Antenna Setup Menu - Guide Lines

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The values in the Antenna Setup Menu

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Satellite
This is the satellite that your receiver is locked into. There may be more than one, depending on your LNB and switch setup. Keep in mind that several satellites may have the same configurations. For example, you may have one dish and one LNB pointed to Echostar 7. Yet, you may see that Echostar 8/10, Echostar 1/2, Echostar 5, and Nimiq 1 all appear to have a signal. Of course, you know that one LNB equals one satellite, period. There is no way you can have several satellites lit up with only one LNB. What happens in this case is that other satellites use the same settings as the one you are pointed at and therefore will show a response to the signal as if you were pointed to them. That's why some receivers have an indicator above the setup menu that tells you which one you are actually receiving. That way, if you are set to Nimiq 1 and the indicator shows Echostar 8,10, then you know you are in fact pointed at Echostar 8,10 and not Nimiq 1.

LNB Power
This should always be ON. Unless, of course, you don't really want to watch TV.

LNB Type
There are different types of LNBs, just as there are different types of cars. But in both cases, the different types all do the same thing:

Standard = This is called "Single" on some receivers. It's a basic, generic, one-satellite LNB.

If it is circular (Dish/BEV/DirecTV type), it will receive all frequencies from 12200-12700 MHz. This is the range of direct-to-home satellites in North America. It has left and right polarity.

If it is linear (FTA type), it will receive all frequencies from 11700-12200 MHz. This is the range of all Ku-band free-to-air satellites in North America. It has horizontal and vertical polarity.

A third type of standard LNB isn't often used. It operates in the 3700-4200 MHz range, which is C-band. This type of LNB goes with a large 6 to 12-foot dish.

A fourth type of standard LNB is a circular that is used for the Anik F3/Echostar 7 combo. It is designed to operate in the 11700-12750 MHz range but unlike the typical LNB used for FTA, it has left-right circular polarity rather than horizontal-vertical linear polarity.

OCS-DP = This is the setting if you have a DishPro LNB. Don't use this if your LNB is not a DishPro.

Legacy Twin = This is twin "fatboy" type LNB made by Echostar that has either the Dish Network or Bell ExpressVu logo on it. Unlike OCS-DP, it is not a DishPro and therefore does not have the DishPro logo.

Legacy Quad = Another "fatboy" LNB that is not DishPro. Unlike the twin, this one has four cable outputs for two receivers.

Universal = This type of LNB is used for linear-polarity Ku-band free-to-air. Unlike the Standard LNB, this one operates in the 10700-12750 MHz range, which covers the entire Ku-band spectrum. Because it is linear, it cannot receive Dish Network or Bell ExpressVu, even though it covers the same frequency range. It will, however, get free-to-air. Whether to use a Standard or Universal LNB for FTA is a matter of preference. Both will work and there are no advantages of one over the other.

LNB Freq
Your receiver operates at a frequency range of 950-2150 MHz. That is considerably less than the 3700-12750 MHz of the satellite signal that your dish picks up. The setting called "LNB Freq" is actually an LOF or Local Oscillator Frequency. How it works is simple: The frequency coming in from the satellite minus the frequency of the receiver is the LOF (LNB Freq). In other words, a transponder broadcast at 12224 MHz is processed through the LNB and sent to the receiver at 974 MHz (12224 - 11250 = 974, so the LNB Freq is 11250). Similarly, if the transponder is sending 11720 MHz, it goes to your receiver as 970 MHz (11720 - 10750 = 970, so the LNB freq is 10750).

Dish and BEV circular LNBs should be set to 11250 and FTA linear LNBs should be set to 10750. C-band LNBs should be set to 5150. The LNB Freq for the Anik F3/Echostar 7 combo LNB should be 10750. All types of OCS-DP and Legacy Twin/Quad should be set to 11250.

Because a Universal LNB has such a large range, it needs to use the receiver's entire 950-2150 range, instead of the 950-1450 range that a Standard LNB uses. Because of this, it has two settings-- a High and a Low. For the most commonly used Universal LNB, the High is 10600 and the Low is 9750. The two settings work together to make full use of the receiver's range: The Low 9750 LOF down-converts from 10700-11900 to 950-2150 and the High 10600 down-converts from 11550-12750 to 950-2150.

22 kHz
A 22 kHz switch uses an electronic tone to differentiate between two LNB feeds. The satellite that is plugged into the "Off" position on the switch should be set to "Off" in the Antenna settings and the one plugged into the "On" position should be set to "On" in the antenna settings. If you do not have a 22 kHz switch, just leave this setting "Off".

