How to Point the DirecTV Satellite Dish

By Chris Moore

Most people know a DirecTV satellite dish needs an unobstructed view of the southern sky. The exact position of the dish, however, makes a big impact on the reception you get. The DirecTV satellite is positioned over Mexico, and this is the key factor in determining exactly where the dish should point. If you've already set up your dish and need help finding its exact position, your DirecTV provider can help you.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Compass
  • Ladder (if dish is mounted on roof)

Step 1

Turn the dish's elevation (up/down angle) by loosening the elevation nuts and rotating the support sleeve. Turn it toward the 30 degree angle if your home is in the Northern United States or toward 60 degrees if you're in the South.

Step 2

Rotate the dish's azimuth (side-to-side angle) by loosening the support sleeve nuts in the back of the dish and turning the dish on its mast. Point the dish toward the southeast if you live in the West, southwest in the East and due south in Central states.

Step 3

Turn on your television and satellite receiver, then navigate to the menu for the exact coordinates you need.

Step 4

Adjust the elevation and azimuth for the dish as needed to the exact coordinates to get the best signal, using the elevation indicator on the dish and a compass to help gauge the azimuth. Tighten all the nuts once you have the correct position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stand at least a foot away from the dish while holding the compass to find the exact azimuth coordinates you need.