towards and away from the dish) the most important measurement value will be the Q (second bar) this is the Pre BER value and is directly relative to the signal quality.

Once the dish has been correctly installed run the cable to the receiver evenly spacing the cable clips externally (about every 50cm). Drill at a slight upward angle. Make a rain loop before the cable passes in through the external wall to prevent water ingress and use sealant to finish the job.

Quattro LNBs:

Quattro type LNBs used in distribution systems require a different method of installation as their inputs are seperated VH HH VL and HL quattro LNBs are powered on the Vertical High (VH) leg only use the Vertical High Astra-2A selection when connected to the VH output of the LNB for this type of installation. Once the dish has been pointed connect the VH line from the distribution amplifier to the LNB (providing power) and you can check the other LNB outputs matching the output to the selection on the meter.

VH = Vertical High (13 Volts with 22kHz tone L.O. 10.6GHz)

HH = Horizontal High (18 Volts with 22kHz tone L.O. 10.6GHz)

VL = Vertical Low (13 Volts no tone L.O. 9.75GHz)

HL = Horizontal Low (18 Volts no tone L.O. 9.75GHz)

L.O. = Local Oscillator