Pointing out the News
Bell TV Update Feb 20, 2013
The Nimiq-1 91W BL Bell TV file has been updated effective today. This new file will lock on 91 but will not cross ID and lock on 82W.
NOTE - the 82W file will still cross ID on 91.
DishNetWork Eastern Arc 61.5 Updated Jan 21, 2013
61.5 files on the Configurge page have been updated to once again allow for Non-Ultra version Birdogs to show 'Found'.
NOTE - Birdog Ultra meters are not affected and continue to lock on all satellites for both Eastern & Western arc dishes.
DirecTv 99/103 Files
"Ka DirecTv 99 RF Only" and "Ka DirecTv 103 RF Only" have been added to the Available Satellites box of the Configure page and also to the Ultra download page. These files will NOT lock on 99/103 but will give RF signal strength for info purposes only.
NOTE - These files are NOT a substitute for the REQUIRED dithering of all DirecTv Ka/Ku dishes.
Also note that the Ka 103 file will not readily reflect movement of the dish to the same degree as the Ka 99 file, this is normal.
Birdog Ultra downloads can only be done from the download link on the Ultra page of this website. Do not use the Configure or Preconfigure pages to download files into your Birdog Ultra version meter.
Bell TV Files for Canada
There are now two Nimiq-4 82W files available on the configure page under "Named Services".
82W Nimiq-4 U.S. and 82W Nimiq-4 Canada.
Bell-TV installers in Canada should use file labeled for Canada.
NOTE - July 20, 2012 - Nimiq 1 @ 91W has migrated to satellite Nimiq 6 @ 91.1 West.
While the files will still lock in Canada, the footprint of Nimiq 6 does not reach very far South into the U.S. and as such Bell TV will only be available for viewing in Canada.
SWM files are available on the 'Configure' page
The 'Available Satellites' box on the Configure page has SWM files, located
after the 'Named Services' section.
There are currently two SWM sections:
----DirecTV SWM---- has two files, DirecTv SWM 101 and DirecTv SWM 119.
These files will work with any version Birdog.
---BirDog USB Plus Only--- has two files, DTV SWM 101 & 119 Dual Display
and DirecTV SWM Histogram. These files will only work in the USB Plus model.
To align the integrated SWM LNBs (SL5S or SL3S) with a Birdog meter, you must
use a single port power passing splitter, rated at least 2mHz to 2150mHz, or you
can use the DTV ASL tool. Connect the SWM power inserter to the power
passing port of the splitter/ASL, connect the Birdog to the non-power passing port.
1. As the non-Ultra version Birdog meters cannot power the integrated SWM LNB by itself, the SWM power inserter must be used with a splitter or ASL, as described in the above paragraph, when aligning this dish with your Birdog.
2. Do NOT have a receiver connected when aligning the integrated SWM LNB.
This can cause inaccurate readings on your meter.
Recent Satellite file Updates
101W SES-1 KV Revised 12/03/2013
Preconfigure Lists (ALL) Revised 11/04/2013
125W AMC-21 KH Revised 10/24/2013
113W SatMex6 KH Revised 10/04/2013
77W Dishnetwork Revised 10/04/2013 (Now Locking)
99W Galaxy-16 KH Revised 08/08/2013
99W Galaxy-16 KH Revised 07/25/2013
72W AMC-6 KV, KH Revised 07/05/2013
83W AMC-9 KV HNS Revised 07/02/2013
Preconfigure List Vevised 07/02/2013
121W Echostar9 KH Revised 06/18/2013
116.8W SM8 (f/k/a SM5) KH Revised 06/12/2013
111.1W Anik F2 (Shaw) Revised 05/07/2013
85W AMC16 KV Revised 05/07/2013
125W AMC21 KH Revised 03/06/2013
91W Bell TV Nimiq-1 BL Revised 02/20/2013
Preconfigure list Revised 02/19/2013
DishNetWork Preconfig Revised 02/19/2013
123W Galaxy 18 KV & KH Revised 01/25/2013
61.5W Dishnetwork Revised 01/24/2013
125W AMC21 KH Revised 11/08/2012
125W AMC21 KV Removed 11/08/2012 (no locking carriers)
Issues reported with "Starband" ISP
Some Starband modems are not compatible with downloading "Configure" satellite files to BirDog meters. If you are accessing this website through Starband and are unsuccessful in obtaining either the .zip or .exe satellite loads, please use a different ISP.
