Free to Air (FTA) Satellite Dish Setup





Introduction: Free to Air (FTA) Satellite Dish Setup

I was able to receive around 230 international channels just from one satellite using this simple fixed dish setup. There are a few fta satellites out there which broadcast a variety of channels all around the world. The first step would be to do some research on which satellites and channels are available in your area. Keep in mind that for C band channels you need a dish that's around 8 feet across and for KU band you need one around 35 inches in North America. Also Motorized dishes can move from one satellite to another is that's in your budget. I wanted to spend less than $150 so I went with the fixed dish KU band setup. I used two websites primarily during my research to check if a satellite is receivable from my location and to see what channels are on the satellite. I decided that the one satellite I wanted to connect to was Galaxy 19 97.0*W, it is the most popular KU band satellite.

Step 1: Hardware Required and Installation

I bought everything using ebay, I received everything all at once and quickly with free shipping.

FTA Satellite Dish 33" with mounting hardware $70, HD ready KU band LNB $8, DVBS2 HD Generic FTA Receiver with HDMI $55, RG6 100ft Coaxial Cable $10.

I decided not to install the dish on the side of the house but instead made a free standing base for the dish using 2x4's. Once you pick a location for your dish make sure it is clear of obstructions between the dish and the satellite. Run the RG6 Coaxial cable from the location back to where the receiver and tv are. It is easiest to install the mast before sliding the dish over it, keeping in mind that the mast should be installed perfectly vertical. I used a small level to check my mast before tightening it down. next install the LNB onto the dish and skew it for your satellite. Once you have done that slide the dish onto the mast and adjust the elevation (up/down) to what it needs to be for your location. Most dish mounts have marks on them to indicate this. Once the Elevation is adjusted tighten it down and using your compass point your dish toward your satellite (left/right) Azimuth. Connect and check the signal on the receiver and adjust left/right to get the best signal and then tighten down. There are plenty of tutorials online for installing and tuning a satellite if you need more information check them out.



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    Can I get HBO? I am down here on Pitcairn Island, far below the Equator. We have very few options, and only recently got Internet access to most of Pitcairn. We have never seen Game of Thrones or The Sopranos!
    Please help!

    How many channels can I see on Galaxy 17 ( can't I use any other than that? )

    Can I recieve UK channels too as they are free to air

    Is the satellite receiver plug and play? Do I need to sign up to any site or flash the box? with codes? Does the satellite box unscramble the signals to watch tv?

    Hi my question is can you get all the sports channels??

    I have reliance digital tv dish. Can I have a fta channel setup without recharging it?

    yes only if it uses a ku band lnb and ku band reciever.

    Please Khaleel 123, I wish to find out if you still have up to the 230 channels on this satellite? I wish to connect to it. I reside in Nigeria. Is there anything you did other than the things stated here that made it possible for you to receive up-to that number of channels?

    Some channels come and go, but around 230 are always available for free. It is important to see if galaxy 19 is available in your area and if it is what size ku band dish is required. All this information is available online. It really is just a matter of pointing the dish and connecting it to your reciever.

    Thanks for your response. I checked with and it gave me the readings for installation. But I don't think that Ku-band dish will do the job. From all indications, I will need a C-band dish of 1.8m-2.5m.

    Hope you don't mind asking questions were necessary