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SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA
SELF-INSTALLER'S GUIDE

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  • Page 1 SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA SELF-INSTALLER’S GUIDE...
  • Page 2: Safety Information

    Safety Information DANGER! Avoid Powerlines! CAUTION Outdoor Dish Antenna Grounding Compliance with National Electrical Code Restrictions ® is a registered trademark of DIRECTV, Inc, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corp. When following the instructions in this guide to install and connect the satellite antenna and connections, take extreme care to avoid contact with overhead power lines, lights and power circuits.
  • Page 3 D940EXP 2nd Room Kit With one digital satellite system, use the D940EXP 2nd Room Kit to view the same programming in another room. And, control your receiver with the Universal Remote included in the kit. Easy to install, your kit includes all the necessary hardware: ANT200 Amplified TV Antenna Connect your Digital Satellite System Receiver to the ANT200 Amplified Antenna and begin receiving your local network stations.
  • Page 4: Accessory Order Form

    Accessory Order Form To order accessories, contact your local Dealer. If a dealer is not nearby, you can also follow the directions below to order by telephone or by direct mail. To place your order by phone, have your VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card ready and call the toll- free number listed below between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm (EST), Monday thru Friday, or 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (EST), Saturday.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table Of Contents Preparing for Installation ... 3 Installation Overview ... 4 The Big Question: Should I Do This Myself? ... 5 General Site Survey ... 5 Finding a Clear Line of Sight ... 6 Where Is The Satellite, Anyway? ... 6 How High Up in the Sky is the Satellite? ...
  • Page 6 Table of Contents Final Installation ... 27 Leveling the Mast ... 28 Leveling Side-to-Side ... 28 Leveling Front-to-Back ... 29 Final Dish Assembly ... 29 Routing and Grounding the Cables ... 31 A Few Words About Grounding the System ... 31 Running Cable Into the House ...
  • Page 7: Preparing For Installation

    Preparing for Installation There are a few tasks you need to complete before you will be ready to mount the satellite dish, the most important of which is to make sure you have a clear line of sight to the satellite.
  • Page 8: Installation Overview

    Installation Overview Installation Overview The manual is organized into steps that need to be performed in the order presented. Preparing for Installation • Complete a General Site Survey – Visually survey your location to make sure it is suitable. • Obtain Dish Pointing Coordinates –...
  • Page 9: The Big Question: Should I Do This Myself

    The Big Question: Should I Do This Myself? While the installation is not difficult, it does require that you have some experience in electrical wiring and minor construction techniques. Also, you may have to climb a ladder, so you’ll want to be comfortable working with heights.
  • Page 10: Finding A Clear Line Of Sight

    General Site Survey Where Is The Satellite, Anyway? The satellite is always located south of Texas. That means if you live in Miami, you must have a clear line of sight to the southwest; if you live in San Francisco, you must have a clear line to the southeast. How High Up in the Sky is the Satellite? Depending on where you live, the satellite will be at an elevation angle between 30 and 60 degrees.
  • Page 11: Finding The Dish Pointing Coordinates

    Finding the Dish Pointing Coordinates You need to connect the satellite receiver to your TV and use the on-screen menu system to find the dish pointing coordinates for your location. Connecting the Receiver to a TV For this task, you use the most basic connection to save time. After you have installed your system, you may want to consult the instruction manual that accompanies the receiver for more advanced connection options.
  • Page 12: Using The Dish Pointing Menu Screen

    Finding the Dish Pointing Coordinates Using the Dish Pointing Menu Screen The satellite receiver has an on-screen menu feature for obtaining the precise dish pointing coordinates for your location. You can use the buttons on the front panel of the receiver to navigate through the menu system, or you can use the remote control.
  • Page 13: Precise Site Survey

    Precise Site Survey Based on your general site survey, you probably already know where you want to mount your dish, but it’s a good idea to follow the procedures outlined in this section in order to make sure that your site selection is a good one. 1.
  • Page 14: A Final Site Survey

    A Final Site Survey   Now that you’ve conducted a precise site survey using the dish pointing coordinates for your location, you should double-check one more time to make sure you have a clear view to the satellite.    I Don’t have a clear view to the satellite.
  • Page 15: Estimating Cable Requirements

    Estimating Cable Requirements Now that you’ve decided on the exact mounting site, you need to decide where you want the cable to enter the house, and then figure out approximately how much cable you are going to need. The diagram below shows you a “typical” installation scheme, outlining the cables that are needed.
  • Page 16: Cable Estimate Procedure

