Select your wanted satellite or geo-orbit position in the box at the lower left. Satmex 6 is an example. Put your cursor at your location and drag the map. The map display will move so that the selected point is in the centre. The latitude and longitude of the centre of the map is then shown below the map, together with your satellite dish pointing azimuth, elevation and skew angles.
Alternatively type your town name, such as Quito, Quevedo, Guayaquil into the box. Cuenca is an example.
To refine the accuracy, click on the plus sign + in the map scale boxes on the side. The scale will magnify so that you can home in accurately on your location. Repeat. Choose the Satellite or Hybrid map version to see the satellite photo image of the ground or even your house !
Set the dish elevation angle first. This is the up/down angle. Use the elevation scale on the back of the dish. Set the polarization or skew angle also. This involves either rotating the LNB or the entire dish assembly. There may be a polarization rotation scale on the feed throat clamp or behind the dish. Facing the satellite, clockwise is positive. Polarization must be set to 1 deg accuracy for transmit dishes and this normally involves talking to the VSAT hub. For the azimuth bearing (sideways) use a compass. Swing the dish boldly sideways. You should find the satellite on the first swing, then spend half an hour peaking up.
Peaking up your satellite dish pointing is really important for long term service quality and minimum outage time during rain fades.
Only your latitude matters. Set the main motor axis angle and the small downward tilt of the dish and with the motor central align the dish towards the due south satellite. Motor rotation angles to the east are positive, to the west negative.
Disclaimer and Safety Warning:
The results of this page may be in error. The latitude and longitude are not intended for the blind navigation of aircraft, ship or other vehicle purposes. Dish pointing angles may be wrong. Magnetic azimuth bearings are approximate or may not be available, particularly towards the polar regions. Use is entirely at your own risk. Apply common sense and don't believe every number that comes out of a computer system. Take care with satellite dish pointing to not injure others by dropping tools or hurting yourself by falling down. Latitude and longitude may not be accurate. Use GPS as an alternative.
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Page started 30 Aug 2012 with updated to HTML5 and CSS, updated for mobile devices 20 July 2015.
List of satellites and earth's magnetic field updated 29 March 2018. HTML5 16 May 2018.