How to manually check if I can see a TV or Radio channel(s)?

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You can at any time manually scan for any TV or radio channels. For instance, you may have found a new channel on a satellite list web site like Lynasat or SatcoDX or in a web forum and you want to try it out in your DM box.

So lets do this for the satellite Asiasat 3s located at 105.5 degrees East, with the following Transponder details

Frequency: 3700
Polarity: Vertical
Symbolic Rate: 27500

you may also see this expressed as : 3700-V-27500

sat set up
  1. Satellite: Simply select the satellite you have already defined in the Satellite configuration section. Once you select this option it will fill in the details below with a default entry. If you are on the C band it will enter the C band details. If you are on the Ku band it will enter the Ku band details. If you are on the S band it will enter the S band details. As shown in the example below it has entered the C Band details for the Asiasat 3s satellite at 105.5 degrees East.
  2. Frequency: Use your remote control unit to enter in the following details with the number keys 3700
  3. Inv: Either enabled or disabled
  4. Polarity: Use the left or right arrows to change from either vertical to horizontal or visa versa
  5. FEC: If you do not know what it is, select auto. With the newer 8/9th and the older 7/8th it does pay to select them to ensure your TP will lock as it should. Use the left and right arrow keys on your remote control to make your selection.

Now if you have entered these details correctly you should see the LOCK and SYNC enabled like this example
sat set up
if there is no lock you will need to check;
  1. Your satellite dish position (is it tuned to the strongest signals?)
  2. Are the details you entered correct?
  3. Does you LNB support the frequency you entered? (i.e. a frequency of say 11025mhz is not supported by a Ku single LNB in most cases)

For Manual PID scans (Yellow button)

An Australian example thanks to news24x7

Press the Yellow Button and this screen will appear

sat set up

This example is for Al Jazerra English on the Optus C1 satellite that has hidden PIDS. It also applies to any satellite transponder that does the same thing in your part of the world;

sat set up

TIP: If you do not have a picture you may have entered the wrong PIDs so repeat the process above, checking your HEX or DEC PID data

To find out the Channel details go to the World Wide Web Interface and open the "Stream Information" as shown in this example below.

sat set up

For Cable users


For Terrestrial users

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