oh right lol i guess they should be fitted then, its pee'ing down here atm, so i'll chuck em on soon.
are they just for the normal f-connectors or will they fit over compression f-connectors aswell?
motorFor menu screen shots i am going to use a Technomate reciever as these are now a very popular choice. The majority of recievers all have very similar setup options.
First of all connect the lead from the reciever to the motor, now back inside connect it to the satellite input socket on the reciever and turn on the reciever.
Now before you enter anything into the reciever go back outside and take a quick look at the dish, it should look similar to the picture below, with the dish face itself sitting pretty straight, if not a quick trip up the ladder now will save you pulling your hair out in 20 mins time. Now would also be an ideal time to use your compass to point the dish as due south as you can, it doesnt need to be spot on, but its no good pointing it towards santas house.
Back into the house now, and into the motorised setup menu. First of all select a satellite, for this we'll use Thor @ 1'W. Now select your motor type. I always use USALS as its so easy when it comes to adding more satellites. Now you need to enter your latitude and longitude that you wrote down earlier (you did keep them safe i hope). Once all this is done you should have an option to 'Go To' highlight this and press OK. The dish will move slightly. Now if you havent got a signal strength meter you are going to have to rely on the onscreen levels, fortunatley on the technomates these are extremely sensitive and acurate.
the bars on the screen will more than likley indicate very little or no signal, you need to slowly move the dish to get these as high as possible. On a technomate when a signal is 'locked' the bars will change colour from both red to one yellow and one blue, once they have done this you can tighten the dish slightly ready to fine tune the alaignment.
First off to start fine tuning the dish hold the face of the dish (the big circle) and only very lightly bend it (it wont damage it) left and right and up and down. This should cause the signal on the screen to improve. Once you have worked out which way to move the dish to improve the signal move it very slightly and again bend the face. Keep doing this untill any way you bend the face causes the signal to drop. You have now alaigned the dish, you just need to tighten it. First of all tighten the elevation bracket on the back of the dish, taking care not to move it.
Now you need to tighten the motor onto the pole. Be carefull here because if you just go tightening the bolts you will move the dish. As you tighten a clamp onto a round fixing the clamp moves in the opposite direction its being tightened. So, if you tighten the bolt on the left 3 turns, also tighten the bolt on the right 3 turns. Do this untill you are satisfied that it is tight enough.
You should now have a screen similar to this:
I think I've now resolved this completely. I also have a Mediacenter PC with a tuner, and this is looped with the Dreambox. If the Mediacenter has made a recording and even though it's gone back to sleep, it blocks diseq commands until it's PC is rebooted; then everything works absolutely reliably. I suppose I'll have to get a twin LNB eventually, but that's the only reason it would really be necessary. Incidentally the V-box system is quite fast, probably faster than most diseq motors.
Always mount mine as far up the motor mast as possible to reduce the leverage effect.
Get the dish central on the motors mast, set the elevation/declination on the motor/dish roughly from your coordinates and send the dish to 0.8w then fine tune dish and then check the arc.
Reading back through this great thread I have now learn't about the centre line on the motor, so I can address this. I have also purchased a Satlink WS-6933 meter.
Won't be using usals as I don't think the mount on the wall is 100% perfectly plumb. With the help of the meter I should be able to get it back as good as when first installed if not better, need the weather to give me a break first though.
Cheers for the tips guys.