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April 2002

Q.1 : Dear Sir, we have a Ku-band dish, LNB and Digital (Coship) Receiver. We are unable to get signals from any Ku band satellite in the receiver. In the receiver setup, I have entered the frequency of 5150 (low) and 10500 (high). Is it right? Our Feed horn & LNB are both in the correct position?

Ans: In the LNB settings part on the receiver setup menu, you should punch in 5150 MHz as the LO (Local Oscillator frequency) for C-Band reception. However, for Ku reception, you should punch in 11500 or 10500 MHz.

Q.2 : Dear Editor on the Asiasat 3S @ 105 deg. East, I receive the ESPN Philippines signal. Please provide the correct Video PID, because I receive signal strength of only 50% & cannot get any picture?

Ans: On Asiasat 3S you are getting 50% signal strength on a Digital Sat Receiver should provide you an adequate picture. However, the ESPN Philippines channel is not free-to-air on the Asiasat 3S satellite. It is scrambled using Videoguard Conditional access technology on the downlink frequency of 4000 H with SR 26850 and FEC 7/8. Check out the channel guide pages in our magazine.

Q.3 : Sir, I have an 8ft Ku band dish, is possible to track Ku Band satellite with a 3ft dish from Sukkur? Which channels can I receive? If not possible then suggest proper dish size for Ku band?

Ans: Yes Mr. Khalid, it is certainly possible to receive Ku channels using an 8ft Ku dish. Viewers all over Pakistan can receive the Maharishi transmissions from EuropeStar satellite, LM-1 Satellite @ 75 deg. East, Southern beam & the Express 6A at 80 deg. East. Also of course the AP Net education transmissions on INSAT 2 E@ 83deg. E at 11.575 H. Please keep in mind that you will be able to receive only the free-to-air channels.

Q.4 : Dear Mr. Hadi I am living in Dubai last four years, I have recently installed a KU band dish in India Gujrat. I receive the Maharishi channel perfectly. However, I am unable to receive any Ku band signals from the Apstar 2R satellite located at 76.5 degrees East. Could you please check the details given by you in your channels guide?

Ans: Mr. Ramesh, Congratulations on your commencement of Ku band reception. Unfortunately for you, the Apstar 2R Ku band transmissions primarily cover Northern India since they are actually targeted for China. However, all locations in India will receive the following Ku band signals. The Maharishi transmissions from the EuropeStar Satellite @ 45 deg. East, LM-1 Satellite @ 75 deg. East, Southern beam & the Express 6A at 80 deg. East – Check our Dish Channels Guide for details.

Q.5 : I am unable to receive the Fox news channel. Until recently, this was available free to air on the Asiasat 3S satellite. What are its new free-to-air reception parameters?

Ans: Yes. Mr. Amir, you are correct, the Fox News channel was until recently, transmitted as a free to air channel on 3980 MHz, vertical polarization, on the Asiasat 3S satellite located at 105.5 degrees east. Last month, the National Geographic Adventure One Channel replaced Fox News on 3980 V, Incidentally; the National Geographic Adventure One Channel is digital, scrambled. The Fox News channel continues to be available on the Star for individuals located in remote areas that do not receive cable television. These services are also encrypted and pay. Hence, as of now, the Fox News channel is not available free-to-air for Pakistani viewers.

Q.6 : Where is the Adventure Channel now located? Is there any Free-to-Air movie channel on the Ku band beam?

Ans: The National Geographic Adventure channel is now scrambled and available on the Asiasat 3S satellite – for which you will have to get a decoder from them. The channel may also come in as a part of the Star TV package. For the detailed list of channels on the LM1 satellite, please check out the ‘Channel Guide’ either in our magazine.

Q.7 : I am very happy for the prompt reply to my earlier query. The Intelsat satellites from 60 to 66 degrees, can any of them be caught from Hyderabad? Have you tried The Agila at 146 degrees East? A friend of mine has got it. I have yet to try it! The analog channel itself is powerful. There are a couple of digital channels it seems?

Ans: Yes, all of the Intelsat satellites from 60 to 66 degrees east, and the one at 57 degrees East can be received well in Hyderabad. Check out the channel guide pages, in our magazine. Yes the C-band beam from The Agila can be received in Pakistan. As FTA channels, you can receive the TBN channel, CN, IBC, ESC 1, GMA Network channel in NTSC, and the Ezmall Shopping channel from the Agila satellite.

Q.8 : We operate a HeadEnd system in Multan. Please provide details of the Rainbow Channel on the ST-1 satellite?

Ans: Yes, the Rainbow (Adult) channel is available on the ST-1 satellite located at 88 degrees East. However it is now scrambled using Nagravision conditional access technology and requires a decoder to be able to receive it. I would suspect though that the channel is not targeting Pakistan and therefore may not be willing to sell you a decoder for installation and viewing in Pakistan. The channel is based in Taiwan and their website address is and you can access details of the channel from that site. Their contact details are also available on their site.

Q.9 : I would like to purchase a Ku band dish of more than 6ft diameter. Is there any manufacturer in Dubai? In the area of Sharja, Zee and Star package are received via Mediasat satellite in Ku band. Is this illegal?

Ans: Usually Ku dishes are not manufactured in such large sizes. There is essentially no difference in a C or Ku band dish, except for the following 2 points: 1. The Ku band dish cannot use a mesh. It must be a solid dish. The holes / space in the mesh need to be less than 10% of the wavelength, of the received signals. A 12 GHz Ku band signal will have a wavelength of 2.5 cms. This would require a mesh spacing of less than 0.25 cms! The Ku band dish geometry (shape) needs to be more exact than that of a C band dish. Hence, if you want a large Ku band dish, you can use any solid (petal) or fibre 6ft dish and install a Ku LNBF on it. This will enable you to receive Ku band signals. It is possible that the people who are receiving these Zee and Star packages are doing so from one of the satellites providing DTH services to the Middle East.

Q.10 : Please let me know, what is the frequency of the new ETV channels, which have started on which satellite?

Ans: Dear Mr. Feroz, the 6 new ETV channels are available from the Insat 2E satellite at 3485 MHz, vertical polarisation, SR 27,000, FEC ¾, on the Zonal Beam. All channels are free-to-air!

Q.11 : Dear Sir, since 26th January, DD News was replaced by Bharti channel. Is DD News still available on Panamsat. If yes can you please tell me its frequency & symbol rate?

Ans: No, DD News is not available as a channel now. It has been rechristened as DD Bharathi with a changed focus and content.


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