    Estimating Cable Requirements Cable Estimate Procedure 1. Locate the central building ground. You will ground the dish (via the cable grounding block) to a single point in the central building ground. The following is a list of acceptable building ground points: •...
  • Page 17: Dish Assembly Overview

    Dish Assembly Overview Use this page both as a parts lists for your satellite antenna, and a general overview of how the parts fit together; but DON’T ASSEMBLE THE DISH YET. If your reflector looks like the one on the left, you should have: •...
  • Page 18: Partial Dish Assembly

    Partial Dish Assembly Partial Dish Assembly 1. Locate the reflector, the support arm, and the hardware packet. 2. Attach the reflector to the support arm : • Metal Reflector: Pass the bolts through the reflector, and then place the reflector on the support arm by inserting the bolts through the holes on the support arm.
  • Page 19: Mounting The Mast

    Mounting the Mast Now that you have selected your site, and estimated your cable needs, you need to select a mounting option and mount the mast. Take a moment to look through the available options and select the one that best suits your installation site. After you have selected a mounting option, and successfully mounted the mast, you can go on to the final section of this manual to complete the installation.
  • Page 20: Mounting The Mast On Solid Wood Or Lap Siding

    Mounting the Mast on Solid Wood or Lap Siding Mounting The Mast On Solid Wood Or Lap Siding Materials Needed 5 /16 5 /16 5 /16 Important Considerations: • Make sure the wooden surface is structurally sound • Do NOT mount the dish where someone might use it as a handrail. •...
  • Page 21: Mounting Instructions

    Mounting Instructions 1. Locate the center of a stud where you want to mount the mast foot. Make sure you locate and secure the mounting foot to the center of a wall stud. Do not mount the dish near the edge of a stud.
  • Page 22: Installing A Spacer

    Mounting the Mast on Solid Wood 8. Install two 5/16" x 3" lag screws into the two center holes on the mounting foot. Securely tighten the screws. 9. Put washers on the 5/16" x 2" lag screws, insert the screws into the four outside holes and securely tighten them.
  • Page 23: Mounting The Mast On Brick Or Poured Concrete

    Mounting the Mast on Brick or Poured Concrete Materials Needed IMPORTANT Considerations • The wall anchors used must have a strength of at least 300 pounds of pull-out pressure. B4015 or equivalent double- expansion anchors are recommended. • Do NOT mount the dish under an eave or overhang that may block or partially shadow the dish.
  • Page 24: Mounting The Mast On A Hollow Or Cinder Block Wall

    Mounting the Mast on Brick or Poured Concrete 5. Insert four (4) double-expansion anchors. 6. Use a wrench to loosen the nuts on the mounting foot so you have easier access to the mounting holes. 7. Hold the mounting foot over the holes so the top part of the mast will rotate and point straight up.
  • Page 25: Mounting Instructions

    Mounting Instructions 1. When installing togglers in cinder blocks, it is important to position them in the core of the block. To position the foot on the wall, measure 7-1/2" from one edge of the block and mark the center of the block. 2.
  • Page 26 Mounting the Dish on a Hollow or Cinder Block Wall c. Push the straps side-to-side to snap them off flush with the wall. Step 6c: Snap off straps flush with the wall. d. Repeat for all four holes. 7. Use a wrench to loosen the nuts on the mounting foot so you have easier access to the mounting holes.
  • Page 27: Mounting Instructions

    Mounting the Dish On A Pole Materials Needed • (1) 1-1/4" inner diameter Schedule 40 galvanized steel pipe with a measured outer diameter of 1.6" • (3) bags quick-setting concrete Important Considerations: • Do not install the pole in wet or marshy areas. •...
  • Page 28 Mounting the Dish on a Pole 2. Use a hacksaw to cut a 45 will prevent the pole from rotating in the concrete over time. 45 cut 3. Place the pole in the hole and use a small amount of dirt or stones to hold the pole upright.
  • Page 29: Mounting The Mast On A Roof

    Mounting the Mast on a Roof IMPORTANT Use the roof mount only as a last resort. You can easily damage the roof by walking on it or cause leaks by not properly sealing the mounting holes. Problems with roof installations increase with the age of the roof and the type of roofing materials.
  • Page 30 Mounting the Mast on a Roof 2. Hold the mounting foot in a position so the center line is centered on a rafter. 3. Use a bubble level to make sure the center line is perfectly vertical. Steps 2 & 3: Center the mounting on a rafter and make sure that it is level. 4.
  • Page 31: Final Installation

    Final Installation This section contains the final steps necessary to get the signal from the satellite dish to your satellite receiver.
  • Page 32: Leveling The Mast

