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Panasonic TA-DA2420 Installation Manual

Satellite dish antenna


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This antenna system, with the equipment supplied, can receive signals simultaneously from satellites located at 101°
and 119° West longitude orbital locations. This antenna system also has a re s e rved position for a satellite located at
110°W for additional services. If such services are off e red in your local area, you will be notified.
The installation pro c e d u res listed in this manual re q u i re basic knowledge in construction, assembly and wiring. In ord e r
to safely install this antenna system, you must be able to perform the following skills:
• Use hand tools for assembly.
• Drill and seal holes in mounting surfaces.
• Use a bubble level to plumb the mast.
• Use a compass and inclinometer or protractor to determine clear line of sight to satellite.
• Install and run coaxial cables through the home from the antenna to the receivers.
• Climb ladders or roofs to mount and wire the antenna.
• Know local and NEC grounding codes. (The National Electric Code is published by the National Fire Protection
Association, 1 Battery m a rch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts, 02269-9959 and may be available at your local public library. )
If you feel this installation is beyond your experience and skill level, then contact the store where the system was pur-
chased for advice on professional installation services in your area.
Local building and electrical codes (see latest revision of National Electrical Code) require proper
grounding of the antenna mount and coaxial cables. Improper installations may seriously damage
the equipment or the building and cause injury or death to you. Contact a licensed inspector or
electrician in your area for assistance.
WATCH OUT for power lines which may be overhead, buried underground and/or hidden behind
walls. Take extreme care to avoid contact with any power lines with ladders, satellite system part s
or tools during the installation to avoid serious injury or death.


• #1 Phillips Screwdriver
• 5/16 Hex Socket or Spintite
• 7/16 Hex Wrench open or combination end
• Electric Drill & bits
• Bubble Level
• Compass With Degree Scale
• Inclinometer or Protractor
Installation Manual
Satellite Dish Antenna
Satellite Dish Antenna
(Critical alignment - See Figure 2B.)
For Service Assistance, please call:
1-888-726-2377 in USA
(787) 750-4300 in Puerto Rico
Printed in USA


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  • Page 1: Tools Required

    • Compass With Degree Scale • Inclinometer or Protractor Installation Manual ™ Satellite Dish Antenna ™ Satellite Dish Antenna (Critical alignment - See Figure 2B.) For Service Assistance, please call: 1-888-726-2377 in USA (787) 750-4300 in Puerto Rico TA-DA2420 TQB2AA0368 Printed in USA...
  • Page 2 HARDWARE SORTER Unpack and identify parts using figures in manual. Read manual thoroughly before beginning installation.
  • Page 3 HARDWARE SORTER (continued)
  • Page 4: Mounting Locations

    MOUNTING LOCATIONS Typical mounting locations are shown below. The mounting surface must be solid and rigid to prevent the antenna from moving during windy conditions. When attaching to wood framed structures, use the center holes on the mounting base foot to fasten onto the center of a stud or rafter.
  • Page 5: Preparing For Installation

    PREPARING FOR INSTALLATION THE SATELLITE LOCATIONS The two main DIRECTV satellites are located 22,000 miles above the equator at approximately 101° and 119° west longitude. To look at these satellites 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 South-Southeast.
  • Page 6: Using The Dish Pointing Menu Screen

