How to Use the SF95 Satellite Finder

By Allen Coleman

When installing a digital satellite dish one of the challenges is to pinpoint the signals coming from the sky. You can use the signal strength meter on your receiver hooked up to your television, but that would require you to leave the dish and go inside to check the signal. That could waste a lot of time. The professional way of doing it is to have a signal strength meter like the SF95 with you at the dish location. This way you can check the signal strength without having to go back and forth from the dish to your television inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Coaxial Cable

Step 1

Screw the coaxial cable that you plan on hooking up to the dish to the left side of the SF95 by twisting on the F-Connector on the end of the cable like hooking up your television in your house. The SF95 gets power to operate from this connection.

Step 2

Twist on a second coaxial cable to the right side of the SF95 and the other end of the cable to your dish's LNB (Low Noise Blocker). The LNB is the white set of "eyes" at the end of the arm that extends from the bottom of the dish where the cable connects to the dish.

Step 3

Turn the "Db" knob counter clockwise until the needle is balanced between 1 and 2 on the meter.

Step 4

Adjust your dish until you get a reading on the meter. Move the dish slowly until you get a reading of 10 on the meter. When you get a full signal the SF95 will buzz.

Step 5

Re-adjust the "Db" knob back down until the needle again is between 1 and 2.

Step 6

Adjust your dish slowly until you get a reading of 10 again on your meter. Repeat the process until you have the best possible signal.