Maybe just a how to to find channels. Like if I were looking for the transponder to check my locals (I am in Baltimore, WBAL, for example). I think I can take a guess but I am not good with the terminology. So, where do I start, with the end result being I can check the signal strength for that transponder on my receiver.
Okay, Let’s do a step by step to find your local channels
1. You are in the Baltimore DMA, so first we go to the ‘LIL MARKET LIST’ tab at the bottom of the Excel screen. Here we find the line for Baltimore (row 19) telling us you are on Network #525, Market #14 and DMA #26. If you are interested, we can talk about each of these columns later.
2. Going to the ‘LIL TPN MAP’ tab at the bottom of the Excel, let’s scroll down and find your Network #525; that’s on rows #131 through #144. I’ll take your WBAL, Channel 11 as an example.
a. On row #133, WBAL HD is on TPN 20 (column D) of ‘D10 or D12 @103W’ (column E) and this will show on your receiver Signal Strength Display (column F) as “103S” (it means from the 103WL slot, and ‘S’ for Spot beam).
b. On row #134, BA11 or WBAL SD is on TPN 26 (column D) of ‘D4S or D9S @101W’ (column E) and this will show on your receiver Signal Strength Display (column F) as “101”.
3. Now we have to go to the “NetworkDecoder” PDF, which is separate from the Excel file.
a. Let’s go to page two of that document and go down column 4 (Beam/Rcvr Display) to 103S. The blue boxes are for TPNs 15 through 24. And the blue color correlates with “D10 and D12 Spot Beams”. WBAL HD is on TPN 20, and 20 is the 4’th box in row three of the 103S display. Most (but not all) of your HD Locals are on this TPN. If you are aligning your antenna, this is a good display to concentrate on.
b. On page two of the NetworkDecoder again, let’s go down column 4 (Beam/Rcvr Display) to 101. The red boxes are for “D4S and D9S Spot Beams” and show as TPN’s 4, 8, 18, 20, 26 and 28. WBAL SD is on TPN 26, and 26 is the 2’nd box in row 4 of the 101 display. Most of your SD locals are on this TPN.
Now you are ready to try a CONUS channel on your own. These are easy because you take the TPN, SAT and RCVR_DISPLAY from the CONUS TPN MAP Excel and just go directly to the NetworkDecoder.
A Good question:
Why are “D10 or D12” or “D4S or D9S” lumped together?
Because we can’t tell in those two cases, which of the two physical satellites is providing the spot beam signal.