Drivers that allow VISTA to load "Configure" files can be found on the 'Drivers' page of this website.
BirDog versions and their compatibility with DTV multiple-reception LNBs:
Evolving advancements in satellite signal reception have placed an increased demand on signal meters due to the current draw of multiple LNB dishes. Older versions of the BirDog meter, in some cases, simply cannot support the current draw required to power multi-LNBs. As always, ensure your meter has received sufficient full charge prior to attempting this.
With version 2.20 (StaUS2.20 software) meters, it’s recommended that the satellite receiver be connected to one of the ports on the multi-LNB assembly in addition to the Birdog meter, to supply the required power for signal reception.
Earlier versions 2.20 (StxUS2.20 software) and 2.01 will require that additional power from the satellite receiver be applied to one of the ports of the multi-LNB in addition to the BirDog meter.
Version 1.0 meters may not be capable of operating the multiple-LNB assemblies at all, even with additional power supplied by a receiver.
**To check for your version type; hold down on the “ON” button, and continue holding the button down; freezing the start-up screen. The version of the meter is displayed on the second line, to the right of the manufacture date. --------------------
Cross-ID of Satellites. --------------------
Note that the BirDog may not be able to positively identify the correct location of satellites Some of the satellites listed on this website do cause the BirDog to indicate “Found” in one or more locations. You may download any of these other satellites but they are to be used with the understanding that misidentification may result. A thorough knowledge of the magnetic heading to the satellite you are attempting to positively identify can help you resolve some of the duplicate satellite locations.
Satellites Not Available on the "Configure" Page
Non-standard satellite identification file configurations for the BirDog are available upon request from the manufacturer. If you have a need for file selections, or configurations, which are not listed on the Birdog website; you may submit your request to the manufacturer, along with a statement pertaining to the need for the selection(s), orbital location and name of the desired satellite signal election, as well as the global location that the meter will be used.
E-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any data that would aid in the formulation of a file selection, such as LNB L.O., frequency, encoding method, polarity, etc.. Usually, you will receive a reply within 48 – 72 hours after receipt of the request, either with notification of the selection’s current availability (which may include a request for additional data required for the selection), and/or a file configuration tailored to meet your needs (which may require testing and feedback from you in order to determine the level of accuracy and functioning). --------------------
Type of data stream (if provided):
‘C’=C-band linear polarization
‘K’=Ku band linear polarization
If the data line indicates that a selected satellite file is for a Ku LNBF, the BirDog must be attached to a Ku LNB on the dish in order to identify the satellite. In other words, selecting a Ku band (linear) bird file from the BirDog menu and then connecting the BirDog to a circular polarized 'B' LNB would be useless.
‘U’=universal. Selections for use with universal LNBs are grouped in a separate listing at the bottom of the Available Satellites list on the "Configure" page.
Note that some satellite selections describe the satellite service provided in a text format. In that case, the data stream type (B, C, or K) may not be indicated on the meter. For example, if you select the DirecTV 101°file, the text "DTV Ka/Ku &3G" will display in the meter window with no reference to "B", "C", or "K". --------------------
DirecTV and DishNetwork Selections on the "Configure Page" ----------------------------------------
Galaxy 3C @95 West is compatible with the DirecTV signals from that orbital slot.
Name titles for Dish Network selections will indicate whether they are developed for the Dish Pro hardware (e.g.: "DishPro 119 West", etc.) Dish Network's earlier-version hardware: "Legacy" (e.g.: "Dish Network 61.5 West", etc.), or the Superdish Lower FSS Ku band signals (e.g.: "Superdish 105/Superdish 121").
Please note that the settings and lists downloadable from this site will work only in BirDog meters sold by Perfect-10 Satellite Distributing, USA. The data is unusable in similar meters purchased elsewhere AND the upload will result in a disabled meter.