1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Viewsat Ultra Bin

Discussion in 'Digital TV - UK & Europe' started by Tralblazr, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Tralblazr

    Tralblazr Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Is the Bin file I need to update my viewsat ultra a .PGM file?
    Thanks for any help first time setting up a dish.
     
  2. bill038

    bill038 Guest

    Yes, it will be a pgm file. With the ultra, you can copy it to a memory stick and load it into your stb without having to hook it up to a computer.
     
  3. Tralblazr

    Tralblazr Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    thanks a lot. I was a bit confused on that. I am used to seeing a .bin file recognized by isobuster , but this is recognized by isobuster. Now just on to point my dish properly.
     
  4. bill038

    bill038 Guest

    Good luck with that. I have been fighting that most of the day. Thought I had it and when i got everything put away,found out I was missing one. Tomorrow is another day.
     
  5. Tralblazr

    Tralblazr Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    yea i've had my stuff a few days now but you know how it is, many hours if careful reading and scratching head wondering what the meaning what I am reading is still haven't gotten to pointing, hopefully by the end of the week i'll be up and running. lemme know how it goes for you. cheers
     
  6. bill038

    bill038 Guest

    Got it running today. A lot of running up stairs and then outside. A sat meter sure made it a lot easier.
     
  7. Tralblazr

    Tralblazr Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    sweet, yea I got a sat finder too, just the cheap kind tho with the analog readout. congrats on your set up. Hopefully I can find some time thursday or maybe friday to set the rest of mine up, I've just got the dish out on the tripod waiting to be pointed now. Well, I guess so since I have two LNB's and just one is set up now, I was a bit confused at first too since I have never put one together about how to hook up the 110/119 bracket to the dish properly.
     
  8. bill038

    bill038 Guest

    Dish Pointing Tips

    To get a signal, the satellite dish must be pointed directly at the satellite, with NO obstructions between the two. This means NO trees and NO buildings. Take into consideration future tree growth, house remodeling or additions and new construction in your area.

    The satellite signal WILL NOT PASS through leaves or branches.
    Use our Satellite Look Angle calculator to determine the proper dish angles.


    Finding a Clear Line of Sight

    Get yourself a good compass, the best you can afford. Check the "Azimuth" and "Elevation" for your location

    Locate at least one site on your property that has a clear view to the satellite.

    Do you have at least one clear view to the satellite? Remember, no trees, leaves, or buildings can be between the dish and the satellite.

    If the answer is NO, your site may not be suitable for installing the satellite system.

    If the answer is MAYBE, you may want to contact a local digital satellite dealer for information about having a professional installer conduct a thorough site survey.

    If the answer is YES, your site should be suitable for installing the system. Go ahead to the next section of these instructions.


    LNBF Polarization Tilt (skew):

    Your LNB is marked with a label indicating the polarization tilt. Your local LNB polarity offset information varies by location. If you are in Houston, TX your LNB polarization is to be set at 0 degrees. But if you are on the California coast your LNB polarization could be as much as minus 30 degrees (clockwise rotation). And if you are in Maine your LNB polarization could be as much as plus 30 degree (counter-clockwise rotation). Peaking the dish and adjusting the polarity of the LNB will greatly improve your Signal Quality reading.



    When adjusting your LNB, it's not going to be turned more than 31 degrees (unless you live in Hawaii). Also be sure you don't leave that LNB plastic bracket loose. The LNB won't pick up the satellite if the bracket is loose, and it's slightly off. Finally, when thinking about degrees, remember that 30 degrees is about 5 minutes on a clock. Don't turn the LNB too much!

    Make certain that the pole or tri-mast assembly is vertically plumb. Check it with an Angle Finder or a level. If the pole or tri-mast is not plumb, your azimuth and elevation will not be accurate and will cause difficulty when pointing the dish. Also, if you are using a pole mount, make certain you pour a sufficient footing that will provide proper ballast. A pole that does not have sufficient ballast will lean over time, causing you to lose the signal. Your mount must be very strong and can not wobble. You must use at least 4 lag screws (correct size for your installation) in the base mount one on each corner.



    When pointing the satellite dish, allow 5-10 seconds between any movements of the dish. This allows the receiver to complete a signal scan, and lock indicating that you have located the signal.

    A reasonable signal strength is between 50 and 80. If it is lower than that range, you are either pointing into an object (e.g. trees, shrubs, or structures) or pointing above or below the satellite. Your antenna installation position must have a clear view angle of the satellite you are trying to receive.

    There are other satellites within 2 degrees to the left or right that may use the same frequency. This will provide a strong signal strength reading but no signal quality or signal lock. If you have a high strength reading but are not able to lock on, try adjusting the dish slightly to the right or left.

    When you are attempting to set up a satellite dish in a heavily wooded area or one with lots of man made obstructions, it helps to understand how the dish really works. One common misconception is that the dish points 'directly' at the satellite. This isn't the case for most dish designs. The apparent elevation of the dish is 15 or more degrees lower than it's actual receiving window. Have a look at this diagram.... it's easier to see it than it is to explain it.....

    If you complete the above steps properly, your chance of a successful installation is 99.9%.

