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Satellite TV dish pointing calculator for people in Mississippi MS

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Instructions for dish pointing for people in Mississippi MS

Select your wanted satellite in the pull down menu box. Echostar 11 with Dish Network programming is just an example. See more at lyngsat.com/DirecTV-5-and-EchoStar-10-11.html

Put your mouse at your location and drag the map.  The map display will move so that your 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.

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 Street 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 behind the dish.   Facing towards the satellite, clockwise is positive.   Polarization must be set to 1 deg accuracy is possible to minimize interference into your dish. For the side to side azimuth bearing use a compass or just think where the sun is and the time of day and boldly swing the dish sideways.  The pole star tells you where north is.  Just use common sense. You should find the satellite on the first swing, then spend half an hour peaking up.  Peaking up is really important for long term service quality and minimum outage time during heavy rain.

Polar mount satellite dish set up (Polar axis mount):

Only your latitude matters. The angles for this type of mechanism are shown on the lower line of the results under the map.  Set the polar mount 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 satellite dish calculations may be wrong.  The latitude and longitude are not intended for the blind navigation of aircraft, ship or for other vehicle purposes.   Magnetic azimuth bearings 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 tools or hurting yourself by falling down.  Use GPS as an alternative.

This page which starts with map of Mississippi has been made by special request in email on 13th March 2008.  When the map of Mississippi first displays the following cities are shown: Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Little Rock, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport. Once you do a further step of map magnification you can see also: Rogers, Paragould, Jonesboro, Hot Springs MS, Benton, Pine Bluff, Clarksdale, Tupelo, El Dorado MS, Greenville, Granada, Starkville, Columbus, Vicksburg, Laurel, and McComb.

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Page started 13 March 2008, amended 18 Aug 2011, Google maps V3 plus key 16 Dec 2012, 19 July 2015. Updated for 15 May 2018 for HTML5 and earth magnetic field. 26 April 2020. Major software update 9 May 2020 converting from Mapbox/Open Street Maps raster type tiles to Mapbox GL JS with vector tiles. 28 July 2023. Updated 27 Oct 2021 to Mapbox version 2.5.1 for IOS15 compatibility.