QUOTE(kmccool @ May 20 2009, 01:49 PM)
Do I need to get a compass for set up purposes?
I don't usually use one if I can see other folks' antennas to get the general direction of the satellites, though. I hook the satellite finder up to the dish and point it in the right general direction. I wave it around until I get a strong signal, then go look at the TV display from the receiver to see which satellite I found. If it's the wrong one, I move it in the appropriate direction toward the one I want. It takes a couple minutes.
With a single-LNB dish, you don't need to worry about getting the tripod plumb (level). Eyeball it, and if it's close to straight up and down you are good. Even when I use our twin-LNB Dish 500 antenna, that's good enough unless we are near the Canadian or Mexican border.
A satellite finder will make setup easy. Some folks call them "marriage savers."
If you really want to invest a few bucks, the Align-A-Site
comes in handy for finding a place to put the tripod when you are in the trees. It will allow you to find that little hole between the limbs where the satellite is lurking.