    Leveling the Mast Leveling the Mast Leveling the mast is one of the most important steps in installation. If the mast is not level, the elevation and azimuth settings will not be accurate. This will make it difficult to obtain the satellite signal. The mast must be level in both the side-to-side and the front-to-back directions.
  • Page 33: Leveling Front-To-Back

    Leveling Front-to-Back 1. Loosen the two bolts securing the mast to the mounting foot so the mast moves freely. 2. Place a bubble level on the mast as shown in the figure. Move the mast so the bubble is centered in the level’s window. Level Not Level Rotate mast as needed...
  • Page 34 Final Dish Assembly 3. Separate the messenger (ground) wire from the coaxial cable. Separate only the amount required to install the coaxial cable through the LNB arm. (Sony dish owners skip to next step.) Push only the coaxial cable through the bottom of the mast and out the top.
  • Page 35: Routing And Grounding The Cables

    A Few Words About Grounding the System Grounding the satellite system to the central building ground helps protect it and other components from lightning damage. Different brands of satellite systems may have special grounding requirements. However, dish installation should comply with local codes and the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Page 36 Routing and Grounding the Cables 2. Route the coaxial cable and messenger (ground) wire from the bottom of the mast to the grounding block. 3. Make a 3”- 5” drip loop using cable clips at the grounding block as shown. This will prevent water from running into the connection at the grounding block.
  • Page 37: Running Cable Into The House

    Running Cable Into the House 1. Drill a hole in the location you want the coaxial cable to enter. 2. Place some silicone grease on the connector and connect the RG-6 coaxial cable that will extend from the grounding block to the receiver.
  • Page 38: Making The Final Connections

    Making the Final Connections Making the Final Connections 1. Connect the RG-6 coaxial cable to the SATELLITE IN jack at the back of the receiver as shown. DO NOT connect the coaxial cable to the IN FROM ANTENNA jack! 2. Take a phone off the hook to prevent electric shock from incoming calls.
  • Page 39: Acquiring And Fine Tuning The Signal

    Acquiring and Fine Tuning the Signal Now that you have installed the satellite antenna and routed all of the cable, it’s time to acquire and fine tune the signal. Before you begin, you may want to go outside and double-check the azimuth and elevation settings on the dish.
  • Page 40: Adjusting The Azimuth And Elevation Settings

    Acquiring and Fine Tuning the Signal Adjusting the Azimuth and Elevation Settings 1. Using a compass, rotate the dish so that the LNB arm points to the correct azimuth heading. Loosen the support sleeve nuts as needed. (Sony dish owners loosen the mast clamp screws.) Point LNB arm in the exact azimuth direction according to your compass...
  • Page 41: Ordering Programming

    6. Slightly loosen the elevation nuts on the LNB support arm so you can adjust the dish up and down. 7. Adjust the elevation of the dish upward and downward until you achieve the highest possible signal strength: • Move the dish upward one tick mark, pause for 5 seconds, and check the signal strength.
  • Page 42: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Can’t Pick Up the Satellite Signal Most problems with signal acquisition can be traced to one of these points: improper cabling and connections or inaccurate positioning and pointing of the dish. Cabling and Connections Problems 1. Make sure you’re using the proper type of RG-6 coaxial cable to connect the LNB to the grounding block and the grounding block to the satellite receiver.
  • Page 43: Temporary Satellite Signal Loss

    Temporary Satellite Signal Loss If you lose the satellite signal temporarily, the problem can usually be traced to one of these points: 1. Rain Fade. Rain fade is a normal, temporary loss of a satellite signal due to the inability of the satellite signal to penetrate unusually heavy, rain-filled clouds, rainfall, or snowfall.
  • Page 44: Digital Satellite System Installer's Reference

    Troubleshooting Digital Satellite System Installer's Reference Thomson Consumer Electronics (Digital Satellite Systems) Support Line Digital Satellite System Service Support Line 1-800-679-4776 Call this number to resolve service and use and care questions. Program Providers DIRECTV Customer Service 1-800-347-3288 Use this number to resolve programming and billing inquiries and to deactivate service. Installer Activation 1-800-277-4388 Use this number to activate a newly installed system.
  • Page 45: Index

    Index Acceptable central building ground points 31 Acquiring the satellite signal 35 Azimuth setting, adjusting 36 Cable, routing into the house 33 through the mast 30 Central building ground 11, 31 acceptable points 31 CH3/CH4 switch 7 Compass, using 9 Connecting the dish to the receiver 34 Dish, final assembly 29...
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