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KVH M7 track vision problem.Not tracking

Hello I have a KVH M7 track vision satellite. When I switch it on the antenna starts searching for the satellites but can not find the first one. I used the antenna in north Greece with Eutelsat W2 and Astra 1 satellites.There is a full coverage here by both of them.When I was in Italy and France everything worked perfectly.
If somebody can give me some clue will be great.
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As you move east and west on the Mediterranean, you must adjust the LNB, rotate it, see book.

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    Sorry, but you say nonsense. A7 can recieve only circular polarisation. It wouldn't work wit linear polarisation from eutelsat w2 and astra. A7 can work in north america with directv or in russia with NTV+ and Tricolor

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Please use http://www.dishpointer.com/ to calculate skew angle. For example Astra2 in North Greece have 21 degree skew and in France have only 6 degree skew. You had to changeLNB skew. In my opinion +-5 degrees is quite good acuracy.
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