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Performing a Site Survey

To get a signal, a satellite dish must be pointed directly at the satellite, with NO obstruction between the two.

This means NO trees and NO buildings.

To determine where the satellite you are looking for is located, use our satellite look angle and azimuth calculator.

Once you have obtained that information, use a compass to determine the location of the satellite from your property.

When you look for obstacles that may be in the path of the signal (according to the look angle and the azimuth of the satellite), take into consideration future tree growth, house remodeling or additions and new construction in your area.

  • The satellite signal WILL NOT PASS through leaves or branches.
  • The satellite signal WILL NOT PASS through glass; don't try to install your dish indoors!

Where are the satellites located anyway?

The satellites are located 22,000 miles above the equator.

In Canada, depending on where you live, the satellites highest above your head will have an elevation angle between 30 and 45 degrees and the most westerly and most easterly satellites will have an elevation angle between 15 and 10 degrees (vice-versa if you live on the West coast).