What Is The Best Height To Install A Satellite Dish?

When installing a satellite dish it is very important to know the right height to position it from the ground. Although there are no hard and fast rules regarding the right height for a satellite dish and it mostly depends on whether you prefer the dish to be hidden out of sight or whether it is more important to have it in a readily accessible spot, it is also a good idea to position it where the signal will not be obstructed by neighbouring buildings or trees. Here at TV Aerials Wrexham we discuss the pros and cons of different places to install a satellite dish which we hope will assist you in finding the best position for your particular requirements.

  • First Identify the Dish Direction
    Before discussing the ideal position to place your satellite dish, it is important to understand how to align the dish so that it is pointed in the right direction. Since I have already discussed this in great detail in a previous blog, I will not go into this in great detail except to remind you of the two essential alignments that are of concern when picking the best position and height for a satellite dish:
  1. Elevation – the angle in which the dish should be pointed up to the Sky*
    Azimuth – the East-West direction the dish points to
  2. Height – to obtain the best signal
    Satellite dishes do not work in the same way as TV aerials where height is important to get a better signal. As long as there is a clear line of sight between the dish and space satellites, the signal strength received will be the same from the top of a skyscraper as it would be from head height. Line of sight, in other words, is more important than height. Therefore, the spot you choose must be in a position that will be sufficiently clear of any nearby obstructions like buildings or trees that could obstruct the line of sight. By using the elevation/azimuth angle provided to you when your information was entered into Dish-pointer, you should be able to see any obstructions that may be a problem. If you are not sure, use a compass.

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Installing a Satellite Dish for Ease of Access

If you prefer to install your satellite dish where it can be accessed easily for maintenance reasons or where it makes installation easier, you want to choose a position that is lower down and ideally on a south-facing wall. Providing that you can obtain a good line of sight, considering that signals come down from space at an angle, this position may the best option for you.

If your satellite dish is very big and heavy or it is a motorised dish, you may want to install it lower down in case anything goes wrong or if you are attempting to align the dish without the use of professional satellite equipment. If it is place low down it will be more accessible for alignment purposes or to replace any parts when necessary.

Optimum Height for a Satellite Dish – Out of Reach

Hopefully, by now you understand that the height of a dish is not the most important factor when it comes to good satellite reception. Like I said before, it is more important to pick a spot where there is a clear line of sight to the nearest satellite from space. This means that you should avoid a site where there are obstructions nearby that could get in the way of an optimum signal.

However, if there is such a thing as optimum height, I would recommend a position on a wall that is out of reach from the ground. This will prevent the dish from being accidentally knocked out of line by someone and would make it less likely to being vandalised. This applies particularly to a dish that is installed over a public road where it is more likely that you may have the unfortunate experience of the dish being vandalised or even stolen.