Directv 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)
UPDATE: Oct 21, 2015 TPN Map 'LIL' tab adds Beam Name reference for each channel
UPDATE: Apr 10, 2016 Update all D11 'Derived' Beam Footprints
UPDATE: Apr 11, 2016 Update all D12 Beam Footprints
UPDATE: Apr 12, 2016 Update all D14 Beam Footprints
Index to the Beam Footprint Library Files
KU45 @45W Beams (Directv KU-45W / SKYB-1 SKY Brazil)
KU76 @76W Beams (Directv KU-76W / SKYM-2 SKY Mexico)
KU79 @79W Beams (Directv KU-79W / RB-79W / SKYM-1 SKY Mexico)
RB-79W @79W Beams
DLA-1 @95W Beams (Directv DLA-1 / IS-30 Latin America)
DLA-2 @95W Beams (Directv DLA-2 / IS-31 Latin America)
D11 @99W Beams
D11 @99W Beams (Derived Footprints)
D14 @99W Beams
RB-1 @99W Beams (D14)
SW2 @99W Beams (no longer in service)
D4S @101W Beams
D5 @110W Beams
D8 @101W Beams
D9S @101W Beams
D10 @103W Beams
D12 @103W Beams
D15 @103W Beams (Updated FCC Filing 8/25/14)
SW1 @103W Beams
RB-2 @103W Beams (D15)
RB-2A @103W Beams (D12)
D1R @109W Beams (no longer in service)
D7S @119W Beams
This library replaces the original Beam Footprints begun in August, 2009. Those 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 interactive ability to modify the data display. Thanks to Doug Brott for his support in providing a repository for all this data.
Viewing this data requires the Google Earth application. The free application is available at
The Satellite Beam Footprint Library is the creation of dbstalk user spear61. His initiative and creativity 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.
comments from spear61 August, 2009
The FCC started publishing a web database 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.
Quantity of beam footprints
- The Spaceway satellites can essentially generate an infinite number of spots. Directv received an exemption allowing them to provide a couple of "examples" in digital form 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 received an exemption to only show some examples in those cases.
- Beginning in 2009, a new database was implemented, allowing submission of more data. D12 used that format; that is the reason we have a range of data for D12. For D14 and later satellites, it appears the data for all beams is available.