Johnny's Electronics

53 Victoria Highway, Katherine NT 0850
08 8972 1102

Servicing the Katherine Region and beyond for over twenty-five years. Satellite communication, white goods and electronic appliances.

Click here if you require instructions on how to configure your satellite dish receiver.

Configure your satellite dish


Assemble your dish as per the included instructions and connect all cables between the dish, the receiver and a TV. Ensure that:

  • the dish's nuts and bolts are not tightened - you will need to make adjustments to the alignment of the dish to maximise satellite signal Quality,
  • there are no major obstructions in front of the dish, such as trees and buildings - the Quality of the satellite signal may be adversely affected, and
  • you have a compass for aligning the dish to the satellite.

The Satellite Signal Location Map below shows you the horizontal alignment of the dish from north. Find the appropriate alignment corresponding to your location on the map. Note that this figure will only be an approximation. Systematic adjustment of the dish will be required to maximise satellite signal Quality.

Configure your VAST Satellite Receiver

Please note that your satellite receiver already contains the correct channel information.

  1. Turn on your satellite receiver and display it on your TV.
  2. Press Menu button and select Advanced Option, press OK button
  3. Enter PIN code: 1 2 3 4
  4. Select Signal Detection, press OK button

Align your Satellite Dish

On your TV, you should see Quality and Level. For this operation, we need only focus on Quality.

  1. Align the dish to the direction that you obtained from the Satellite Signal Location Map. Note that this direction is only an approximation.
  2. Move your dish across the sky in the general direction of the satellite. If using a satellite finder, adjust the sound level to bare readable sound.  Notice on your TV the Quality of the signal, the aim is to maximise this. Move the dish enough so that you get a general idea of where the satellite is in the sky.
  3. Systematically move the satellite dish to maximise the Quality of your signal. This is best done by moving the dish up and down progressively across the sky. ie. large up-and-down movement, small sidways movement. (see diagram)
  4. Note: if you pick up a signal and the needle or your satellite finder swings beyond the maximum signal, wind back to level 5 and fine tune your dish. Strong signal means that you are on a satellite but it may not be the right one. Check your display on the TV: if you do not have Quality you are on the wrong satellite. You are on the right satellite if you have Signal Quality AND Signal Lock: Locked.
  5. Fine tune Quality by adjusting the angle of the LNB. You can do this by simply twisting the entire LNB box in its supporting bracket in the dish.
  6. Once you are happy with the Quality of the signal, tighten all nuts and bolts but do not over-tighten.

Finally, press Exit button three times to return to TV Programs