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Technical support is provided to our customers who purchase equipment from us ONLY.  This means that if you purchased the same products that we sell from another vendor, we will NOT provide you with technical or installation support.  However, you are welcome to use step 2 below.  When you call or email us for technical support, you must have your invoice number or be able to provide us with your full name so that we can pull you up in our computer system to ensure that you purchased your equipment from us.  If your email does not contain your full name, or invoice number, your emails will be ignored.  If you purchased your equipment from somewhere else, and if they are reputable, they should provide you technical l support, just as we provide technical support to  our customers. 

It's always recommended that you use a professional and licensed installer to install and trouble shoot your satellite dish system.  You can locate a local installer by visiting www.mylocalinstaller.com or in your local phone book. 

We offer basic telephone installation support to our customers only.  If you have detailed technical support questions, or if you need more help installing or troubleshooting your equipment that you purchased from us, you can follow the following steps to get your questions answered in a timely fashion:

1.  Please email all technical questions along with any pictures or photos that may be of help to tech@wsidigital.com.  Please be sure to include your full name that we have on file, or your invoice number.  Any emails received without an invoice number of full name that we can find in our database will be ignored. 

2.  You can get comprehensive technical help and have your questions answered quickly and accurately by using the online discussion forums that we sponsor and own.  Two of the most popular discussion forums is the satelliteguys forum with over 150,000 registered members and which we sponsor, and our own support forum at satellitestuff.net.  Both websites are free to join and offer tons of information and quick answers to your questions that you will post. 

     A: C Band Support:
          1. 
http://www.satelliteguys.us/c-band-satellite-discussion/
          2. 
http://www.satellitestuff.net/Satellite-Forum-FTA-Free-To-Air/c-band-satellite/ 

     B:  Ku Band Support:
          1.
http://www.satelliteguys.us/free-air-fta-discussion/
&          2. 
http://www.satellitestuff.net/Satellite-Forum-FTA-Free-To-Air/ku-band-satellite//span>

3.  You can read the information below and it should guide you through the installation process.  Once you have read all the information, you should have a good idea on how to install your satellite equipment.  For the installation of your satellite dish, please follow the instructions below, or click here.  Once you have read through that, you will need to know how to setup your receiver.  If you have a LEXIUM DBS7000 satellite receiver, you can click here to download step by step instructions on how to setup and program the receiver.  Currently, we are in the process of typing step by step instructions on how to install & program the Omegasat satellite receiver.  Meanwhile, you are welcome to email us at tech@wsidigital.com or call us for the setup instructions of the Omegasat satellite receiver.

4.  For basic installation and technical support help. you can call our technical support line at 770-420-5462.

If you need to know what direction to point your dish to, you can go here.  Most of the international channels including all the Arabic, Farsi, Vietnamese, Thai, Christian, Nigerian, Lao, Turkish, and Russian channels broadcast from the Galaxy 19 satellite located at 97 degrees west.  Since the satellites change names frequently, always choose the satellite that begins with 97W from the satellite list here.

 

Satellite Antenna Installation Tips

Choosing The Site for Dish Installation

The first thing you need to do is choose the installation site. The area must have a clear "line of sight" to the satellite. This means there can be no obstruction between the dish and the satellite. This includes building, tree branches, mountain, etc. In order to receive a good signal, select an outdoor site with a clear, unobstructed view of the South, Southeast, or Southwest, depending on your location.  In most cases, eastern United States will need a clear line of site of southwestern sky.  Central United States needs a clear line of site of the southern sky, and the west coast will need a clear line of site towards the south eastern sky. If you install the dish in the winter, leaves that are normally on the branches may not be present. A problem with reception may occur when the leaves grow back in the spring and summer.
 


 


 

Dish Mount Installation

 
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Figure 3
  1. Insert the Stand Pipe between the two ears of the Mount Bracket as in Figure 1.
  2. Ensure that both the pivot bolt and the adjustment bolt are in place as in Figure 2.
  3. The top of the Stand Pipe must be mounted vertically, perpendicular to the ground, otherwise it will complicate pointing the dish at the satellite. We suggest using a contractor's level and placing it on top of pipe the pipe as in Figure 3.
Dish Pointing Basic

To receive broadcast signals for Telstar 5 or any satellite, your dish must be positioned correctly. The exact direction that your antenna will have to be pointed is dependent upon your location. The elevation angle is the angle relative to the horizon, that the antenna must be raised in order to be able to receive signals from a particular satellite. The azimuth compass bearing is the compass bearing, left to right, that the antenna must be pointed toward in order to receive the satellite signal. Those two angles will help you determine if the location you have selected for placement of your antenna will permit unimpeded satellite reception. If you don't know the elevation angle and the azimuth compass bearing of where you live click here. To calculate the elevation and the azimuth, you need to know the satellite degree and your Zipcode. For example: Telstar is located at 97 W, SatMex is at 116.8 W, and Galaxy 11 is at 91.0 W. If you are not familiar with the orientation of the location where you would like to place the antenna, a directional compass will be very helpful.

