Quick-Start Operation Guide

Quick-Start Operation Guide
QUICK-START OPERATION GUIDE
FOR SEA TEL MODEL
COASTAL 14E SATELLITE TV RECEIVE-ONLY ANTENNA
Sea Tel, Inc.
4030 Nelson Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
Tel: (925) 798-7979
Fax: (925) 798-7986
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.seatel.com
November 6, 2007
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Document. No. 127270
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Sea Tel Marine Stabilized Antenna systems are manufactured in the United
States of America.
Sea Tel is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company. Certificate Number 19.2867 was
issued August 12, 2005. Sea Tel was originally registered on November 09, 1998.
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Table of Contents
1. QUICK START OPERATION GUIDE .................................................................................................. 1-1
1.1.
1.2.
SYSTEM START-UP ........................................................................................................................ 1-1
1.1.1.
Power-up/Initialization Phase ........................................................................................... 1-1
1.1.2.
Search phase.................................................................................................................... 1-1
1.1.3.
Tracking phase ................................................................................................................. 1-1
LINEAR POLARIZATION ADJUSTMENT .............................................................................................. 1-2
1.2.1.
Optimizing the polarization while on the desired satellite ............................................... 1-2
1.2.2.
Setting polarization for a different satellite (changing satellites) ..................................... 1-2
1.2.3.
Setting polarization when you have changed geographic areas ...................................... 1-3
1.2.4.
Switching Satellites.......................................................................................................... 1-3
1.3.
LOSS OF SATELLITE DUE TO BLOCKAGE OR RAIN-FADE ....................................................................... 1-3
1.4.
LOW NOISE BLOCK CONVERTER OPERATION ................................................................................... 1-4
1.5.
RADOME ASSEMBLY OPERATION.................................................................................................... 1-4
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Coastal 14E Ku-Band TVRO
1.
Quick Start Operation Guide
Quick Start Operation Guide
Detailed information on operating your Coastal Series antenna from the control panel is contained below.
1.1.
System Start-Up
Normal operation begins
by pressing the POWER
key and waiting for the
antenna to automatically
acquire and track the
desired satellite signal.
After the system has been
properly installed and set
up, this initialization should
take approximately 30
seconds. The following
displays may be seen
during the start-up of the
system.
Figure 1-1 Display Antenna Control Panel
1.1.1. Power-up/Initialization Phase
C14E ACP VER 3.00 The Model number that has been saved in the PCU will be
INITIALIZING Τ
displayed on the top line. “INITIALIZING” followed by a “o” until
the GPS has a valid position. When the GPS has a valid position
“INITIALIZING *” is displayed.
1.1.2. Search phase
Next the antenna will automatically search for the last satellite that was used (SATA-SATC). It
may display some messages as it searches, but will automatically find the satellite if the antenna
is not blocked.
1.1.3. Tracking phase
Once the satellite has been found, tracking will begin to keep the signal from the satellite peaked
up.
SatA HTBD13 1876
NID FBFF EL 45
First line of the TRACKING display will be the information for the satellite which is currently being
tracked. In the display example above, the system is tracking the SatA satellite selection, named
HTBD13 (Hotbird at 13E) with a signal strength of 1876 counts of AGC.
Second line of the TRACKING display is the NID currently being received (FBFF) and the current
Elevation angle of the antenna (45 degrees).
This display indicates that the system has now entered into OPERATION mode. TRACKING LED
is ON.
1-1
Quick Start Operation Guide
1.2.
Coastal 14E Ku-Band TVRO
Linear Polarization Adjustment
As the polarization is mis-adjusted, the signal level will degrade. If it is mis-adjusted far enough, the
signal will be completely lost.
Polarization is adjusted for a desired satellite when the system is initially installed. Subsequently it needs
only to be adjusted when changing from one satellite to another, or when the boat has traveled a
significant geographic distance. It should NOT need to be re-adjusted if the boat stays in the same
location and is operating on the same satellite.
Polarization of your Coastal 14E Series antenna must be accomplished manually. Each time you need to
adjust the polarization you will have to take the radome top off, loosen the LNB mounting set screws and
rotate the LNB. When you have optimized the polarity, tighten the set screws and put the radome top
back on.
Note: The polarization control from the Antenna Control Panel is NOT possible.
The antenna reports that it is tracking a good signal by displaying a steady (ON) TRACKING LED. If you
determine that the satellite signal is not the desired satellite, press the NEXT key to search for the NEXT
satellite signal. Continue repeating this procedure until the correct satellite is found. Once the correct
satellite has been found, allow the antenna to track for 4-6 minutes to update the satellite position
information.
1.2.1. Optimizing the polarization while on the desired satellite
This adjustment should be done while the boat is at the pier and antenna is tracking the desired
satellite. When the boat is
traveling to a different geographic
area the polarization may need to
be re-optimized if performance
appears to be degrading.
