We typically recommend ground pole mount installations for fixed/permanent HughesNet Satellite Internet System installations using any of the HughesNet Satellite Dish Antennas on the market today! These instructions will work in most areas for almost any of the HughesNet antennas on the market including the HughesNet .74m, .98m, and 1.2m antennas for both Ku-band Gen3, and Ka-band Gen4 and Gen5 systems.
The photo below shows a standard Ground Pole mount w/ our .90m metal Gen5 antenna! Note the conduit running up to a few inches below the az/el cap to keep animals from chewing on it!
For a standard ground pole mount in most areas, we recommend the following materials! We encourage you to run your coaxial cable in conduit to prevent animals from damaging it! We typically use 3/4″ – 1″ gray PVC schedule 40 conduits. If you use elbows to go up the pole or up the side of your home or business, be sure to use sweeping elbows and not sharp 90’s. You can choose to glue the conduit together if you wish, but it’s usually not necessary to do so!
1 8 1/2 foot (102 inches) long 2 inch (2″) schedule 40 steel, black, or galvanized metal pipe (no threads needed, but threaded will work also)
180 – 220# of Premix Concrete Mix (You can choose to use standard or fast-setting, and they come in several different bag sizes, 50lb., 60lb., 80lb. etc. as well!)
1 or 2 3/8″ x 6″ or 3/8″ x 10″ spikes
Basic Ground Pole Mount Instructions
- Drill a 3/8″ hole through the pipe, approx. 6″ from the bottom of one end of the pole and pound a spike through it. This simply keeps the pipe from turning in the concrete, once the concrete is set up. Option: You can drill a second hole through the pipe 6″ or so higher up and add a 2nd spike if you wish as shown in the photo below for additional stability.
2. Dig a hole in the ground where you have a clear line-of-site to the satellite you will be using. Make it approximately 3 1/2 feet deep and approx. 14″ diameter.
3. Place the pole in the hole
4. If you are running the coaxial cable in conduit make sure to cut a piece of conduit to go up the pole and either tape it or zip tie it to the pole to hold it in place while the concrete is setting up! We usually place the conduit elbow in the concrete so that the cable and conduit come out underground in a trench to the home or business. You will want to add a piece of conduit in the trench as well so the concrete does not cover it up during the pour or mixing process.
5. Mixing the cement/concrete, etc.
First… here are a couple of YouTube videos that show you the correct concrete mix/consistency! These videos show them mixing it in wheelbarrows, but there are other ways as well (below).
a. Wheelbarrow and shovel or rake, etc. (as shown above): You can mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow with a shovel, rake or hoe (as shown in the videos above) and then pour it into the hole.
b. Buckets: You can use 2 buckets and put some premix concrete in each bucket and then add water slowly to each bucket, pouring the premix back and forth between the buckets to mix it up until you get the concrete to the right consistency!
c. Cement Mixer: If you own or rent a concrete mixer, you can mix the concrete in the mixer and then pour it into the hole.
d. In-hole mixing: This is the easiest method by far, but it does not ensure the best consistency or stability as mixing the concrete outside of the hole to ensure a good mix and the proper consistency, but it certainly works if you do it right! With this method, you just basically just pour the premix into the hole and then add approx. 1 gallon of water per 50 lb. bag of premix. We recommend the 50lb bags of Quikrete for this method! You can put one bag in add a gallon of water, put another bag in the hole, add another gallon, etc. until the hole is full or within an inch or two of the top if you prefer to put dirt or gravel back over the top once it sets up.
5. Make sure the pole is level! You can use a pole level or a torpedo level to check to make sure the pole is level as you are adding the mix to the hole! If you use a magnetic torpedo level, make sure you check both sides to make sure it’s level in both directions!
6. Allow the pole to set up approx. 24 hours if you used standard concrete or at least 2 – 4 hours if you used fast-setting concrete before installing the satellite dish!
Custom (Larger and/or Taller) Ground Pole Mounts
We recommend that you only go 5′ – 6′ above ground with the standard ground pole mounts in order to prevent signal loss due the antenna and pole swaying in high winds! Whenever customers request a taller ground pole mount for any reason, we use a larger, longer, heavier pole, such as a 2 1/2″ Schedule 40 steel pole or even a 3″ Schedule 40 steel pole and then adapt it down to the correct 2″ OD size for antenna for the top 8″ or so of the pole! You can use threaded pipe w/ a bell reducer to adapt it down or you can weld the pipe together or whatever you prefer, but the pole has to be VERY solid in order to provide reliable service. Any movement can create errors in transmission and/or signal loss.
Attached ground pole mounts: Sometimes you can run a pole up the side of the building with supports attaching to the building in order to get above a roofline and to ensure that the pole is properly supported!
If you are doing a fixed / permanent ground pole mount installation, make sure to ground your satellite dish according to your local electrical codes! HughesNet has guidelines for grounding your satellite dish as well, however, local codes supersede HughesNet grounding requirements! Our systems ship with a coaxial cable ground block that is included in with the modems packaging that is typically used outside of the home to ground/bond the outer metal shielding of the coax to the main building ground! You can usually ground the satellite dish antenna to the ground pole mount and meet most electrical codes in many areas! Contact us if you would like more information on how to properly ground your satellite Internet system!