Tp Freq
Think of this setting like numbers on a radio dial. You don't have to have it set to any one of the transponders unless you are trying to point a dish or verify that you have a signal. Flip through the transponders just as you would flip through TV channels until you find one that has a good signal. Just like TV and radio channels, not all transponders will have a signal, and some will have a better signal than others.

DiSEqC
This is the switch setting if you have a DiSEqC or DishPro switch. If you have only one satellite (thus not using any type of switch) or if your switch has a Dish Network or Bell ExpressVu logo but not a DishPro logo, this setting should be set to "None" or "Off".

If you are using a 2-satellite DiSEqC switch, a 2-satellite DishPro switch, or a "fatboy" DishPro LNB, set to "Tone Burst A" or "Tone Burst B", as appropriate.

If you are using a 4-satellite DiSEqC switch or a 3 or 4-satellite DishPro switch, set to "Port 1", "Port 2", "Port 3", or "Port 4", as appropriate.

Motor
If you do not have a motor, leave this setting off. If you have a motor, you can use two different types of settings:

USALS automatically calculates where the motor must turn based on your longitude and latitude. Usually when you have your Motor set to USALS, you can press OK and enter this information.

DiSEqC 1.2 is used to move the dish with the remote control and manually store the location in the motor's memory once you have an optimal signal. In Viewsat and a few other receivers, this setting is called "User" or "Installer".

Legacy SW
This is the switch setting you use if you have a switch with a Dish Network or Bell ExpressVu logo that does not have a DishPro logo. If you are using a DiSEqC or DishPro switch, or if you have only one satellite (thus not using any type of switch), this should be set to "None" or "Off".

If you have a switch with a Dish Network or Bell ExpressVu logo that does not have a DishPro logo, select the setting that is appropriate.

Common Antenna Setups

18" to 24" dish and Circular LNB
30" to 39" dish and Linear LNB
30" to 39" dish and Low-band circular LNB


BEV 91
Sat Name: Nimiq 1/3
Transponder: 12224
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

BEV 82
Sat Name: Nimiq 2
Transponder: 12224
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

DISH 110
Sat Name: Echostar 8/10
Transponder: 12224
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

DISH 119
Sat Name: Echostar 7
Transponder: 12239
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

DISH 148
Sat Name: Echostar 1/2
Transponder: 12224
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

DISH 129
Sat Name: Echostar 5
Transponder: 12282
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

DISH 121 (if using Standard)
Sat Name: Echostar 9
Transponder: 11724
LNB Type: Standard
LNB Freq: 10750

DISH 121 (if using Universal)
Sat Name: Echostar 8/10
Transponder: 11724
LNB Type: Universal
LNB Freq Lo: 9750
LNB Freq Hi: 10600

DISH 118
Sat Name: Anik F3
Transponder: 11715
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 10750

DISH 105 (if using Standard)
Sat Name: AMC 15
Transponder: 11740
LNB Type: Standard
LNB Freq: 10750

DISH 105 (if using Universal)
Sat Name: Echostar 8/10
Transponder: 11740
LNB Type: Universal
LNB Freq Lo: 9750
LNB Freq Hi: 10600

DISH 61.5
Sat Name: Echostar 3
Transponder: 12297
LNB Type: Standard (if using Legacy), OCS-DP (if using Dish Pro)
LNB Freq: 11250

GALAXY 10 (if using Standard)
Sat Name: Galaxy 10R
Transponder: 11800
LNB Type: Standard
LNB Freq: 10750

GALAXY 10 (if using Universal)
Sat Name: Galaxy 10R
Transponder: 11800
LNB Type: Universal
LNB Freq Lo: 9750
LNB Freq Hi: 10600

AMC-4 (if using Standard)
Sat Name: AMC 4 Ku
Transponder: 11983
LNB Type: Standard
LNB Freq: 10750

AMC-4 (if using Universal)
Sat Name: AMC 4 Ku
Transponder: 11983
LNB Type: Universal
LNB Freq Lo: 9750
LNB Freq Hi: 10600

GALAXY 25 (if using Standard)
Sat Name: Galaxy 25
Transponder: 12177
LNB Type: Standard
LNB Freq: 10750

GALAXY 25 (if using Universal)
Sat Name: Galaxy 25
Transponder: 12177
LNB Type: Universal
LNB Freq Lo: 9750
LNB Freq Hi: 10600