The Birdog satellite finder is one of the industrys most popular satellite meters. The Birdog satellite meter is used as an installation, signal peaking and troubleshooting device that can locate satellites in the atmosphere and target their signal to a satellite dish. This particular meter separates itself from many of the competing devices because it allows technicians to positively identify satellites and it can be loaded with custom configurations that are relevant to a particular installer. Birdog satellite finders are most commonly used for DIRECTV, DISH Network, HughesNet, Wildblue, VSAT and Free-To-Air satellite installations Many technicians consider the Birdog Meter a must-have for new installers and seasoned professionals alike. Because of the friendly user-interface and ability to positively identify satellites, Birdog satellite finders are popular among new installers. More experienced installers also prefer Birdog satellite finders because they can be easily customized to increase efficiency, trimming technicians cost per job.
The Birdog meter has a robust feature set, but remains easy to use. Below is a brief how-to on using the Birdog meeter.
* All of the satellite finders functions are controlled via the keypad
* Once the satellite is installed securely and aimed loosely in a suitable direction, connect the Birdog meter to the satellites LNB via a small RG6 coaxial cable
* Press the down arrow button to power on the Birdog meter
* The following screen will indicate the Birdog meter specifications, a battery reading and the satellites loaded into the device
* Using the left and right arrow buttons, scroll through the available satellites until the desired satellite is located
* Slowly begin sweeping the dish horizontally, changing the elevation after each sweep
* Continue to sweep the dish until the Birdog meter indicates it has positively Found the desired satellite
* Once the desired satellite is Found, press the down arrow button to view the signal to noise ratio and use this function to help peak the dish for achieving maximum signal reception
These are the basic steps to perform a satellite dish installation using the Birdog meter. However, this is just the beginning for the Birdog meter. The Birdog meter has a full menu of setup options to customize the device to meet the specific needs of each technician. Some of the new models, such as the Birdog USB Plus and Birdog Ultra, have a sub-menu which includes new features like constellation and log functions. The sub-menu also contains the DiSEqC function and Spectrum display. Technicians may load up to 64 satellites on the Birdog meter, giving it unparalleled flexibility. By visiting the manufacturers website, users can easily build custom satellite lists to be uploaded to the Birdog meter.
All Birdog meters include a protective case, USB interface cord, A/C charger cord,.C. auto charger cord, rechargeable battery pack, 2 F-port savers, owners manual and 1-year warranty. Other accessories are also available like computer interface cables. It is easy to see why the Birdog satellite finder is the industrys leading satellite installation tool.