Installing Astro Satellite Dish

By on January 6, 2011



Two weeks ago i have engaged a friend to install TV antennas for me and today there was another guy from ASTRO (direct broadcast satellite (DBS) pay television) came to my house to fix the ASTRO Beyond satellite dish. Astro Beyond dish is bigger than the normal Astro dish. One has to pay RM20.00 extra to get the HD movie quality. Before he adjusted the dish to get the best reception, he turned on an equipment and look at the signal strength. The equipment also produce high pitch beeping sound if there is a very good  reception. The name of the test gear was Horizon Digital Satellite Meter and it was provided by the Astro company. The cost of the meter is RM3000.00. For Astro Beyond, he have to select Measat 3a to test and for normal Astro Channels he have to select Measat 3 only. You can click here to learn more about Measat.

He told me that during the early days, one could earn a lot just by fixing satellite dish but now since many houses already have one thus  the earning had dropped. Below are the photos of the Astro Installer and the meter:

astro beyond

astro beyond

horizon digital satellite meter

 horizon digital satellite meter

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21 Comments

  1. Waleed

    January 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    we use the same kind of machine..not the same brand name but it does the same thing but instead, it shows the strength of the signal by graf which makes it easy to see how strong the signal is. it cost a lot of money but it is worth having...

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  2. Bernard

    January 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hi Jestine,
    You are getting Astro fixed and thanks for sending us the information. Well one friend of mine show me a China build TV pendrive. Just put in CPU and then you can watch multiple channels from china TV stations and others. Also can view TV dramas and Cinema shows, when new show it will download itself. Says it's RM180.00 , maybe in China is cheaper. have you seen this device? thanks

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  3. admin

    January 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Hi Bernard,

    I have never heard of it before but that device seems to be very interesting.

    Jestine

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  4. Sam C

    January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Jestine

    TV PenDrive is an USB tuner that lets you use your computer as TV and digital media center. Digital ATSC high definition USB tuners cost about US$20. Analog NTSC/PAL versions are under US$10 or even free since there are only a handful analog broadcast stations remaining in US.

    http://www.port-place.com/usb-20-pendrive-tv-tuner-dv20.html

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  5. Eric Tan

    January 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    can u share your satellite signal strength by using this meter?signal level?

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  6. admin

    January 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    HI Eric,

    This meter was owned by the installer.

    Jestine

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  7. Eric Tan

    January 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Home>Settings>Installation Settings>PIN “0000″>Satellite Settings>OK>OK

    you just follow the instruction above & select entry point # 1,then you will get your signal strength,signal quality & signal level(0-255).

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  8. harsha

    February 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    i want your support to installing satellite disk

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  9. admin

    February 28, 2011 at 4:11 am

    HI Harsha,

    Sorry i do not install satellite dish.

    Jestine

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  10. Fahmi

    February 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Jestine,

    Recently read your blog,good content. Do you have contacts for any good Astro installer? I have a new place where I want to re-wire Astro Beyond PVR to multiple points. Would like to find a good installer that can give high quality work.

    Thanks for the help.

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  11. admin

    February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    HI Fahmi,

    Sorry i have lost his contact about a year ago. Try check from any local tv seller shop and I'm sure they will have lots of contacts.

    Jestine

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  12. Nizam

    May 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hi Jestine
    I live in a condo where centralised SMATV installed. Since i just renovated ths hse, I don want any exposed cable in the hse. I manage to connect a cable frm the sat dish to my SMATV point, thus no exposed cable in the hse (cable from SMATV room to my hse is all concealed). BUt then I was thinking to install astro pvr package & i was told it required 2 cable for the decod & pvr unit. My question is
    1. Since i don want any exposed cable for the PVR, can I use the existing concealed cable and then seperate the cable using 1 way tap 40-1250MHz 12dB?
    2.I heard about stacker/destacker for the above purpose, How much are the retail price?
    3.Do u hav any other idea that can solve my prob?
     
    Ur kind reply are very much apprecated

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    • Jestine Yong

      May 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

      HI Nizam,

      I suggest that you call up astro for more details because I do not have those info-sorry.

      Jestine

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  13. Pateresio Laliqavoka

    June 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Well , I was captured and stayed on the site for one whole night . That should explain how useful to me this site was and still is. i can say that I wish I have all tome in the world to saty on and browse over .......BUT because there are other things to attend to I had to leave for a while but in my mind ther has been an impact....
    Will come back as soon as I can.
     
     
    Pate 

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    • Jestine Yong

      June 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Pateresio,

      Thanks.

      Jestine

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  14. luriaze

    June 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    i had bought astro beyond a few days ago...and already activated... then i move and bring along the decoder + the astro dish... but in my new place, i cant get the signal evethough i place the dish to the same direction as my neighbour astro... so do you have any tips onhow to get the signal...
     

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    • Jestine Yong

      June 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Hi Luriaze,

      Have you check the cabling? In your case, you really need the help from any Astro fixing guy that have the tester to scan for the signal or to fix the ASTRO BEYOND problem.

      Jestine

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  15. Peter

    September 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Hi Jestine,
    I wonder if the Astro signal can be received in Australia.
    Thanks,
    Peter

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    • Jestine Yong

      September 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Peter,

      No I don't think so because it is cater for paying customers in my country Malaysia.

      Jestine

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  16. shayanthan

    May 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Hi, Mr Jestine Yong, i want to watch Asia satellites in Europe, is there any idea? Do i need to fix big dish?

    Thanks,

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    • Jestine Yong

      May 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hi Shayanthan,
      Sorry I have no idea on this.

      Jestine

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