Satellite Internet Forum.

Welcome, Guest.
Welcome to this satellite broadband discussion forum. Wherever you are and whatever your problem we are here to help each other. Connecting to the internet via satellite is not always easy but is critically important to those in remote places or with poor terrestrial infrastructure. Both service providers and customers are encouraged to contribute. If you are showing as 'Guest', please register at the bottom of this home page if you wish to contribute or ask question. Read the Forum rules.
      Satellite internet forum          
Pages: 1

Pointing meter for Wildblue dish antenna ?

(Read 8161 times)
Eric Johnston
Senior Member

Personal text from Profile,
Options, Top line

Posts: 2108
Feb 1st, 2008 at 6:32pm  
Please what is the approved/recommended pointing gadget/meter/aid for Wildblue dish installers ?

Please would someone send me a copy of the installation manual/instructions.

Many thanks, Eric
Back to top
IP Logged
USN - Retired
Ex Member

Reply #1 - Feb 1st, 2008 at 6:59pm  
At the moment, Wildblue is only using two satellite; both Ka-band, and both at 111.2W longitude. They also employ regular L-band on the RX. That means that any old cheap signal strength meter can easily find the only two Ka-band satellites currently providing Wildblue service.

That's the easy part. Once the satellite is found, a proprietary meter must be used. Wildblue calls it their APA (antenna pointing aid). It's basically a selectable filter that discriminates among several frequencies available within the downlink spectrum. When you can find them, expect to pay upwards from USD100.

The APA itself is really just a filter. Wildblue will generate an installation order that contains a filter setting. The APA goes inline with the signal strength meter, and is set to the filter position specified in the installation order. From there you follow normal antenna adjusting procedures to acquire and optimize the signal specific to that particular connection.

Back to top
« Last Edit: Nov 17th, 2014 at 9:50pm by Admin1 »  
IP Logged
Pages: 1