    Be aware that when you have finished your mechanical installation and you are trying to aim your dish that the receiver waits about 3-5 seconds after it locks on to the correct signal before it registers on the receiver's signal meter on the antenna aiming screen on your TV. Move your dish in very small increments (2 deg East or West each instance until you find the signal then 1 deg to peak signal). If you move the dish too fast and do not pause between moves you might go thru the signal before the receiver can tell you that you are on the signal.

    If you use a signal meter you can hook it into the system right at the dish and it responds to the signal immediately making it much easier to aim your dish. You do not need any one else to help you if you use a meter at the dish.

    Compare Signal Strength and Quality
    Zero Strength and Zero Quality:

    If this is the symptom you are experiencing, then the receiver is currently not receiving the signal from the dish. Check all connections between your receiver and the dish. Make sure that they are all plugged in to the proper place and are tight.

    One of the most common connection problems is to have the cable coming from the dish plugged in to the connection marked "In from Antenna," which is incorrect. The cable coming from the dish needs to be plugged in to the connection marked "In from Dish, Digital In, or LNB IN"

    Also, the cables might have developed a short or might have gotten moisture in them, especially out at the dish. If this is a possibility, you may want to have an installer check the cables or take them to an installer yourself.

    0-30 Strength and Zero Quality:
    If you are experiencing these levels of strength and quality, you are getting only noise signals. Make sure that there are no obstacles between the dish and satellite.

    40-60 Strength and Zero Quality:
    With this level of strength and a lack of quality, it is very likely that the dish has moved since its initial installation or you are still off alignment. We recommend going through the Dish Installation pointing steps and finding the satellite signal again. This will likely take just a few minor adjustments of the dish since it should not have moved very much. Key causes for this problem include bolts not being tightened properly, heavy winds, or the dish being struck or bumped by something. Once the signal has been found again, make certain all bolts are tightened well.

    We also recommend that once you have everything tightened down and have your signal back, make a mark from the cap mount to the pole with paint or some other permanent substance. This will give you a reference point, should any future problems occur. You can also make a mark on the side of the cap mount where your elevation markings are imprinted.

    40-60 Strength and 30-70 Quality:
    This level of strength and quality indicates that the dish needs to be fine-tuned to the satellite. You may have noticed that prior to getting the "Bad or No Signal" message your picture was occasionally blotchy and your audio may have been out of sync with the picture. These are all symptoms of the need to fine-tune the dish. Optimum signal quality is between 70 and 100.

    TIP: You can fine-tune your dish by going back to the signal strength screen. While the signal bar is running, have someone out at the dish. He will need to loosen the collar that holds the LNB. This is done by slightly loosening the two screws that hold the collar together. Once these screws are loose, slowly twist the LNB a fraction of an inch. After each movement allow 5 seconds for the receiver to register the change and update your quality reading. If the quality readings immediately begin to get lower while the adjustments are being made, then the LNB needs to be turned in the other direction. Once the LNB fine tuning is complete, tighten the two screws on the LNB collar. You may then complete the scan by pressing START.







    What is the easiest way to aim a dish?? ...copied


    -This is the most asked question, and the most common problem. I will tell you my technique, which I believe is the easiest. This is not the only way to aim a dish, but I find it the least confusing.

    The problem with FTA irds is that you will see signal and quality on all DBS satellites. 61.5, 82, 91, 110, 119, 148....all of these operate on the same frequency, so when you are aiming at one of them, and you find another, you will see a quality signal. Of course, if you are aimed at the wrong bird, all you will get is "scrambled or bad channel" or a bunch of "ghost channels" and duplicates.

    So, here is what I do to avoid confusing the birds...

    1. Flash the ird with the newest flash.

    2. Load a channel list with the sats you will be trying to get. I always do this because it helps with the aiming technique later. If you prefer scanning, after you find the birds, you can delete all your channels and scan away. BUT...load up a channel list in the beginning.

    3. Set the default key just in case it doesn't set automatically.

    4. Connect ONE LNB at a time. Do NOT use your switch yet. Run a cable directly from ONE LNB to your receiver.

    5. In the menu, make sure all your diseqc settings are at OFF.

    6. Now, pick the sat you are going to aim at. Connect this cable directly to the receiver, and tune to a channel on this sat. Example: trying to hit BEV 91?...tune to TSN. By doing this, the correct tp will be picked automatically. Again, no confusion! Some tps may not have anything on them, and so if you have your receiver set to a blank tp, then you will never find signal, even if you find the bird!! That's another reason why this method is easiest (I think).

    7. Use a satfinder program to get your coordiates. This can be found in this section of these forums.

    8. Go and move your dish SLOWLY. When a picture appears, then you know you have found the correct bird. If you hit a different DBS bird, then you will not get a picture....so no confusion. Once you get a picture, then use the receiver's signal meter to fine tune the signal.

    9. Move onto the next sat. Connect it directly, and follow the above directions. Do one sat/LNB at a time until all the sats have been found.

    10. Incorporate your switch, and adjust your diseqc settings in the menu accordingly.

    11. Enjoy TV...
     

Share This Page