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Frequently Asked Questions

0.  The power went out and I don't see the satellite receiver screen on the TV anymore ?
The most commonly asked question. Your receiver is connected through either your TV or VCR's Line connection (RCA cables). Look on your TV or VCR remote control for a button called something like the following :  Line Input, Aux Input, Input Source, Source Select, Video Source, etc...
00.  Can you help me with my VCR or TV ?
No, there are 1,000,001  (a million and one) different VCRs out there with many different features
BUT, I'm sure with your VCR there came an instruction manual just for your exact VCR   :)
000. What can I do about sparklies across my TV screen ?
Sparklies are cause by interference. You should be using the RCA (Yellow/Red/White) cable included with the receiver. If you are using RCA cables into a VCR and the VCR uses a coax cable to connect to the TV, then upgrade the coax cable. 95% of the time sparklies are caused by the thin coax cable included with your VCR, and is laying parallel with a power cable.
1.  How can I get both signals from AMC4 and Galaxy 19 Satellites ?
You need either a motor to move the satellite dish, or a secondary dish, or a custom dish with two LNBs.
2.  Are AMC4 and Galaxy 19 the only FTA satellites out there ?
No, there are several others like AMC1, AMC4 and Telstar6, however they are not as populated or popular as AMC4 or Galaxy 19,       yet .
3.  Is FTA legal ?
Yes, signals that are NOT encrypted are legal picked up,
The receivers sold on this site are simple and specific FTA receivers; they are NOT capable of decrypting encrypted signals.
4.  Can I still have my existing Antenna TV, Cable TV, or Satellite TV  ?
Absolutely ! You do not loose anything by adding a FTA Satellite system,
There are several ways to connect your system, similar to how you use your DVD or VCR.
5.  How difficult is it to install a satellite dish by yourself ?
All depends on your level of your talents, skills, and patience. If you can :
Program a VCR, run cable, are a handyman, have the proper tools, and not afraid of heights
then you can probably install a satellite dish within a day.
6.  What is the hardest part in DIY installation
The hardest steps are programming the receiver(s), and finding (and fine tuning) the dish to the signal.
The "Chicken and Egg" problem: to program the receiver you need the proper signal, to find the signal you need the receiver programmed.
6a.  What is the "Chicken and Egg" problem ?
Which came first the chicken or the egg ?  You tell me !        (I'm still trying to find an answer)
7.  Can you guide me through setting up a satellite dish or programing a receiver ?
No, it is up to you to do the research first, or just get an installer to install it for you.
8.  What tools are recommended for a DIY installation ?
Besides the obvious tools like a Drill, Ladder, Hammer, Screw Drivers, Wrenches,
The most important tool is the Level, to find the satellite signal faster use a Compass and a Signal Finder, to make a nice clean installation use proper Cable Strippers, Cable Crimper Tool and Cable Connectors.
9.  Can the satellite signal be picked up through trees or windows ?
No, the satellite dish needs to be pointed "Line of Sight" with the satellite. No obstacles.
10.  Does Snow, Rain, Wind, Earth, Fire bother the signal ?
It can, but it's very minor
Snow, Rain : the further from the equator, the more vertical the satellite dish is, and water will not collect as when the satellite dish is more horizontal
Wind : is more noticeable if it is very strong (the dishes can handle 100 mph winds)
Clouds : only the very dense clouds (if thunder clouds it's time to unplug everything anyhow)
11.  Can I paint the dish ?
No, it is not recommended to paint the dish,
Most paints are thick, contain metals, and reflect sunlight (rather than signal) which can ruin the LNB.
Only a certain type of industrial paint will work, ingredients, thickness, texture, shade, and finish.
12.  Why do I need a second satellite receiver for my other TV ?
The second receiver allows you to independently change channels,
You could connect two or more TVs to one receiver, but all the TVs would be subject to the one receiver. Think of the receiver like a DVD or VCR, it will make more sense for independence.
13.  How important is a surge protector ?
Very important to protect your equipment from surges or spikes
I would highly recommend a surge protector with both electrical and coax (DBS) protection.