 

 
Azimuth

Polarization

Elevation
  1. Hold the compass horizontally in your hand in front of you.

     
  2. 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.

     
  3. Gently rotate the compass such that the 0-degree mark on the compass scale sits under the arrow, or red end of the needle, pointing toward the North .

     
  4. 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.

     
  5. Once you have oriented yourself in that direction, consider the elevation angle. Now, make a judgment based on 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 Aiming Procedure
  1. With the dish facing South and an unobstructed view of the sky, place the provided compass on the ground 10' to 20' behind the dish to avoid magnetic interference. Turn the compass until the compass needle aligns exactly with magnetic North (or make sure the color needle points north at 0 degrees). Use a straight object such as a stick or rod between the compass and the dish to match the Azimuth angle of your location. Move the whole dish to face the same direction as the stick or rod.

     
  2. Set your basic elevation angle. Refer to the elevation scale located on the elevation plate at the back of your dish. To set the correct elevation angle, loosen the bolts that connects the elevation plate to the triangle base just enough so that the reflector can move up or down without binding. Carefully set the elevation to the angle value of your area.
Dish Alignment & LNBF Mount

Before the actual dish alignment can be done, it is necessary to connect a coax cable between the LNBF, attached to the dish and your receiver. Both connections use the standard coaxial F-connector. Now your dish will be in position to lock in on the satellite signal. You will need to have your receiver connected to your television.

It is recommended that you place your satellite receiver and television set close to the dish during the dish alignment procedure. If that is not possible due to where the dish is located, a second person may be helpful 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. There are two options when connecting the receiver to your television or monitor. The receiver has both audio/video outputs as well as a regular coax output on either channel 3 or 4. Attach the appropriate cables according to the system you have. If you use the standard coax, channel 3 or 4 output, ensure that you select the channel, 3 or 4, that is not used in your area for local off-air broadcast television. Your television would have to be set to the channel you selected, 3 or 4, in order for you to receive the programming. If the audio/video 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. If you are using the Coship receiver the signal meter are located both in front of the receiver as well as on screen.

Ask a helper to watch the signal strength screen for indications you are receiving the signal. Stand behind the dish, and holding its outer edges, slowly turn it a little to the left or right about 3 or 4 mm at a time to adjust the azimuth. Pause 4 or 5 seconds, giving the receiver enough time to lock in on the satellite signal. Continue turning the dish in this way until you have acquired the signal then adjust the elevation for maximum signal quality.

 

Satellite Motor Installation Help Pre-Installation Site Survey

Dish Position Calculator (AZ/EL) New Satellite Support Forum

 

FAQ for LNB / LNBF:

 

What does LNB and LNBF stand for?

LNB stands for Low Noise Block.  LNBF stands for Low Noise Block Feed.

 

What is the difference between LNB and LNBF?

LNB usually only receives signal from 1 polarity (Vertical or Horizontal for Linear FSS and Right or Left for Circular DSS)  A good example of of a LNB is our ASC511 Ku LNB.  Another good example is our C band LNB the BSC211.  The rest are mostly LNBF's.  Usually Vertical and Right polarities operate on 13V DC and Horizontal and Left polarities operate on 18V DC.

 

What is the difference between a Standard Ku band LNBF, Normal Ku band LNBF, and Universal Ku band LNBF?

There are 3 main types of LNBF's.  The first is Standard.  Standard & Normal LNB and LNBF's are the same.  They are FSS linear and the frequency range is from 11.7GHz to 12.2GHz.  The second type of LNB/F is Universal.  The frequency range for a universal LNBF is 10.7GHz to 12.75GHz.  This is more popular in Europe and the Middle East because their satellite broadcast within the 10.70GHz to 12.75GHz.  The third and the most popular in the United States for DISH Network & DirecTV is DSS.  DSS LNBF's are always circular.  The frequency range is 12.2GHz to 12.7GHz.

 

What is the difference between linear and circular LNBF's?

Linear covers Horizontal and Vertical.  Circular covers Left and Right.  Circular hits your dish more like a screw that is turning as its coming down. 

 

How do I know if I need a linear or circular LNBF?

Click Here or go to lyngsat.com and choose the satellite you are trying to pick up.  Under the transponder frequency column (Freq. Tp) you will see a letter next to the frequency.  If the letters used are R or L (Right or Left), then it's a circular broadcasting transponder.  If you see the letters H or V (Horizontal or Vertical), then it's a linear broadcasting transponder. 

 

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