Select the “Signal Strength”
display of the satellite receiver
(refer to the satellite receiver
manual). While monitoring the
receivers’ signal strength, adjust
polarization up or down in one (or
two) degree increments, then
observe the receivers’ signal
strength for 10-15 seconds to
evaluate the change. If an
Figure 1-2 LNB rotation during polarization
improvement is noted, continue
adjustment
small adjustments in the same
direction until the highest signal strength is obtained. If the adjustment causes a decrease,
adjust polarization in the opposite direction to increase the signal strength. When the polarization
of the antenna is optimum, tighten the set screws and re-install the radome top.
1.2.2. Setting polarization for a different satellite (changing satellites)
When changing from one satellite to another you may need to adjust the polarization of the LNB
to be able to acquire the satellite you want to switch to. This will only be required if the
difference in polarization angle of the two satellites is greater than ten degrees.
1. Assure that you have optimized the polarization for the satellite you are presently on.
2. Compare the longitude of the satellite you are presently on to the longitude of the
satellite you will be switching to. Note the amount & direction of the difference in
longitude position of the two satellites. Adjust the polarization 10 degrees for each 10
degrees of longitude difference between the two satellites.
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Coastal 14E Ku-Band TVRO
Quick Start Operation Guide
If the satellite you are switching to is further East from the present satellite you will need to
adjust polarization DOWN the appropriate number of degrees. If the satellite you are
switching to is West from the present satellite you will need to adjust polarization UP the
appropriate number of degrees. Examples:
Presently optimized on Astra 1 at 19.2E and want to switch to Hotbird at 13.0E.
Difference is less than 10 degrees, so no adjustment is necessary before searching for
the next satellite (step 4).
Presently optimized on Astra 1 at 19.2E and want to switch to Astra 2 at 28.2E.
Difference is about 10 degrees East. You need to rotate the LNB (POL DOWN) 10
degrees and then search for the next satellite (steps 3 & 4).
Presently optimized on Astra 1 at 19.2E and want to switch to Thor 1 at 0.8W.
Difference is about 20 degrees West. You need to rotate the LNB (POL UP) 20 degrees
and then search for the next satellite (steps 3 & 4).
3. Adjust polarization UP/DOWN the amount determined in step 2.
4. Press NEXT to search for the next satellite. If the next satellite found is not the desired
satellite, press NEXT to continue searching. Repeat searching until the desired satellite
is found. Allow the antenna to track the satellite for about two minutes.
5. Optimize polarization while on the new satellite using the procedure above.
If you will be changing satellites periodically to view different programming, note the polarization
for each of the satellites you will be using. Setting the polarization before searching for the next
satellite will help shorten the search process.
1.2.3. Setting polarization when you have changed geographic areas
If the boat is traveling a great distance it is recommended that you optimize the polarization using
the above procedure after each 10 degree latitude or longitude change. If you have changed
latitude and longitude by a significant geographic distance, while the antenna has been tracking a
different satellite, it may be necessary to adjust the polarization to find the desired satellite.
If you are able to find (and identify) a satellite, optimize the polarization and follow the procedure
above to change from the satellite you are presently on to the one you desire to be using. If you
are not able to find any satellites, adjust polarization up or down 10 degrees and press NEXT to
search for a (next) satellite signal. Continue adjusting polarization and searching, until a satellite
signal is found and you can then change from the satellite you are presently on to the one you
desire to be using.
If after all polarization settings have been tried and no satellite signal can be found, refer to the
Troubleshooting section of this manual.
1.2.4. Switching Satellites
When you change channels on your DirecTV Satellite Receiver, It may be necessary to command
the antenna to switch satellites (by pressing the NEXT button on the antenna control panel). You
must contact your service provider to determine when the signal is standard or HD video and
which satellite to point the antenna to. You will notice a short loss of signal when switching the
antenna to the other satellite, a short disruption is normal. If the signal does not come on in 30
seconds, you should check the antenna control panel. The most common reason for the antenna
not being able to find the other satellite is blockage.
1.3.
Loss of satellite due to blockage or rain-fade
If tracking is lost due to blockage or rain fade, the antenna will search until a signal is found which is high
enough for the antenna to begin tracking. When the receiver interface is operating properly, the antenna
will automatically continue searching until it has acquired the desired satellite.
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Quick Start Operation Guide
1.4.
Coastal 14E Ku-Band TVRO
Low Noise Block Converter Operation
There are no operating instructions or controls applicable to the LNB. This unit is energized whenever
the antenna and satellite receiver are energized.
Satellite signals used with this antenna are Linear polarized.
1.5.
Radome Assembly Operation
When operating the system it is necessary that the radome top be properly installed at all times. This
prevents rain, salt water and wind from entering the radome. Water and excessive condensation
promote rust & corrosion of the antenna pedestal and wind gusts would disturb the antenna pointing.
There are no other operating instructions applicable to the radome assembly by itself.
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