Instructions for dish pointing in Arkansas, AR
Select your wanted satellite or geostationary orbit location in the box at the lower left. The Wildblue satellite internet network is just an example.
Put your mouse cursor at
your location and double click or just 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 postal ZIP code or town name into the box below. 72201 is just an example. Type your ZIP code or city name like Little Rock.
To refine the accuracy, click on the plus sign + in the navigation boxes at the upper left side of the map. 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 !
Dish pointing (Azimuth and elevation mount):
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 or a larger circular scale 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 use a compass or just think where the sun is and the time of day and boldly swing the dish sideways. You should find the satellite on the first swing, then spend half an hour peaking up. Accurate peaking up is important for long term service quality and minimum outage time during rain fades.
Dish pointing (Polar mount):
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.
When it initially appears the map should be large enough to show all of Arkansas, with the following towns marked: Rogers, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Benton, El Dorado, Paragould and Jonesboro. If you click on locations the map will enlarge and you will see smaller towns. Using the satellite image or hybrid option will enable you to probably see your house !
Disclaimer and Safety Warning:
The results of this page may be in error, The lat and long are intended for satellite dish aiming purposes and not intended for the blind navigation of aircraft, ship or other vehicle purposes. Dish pointing angles may be wrong. Magnetic azimuth bearings, if shown, are approximate.
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 wrenches, tools or hurting yourself by falling down.
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Page started 23 May 2008, major upgrade 4 August 2014, modified for mobile screens 29 July 2015. 25 Jan 2020.
Updated list of satellites and earth's magnetic field 8 April 2018