DIRECTV New Beam Footprint Library
UPDATE: May 23, 2012 Add D14 Beam Footprints
UPDATE: Jul 12, 2012 Add D4S and D7S Beam Footprints
UPDATE: Nov 16, 2012 Add KU76 @76W Beam Footprints (Directv SKY-Mexico)
UPDATE: Feb 7, 2013 Add KU45 @45W Beam Footprints (Directv SKY-Brazil)
UPDATE: Nov 23, 2013 Change D5 Beam Footprints from CONUS to Puerto Rico
UPDATE: May 2, 2014 Update DLA-1 @95W Beam Footprints (Directv Panamericana, IS30)
UPDATE: May 9, 2014 Add DLA-2 @95W Beam Footprints (Directv Panamericana, IS31)
UPDATE: Jun 5, 2014 Add D15 @103W Beam Footprints
UPDATE: Aug 27, 2014 Add D15 @103W Beam Footprints - per updated 8/25/14 filing
UPDATE: Apr 17, 2015 Add KU-76 @76W Two additional Beam Footprints (Directv SKY-Mexico)
UPDATE: Apr 20, 2015 Add KU-79 @76W Beam Footprint (Directv SKY-Mexico)
Index to the Beam Footprint Library Posts in this Thread
RB1 @ 99W Post #3
RB2 @103W Post #2
RB2-A @103W Post #8
D1R @109W Post #45
D4S @101W Post #14
D5 @110W Post #5
D7S @119W Post #16
D8 @101W Post #6
D9S @101W Post #7
D10 @103W Post #4
D11 @ 99W Post #11
D12 @103W Post #12
D14 @ 99W Post #13
D15 @103W Post #128
D15 @103W Post #134 (update filing 8/25/14)
DLA-1 @ 95W Post #19 (Directv DLA-1 / IS-30)
DLA-2 @95W Post #94 (Directv DLA-2 / (IS-31)
SW1 @103W Post #9
SW2 @ 99W Post #10
KU45 @ 45W Post #22 (Directv SKY-Brazil)
KU76 @ 76W Post #20 (Directv KU-76W / SKYM-2)
KU79 @79W Post #152 (Directv KU-79W / SKYM-1)
This thread replaces the original Beam Footprints provided in August, 2009. The original Beam Footprints were provided as static JPG files. This new generation of Beam Footprints is presented as GoogleEarth media, allowing the viewer an unlimited ability to modify the data display. Thanks to Doug Brott for his help in providing a repository for the data.
Viewing this data requires the Google Earth application. The free application is available at
The Satellite Beam Footprint Library provided is the creation of dbstalk user spear61. His initiative and creativity have culminated with these Beam Footprint Maps.
The beam contour maps reflect the satellite operating at full power. Reception in this case is probably good out to the isobars in the low 50’s dBw. See Post #27 in this thread for more detail.
some comments from spear61 August, 2009
The FCC started publishing a web data base in late 2003. Any original license application filed before that date only has a "marker" in the file system and does not have any online data of any kind. If one of the "old" satellites is moved to a new location after mid 2003, the modification to the original license will include the new footprint data.
The Directv satellites that have zero beam data fall into the pre 2003 group of original licenses.
Quantity of beam footprints
- The Spaceway satellites are unique and can essentially generate an infinite number of spots. DIRECTV applied and received an exemption allowing them to provide a couple of "examples" in digital form and sketches in their license that show how they can blanket the country with spots.
- Some of the other newer satellites generated so many beams that it overwhelmed the FCC filing system. Again, DIRECTV applied for and received an exemption to only show some examples in those cases.
- Beginning in 2009, a new database was implemented, allowing submission of more data. DIRECTV12 used that format; that is the reason we have a great deal of data for DIRECTV12. In the case of DIRECTV14, it appears the data for all proposed beams is available.