Originally Posted by Mr. Dan
I use an iPhone app to locate the satellite(s) so I can tell if trees/trailer/etc. block the antenna's "view" of them. That helps me place my antenna. Then I use the DIRECTV Genie set-up function and my TV to fine-tune the pointing. However, before I use the Genie set-up, I check and double check my antenna's settings for tilt, azimuth, elevation (especially elevation). I had to get my eyeball close to the elevation markings, else I couldn't see the index pointer for the degree marks.
Do a search for azimuth or Direct tv or DIRECTV and find many other threads where details are given and explained. Here's one: Direct TV
I use a compass to find the direction to point the Dish I set the tri-pod to get a good view of the sw skies Ipull up the center post and use a bullet level with magnet built in to make sure it is plumb then before i put dish on pole i make the skew and elevation adj. (its too hard to see marks when on pole ( I have a book i got from a dish man that gives the exact #'s for every area code in the states) Instead of calling back and forth to DW i bring a small Tv and a 311 rec. out iplug every thing i have a pig-tail cable he put on the gun for me plug it to rec. run a cable from rec. to Tv
select menu go to set-up change area code signal strenth meter comes up
set the az to the highest % (around 70) and your good for a rain of 4"/hr
according to him. I've never lost signal in over three years.