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all this is done with a USB
memory stick. You can also
download the measurement
results or screenshots from
the meter to the USB stick.
In this way, you can process
the data later on your PC.
with a USB stick containing
the initial configuration files
that match those prepro-
grammed in the meter. More
about it later. As expected, a
plug type AC/DC adapter is
also included in the SAT HD
So, how should you start
using the SPAROS SAT HD?
Here is our advice for a sim-
ple fixed antenna setup.
Once you have mounted your
dish on a pole and attached
a LNB to its holder, connect
the analyzer to the LNB. Af-
ter switching the SPAROS
SAT HD on, go to Configura-
tion menu and change “Sat.
remote supply” from Off to
On or Auto. The latter set-
ting is advised if you do not
want to repeat the action
every time you switch your
analyzer on. The remaining
settings in the Configura-
tion menu will be probably
OK for most users setting a
fixed dish in Europe as they
are prepared for a universal
Ku-Band LNB.
The next step is to switch
the analyzer to spectrum
mode (the leftmost button in
the bottom row) and change
the azimuth and elevation of
your dish until you see signal
peaks on the display. Fine
tune your dish to maximize
the peaks. Your antenna is
now receiving a satellite but
which one? To find it out,
press the Spectrum button
again. Spectrum disappears
and you can see a chart
showing signal strength and
quality of four transpond-
ers of one satellite. Satellite
name is shown in the upper
part of the window. If your
dish is aimed at this satellite,
you will see high green qual-
ity bars and a merry green
smiley icon. If not, the bars
indicating signal quality will
be low or completely empty
and the smiley icon will be
sad and red. In such situa-
tion, press enter button and
use the “knob” to change
satellite. Continue until you
find out which satellite your
dish is presently directed to.
Once you know where
your dish is “looking at”, you
know if you need to move it
eastward or westward. For
example, if you want to re-
ceive EUROBIRD 2 on 28.2°
East and you have just dis-
covered with SPAROS SAT
HD that your dish is currently
1. Spectrum view
2. DVB-S transponder measurement results – first window
3. DVB-S transponder measurement results – second window
4. DVB-S transponder constellation diagram (QPSK)
5. DVB-S2 transponder measurement results – first window
6. DVB-S2 transponder measurement results – second window
7. DVB-S2 transponder constellation diagram (8PSK)
8. MPEG-2 video decoded
9. Every FTA channel from the current transponder can be selected
for viewing
10. No, your antenna is not presently aimed at INTELSAT 10-02 on
1° West; SPAROS SAT HD could not lock to anyone of four trans-
ponders from this satellite.
11. Correct! Your antenna is directed to HOTBIRD on 13° East.
SPAROS managed to lock to all four transponders associated with
this satellite. After another button press, the analyzer double chec-
ked its diagnosis by comparing information transmitted in the NIT
tables of the transponders (see the pop-up in the foreground).
12. In this menu, you can configure SPAROS to work with almost
any reception system.
13. This window is used for setting up meter user interface and
managing meter memories and software.
14. All transponders associated with a preprogrammed reception
setup (e.g. DiSEqC 1.0 switch and four LNBs) are being measured.
The results can be stored in the internal memory and later copied
to an external USB Flash memory.
the “knob” are: Enter and
Escape. Except for the dis-
play and the controls, there
are two LED indicators: one
showing that power is ap-
plied to the LNB and the
other to indicate that the in-
ternal accumulator is being
Except for the RF input with
an F type connector, there
are: A-type USB port, Mini-B
USB port and DC power in-
put jack on the right side of
the meter. The USB port can
be used to upload either new
firmware or new configura-
tion files (with transponder
data and antenna setups)
prepared on a PC. Of course,