Installing a Dish Antenna

dish antennaThese days, everybody seems to have satellite television. Not only is the choice of TV programs much better via satellite, but the quality of the picture and sound is also a major improvement on what is to be expected via cable or terrestrial TV. If you enjoy DIY and want satellite TV in your home then you can look to install your own dish antenna. It is not a difficult process and will take no more than three hours as long as follow the instructions below.

The Installation Process

Installing a dish antenna is not complex, but make sure that you follow the ensuing steps one by one in order to get it right first time.

    1. Do your research and find out exactly where he dish needs to be placed in order to get the best signal. This will vary from place to place as a result of the location of your home in relation to satellites that broadcast the images. It may be on your roof, or deck or porch. You will need to consult the satellite company in question for the exact spot that you need and then locate the corresponding area on your house and figure out which way the dish will need to face.

    2. Purchase the parts you need – a dish, a coax cable, a wall mount, wall bolts and a receiver, although the latter should come with your subscription. Of course you will also need the tools (a drill, a hammer, a spanner and coax clips) and possibly a support pole for the dish antenna itself.

    3. Assess the weather. If it is windy then avoid installation until a more settled day. If there is only a mild breeze then go for it!

    4. Drill the wall and attach the mount for the dish antenna. Measure the wall several times to ensure that you have the right place and mark it with chalk before commencing drilling. Drill through the bricks and not the mortar unless you want the wall to collapse, carefully place the mount in place and then insert the mount bolts before tightening them as much as possible. Double-check the wall during this stage to ensure that they are not splitting or cracking in any way.

    5. If you need to install a support pole to achieve the correct level for the dish then do so now, but you may want to consider attaching the dish to it beforehand as it is often easier to do this now rather than last. It is more difficult to secure the dish to a pole than it is to the wall. Similarly, it is even worse if you are installing it on a pole in mid-air! Either way, make sure that the dish antenna is extremely secure because it can cause untold damage to your property if it is not.

    6. The dish antenna should then be hooked up to the coax cable, which should be firmly pinned in place on the wall and then ran through to the receiver so you can check the signal. Only when you have it hooked up should you slightly move the direction of the dish to find the best reception. You can loosen the bolts in this instance and move it slightly before tightening them up again when you have it in place. If you got it right first time then you will not need to move it very far. Make sure that you check all channels as well. After this step, tighten the whole dish up so it is secure.

    7. Finally, you just have to route the coax cable to your receiver. It should be routed through the brickwork via a drilled hole and held in place using the necessary clips. When it is secure, be sure to fill the hole around it to prevent water from getting in. You should then be good to go!

Photo by Ambuj Saxena