    USING THE DISH POINTING MENU SCREEN By simply following your satellite re c e i v e r ’s on-screen menu feature, you can obtain the precise dish pointing coord i n a t e s for your location. These coordinates include Azimuth, Elevation and Ti l t . Because this satellite antenna can be used with several diff e rent DIRECTV satellite receiver models, we can not show you the specific instructions for obtaining dish pointing information here.
  • Page 7: 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 pro c e d u res outlined in this section in order to make sure that your site selection is a good one. 1.
  • Page 8 ANTENNA MAST MOUNTING AND ON-THE-GROUND DISH ASSEMBLY STEPS In order to make assemby easier and safer for you and to avoid losing hard w a re, it is re c o m m e n d e d that much of the assembly work be done on the ground in a clear area. More importantly, to sim- plify satellite alignment, the permanent tilt and preliminary elevation adjustments should also be performed on the ground.
  • Page 9 FIGURE 2 WOOD STRUCTURES FIGURE 2A MASONRY STRUCTURES 3. On clamp/mount assembly, install (2) at this time. 4. Install a 1/2” long carriage bolt through the square hole in the clamp tab and elevation adjustment slot. Capture with a flat washer and ESNA locknut. Tighten nut and then loosen 1/3 turn. See Figure 3. For units NOT equipped with fine elevation adjustment, skip to Step 7.
  • Page 10 8. Attach the antenna to the tilt slots on the clamp/mount assembly with two 1-3/4” long carriage bolts, flat washers and ESNA locknuts, making certain the center pin on the antenna is in the mating hole in mount tab before tight- ening.
  • Page 11 12. Attach the rectangular feed tube to the antenna socket. Make certain the large round hole for the spacer is positioned as shown in Figure 7. Tighten bolt while holding nut. 13. Attach the LNB Adapter to the feed tube with #8 hex insert nut and 1" long Phillips head scre w. See Figure 7. Do not over- tighten to the point of deforming the feed tube and the LNB Adapter.
  • Page 12 ON-GROUND INSTALLATION WITH MULTISWITCH ON BACK OF DISH - OPTION #1 1. To install the outdoor multiswitch to the back of the antenna, use the #8 self tapping screws and washers provided in the multiswitch carton. CAUTION: Use a hand tool to tighten the screws until the face of the screw head is evenly touching the multiswitch mounting lug –...
  • Page 13 2. Review Figure 10 for multiswitch wiring. Multiswitch Installations Using Sat A & Sat B (Two Dual LNBs) 3. Pass one end of two coaxial cables (labeled “Sat A” on both ends) through the rectangular feed tube on the side marked “Sat A”.
  • Page 14 General Grounding Requirements for Outdoor Unit Option #1 Multiswitch located on back side of dish Option #2 Multiswitch located inside building Refer to National Electric and Local Codes for complete requirements. The National Electric Code is published by the National Fire Protection Association 1 Batterymarch Park Quincy, Massachusetts, 02269-9959...
  • Page 15: General Grounding Requirements

    GENERAL GROUNDING REQUIREMENTS The universal mount and coaxial cables must be properly connected to grounding electrode(s) per National Electrical Code (NEC) Sections 810 and 250, and per your local codes. For the three multiswitch options described, please see top-level general grounding diagrams in Figures 11 and 12. MOUNTING THE ANTENNA ASSEMBLY TO MAST 1.
  • Page 16: 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 cables, it’s time to acquire and fine tune the signal. Before you begin, you may want to go outside and double-check the azimuth, elevation, and tilt settings on the dish to make sure they correspond to the on-screen coordinates given by the satellite receiver.
  • Page 17 setting) and sweep the azimuth again. e. If the signal is still not found, check to make sure the cables are connected correctly. Using a bubble level, verify the Azimuth, Elevation and Tilt angles, in addition to making certain the mast is plumb. (Alignment may be difficult to achieve if the mast is not plumb.) See Figure 2B.
  • Page 18 TROUBLESHOOTING FOR MULTISAT DISH ANTENNAS C o n n e c t i o n s 1. IMPORTANT: Before installing coax cable, visually inspect the inside of each cable connector to make sure that there is no dirt, moisture or any other foreign material in the connector. Also check to make sure that the aluminum cable shielding foil or braid is not touching the copper center conductor.
  • Page 19 TROUBLESHOOTING FOR MULTISAT DISH ANTENNAS (continued) 7. If all have been done correctly but the system is still not aligned optimally, slightly change the “elevation” adjustment of the dish antenna and repeat the pro c e d u re. The “tilt” must be set for a given installation location by Zip code, per receiver’s on-screen menu, and must not be changed.
  • Page 20 NOTES -20-...

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