Sathero Meters

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the transponder information? (the parameters)

You can get a worldwide satellite list for FREE. This list is updated at least once each month. Find it here

There are other sources, one of the most popular is Sign up to receive our satellite/transponder list. Our list is normally updated once per month. This list includes satellites and transponders from around the world. Lists are about 100 pages or more.

Can your meter be used in the USA? or Europe?

Yes, the meter can be used around the world. We supply a universal power supply/charger that can work anywhere you need it.

What is LO and how do I find it?

LO stands for Local Oscillator. It is the oscillator used by your LNB or LNBF. It MUST match in your meter, so enter the same LO information from your LNB into your meter in the 'LO' field. Most LNBs have the LO printed on the label.

Common LO's are:

  • Ku Universal LNBF: 09750 & 10600
  • Ku US LNBF: 10750
  • DSS LNBF: 11250
  • C band LNBF: 5150

LNBFs with 2 LOs use 22 KHz for switch between them.

Does the meter identify each satellite you are on?

No, it does not. This is not a good method. Our meter finds only the satellite you are looking for. This saves the installer time by avoiding going from satellite to satellite until you find the satellite you are looking for. With our meter, you simply select the satellite you want and the meter shows only that satellite. Our exclusive "fast sweep" technology allows you to quickly find the satellite.

The primary purpose of our meters is to find the satellite very quickly, give you the best possible signal indicators for peaking the dish, and let you finish the install or realign faster than with any other meter.

Satellites are found by identifying a unique transponder.

Dish 500+ tips and tricks

Dish 500+

Read Quick Facts, Dish 500+ for more information

Taken from "Quick_Facts_-_DISH_500+_and_DISH_1000+.pdf"

Dish 1000+ tips and tricks

Dish 1000+

Read Quick Facts, Dish 1000+ for more information

Taken from "Quick_Facts_-_DISH_500+_and_DISH_1000+.pdf"

Dish 1000.2 tips and tricks

Dish 1000.2

Read Quick Facts, Dish 1000.2 for more information.

Taken from "Quick Facts, Dish 1000.2"

Dish 1000.2 Dish Pro Plus tips and tricks

Dish 1000.2 Dish Pro Plus

Read the Installation Guide

Taken from "DISH_1000.2_Installation_Guide_(_151255).pdf"

Dish 1000.4 tips and tricks

Dish 1000.4

Connect your peaking meter to PORT 2 on the LNBF, to peak on 72.7°W. After maximizing the signal received from 72.7°W confirm signal on 61.5°W.

Connect a receiver to PORT 1 of the LNBF to power the LNBF while peaking.

Cables must be routed on the outside of the mast, as the azimuth plate completely covers the mast opening.

Taken from "Quick Facts, Dish 1000.4"

How do I align DirecTv dishes using SL3-S and SL5-S LNBFs?

SL3-S and SL5-S SWM Slimline LNBFs require the use of a ASL-1 to properly deliver the signal to your meter.

How do I power multi-head LNBFs?

Using a high frequency splitter, you can easily power high current LNBFs.

My receiver reads different signal level than my meter?

Sathero Meter readings are very accurate. You will see the meter gives readings measured in dBuV, dBmV, or dBm. Your receiver gives readings that vary from 0% to 100% of the meter. These readings are used only to find the highest signal and have very little to do with actual measurements. So while your receiver may show that you have 80% signal and meter shows you have 60 dBuV, keep in mind, there is nothing to compare. The Sathero meter will always give you accurate useful readings using units of measure. Your satellite receiver will give you a relative reading using only percentage.

Does the battery require special care?

Yes, proper maintenance of your battery is critical.

Your meter uses a Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion) battery. Li-Ion batteries are light and the most powerful battery available. They have no 'memory' and with proper care can last a long time. Li-Ion batteries require chargers with circuitry to protect the battery from over charging or dis-charging.

Use the charger that came with your meter. The chargers have a micro-processor that matches the battery. Use of any other charger voids your warranty and may damage your battery and/or your meter.

Before you use your new meter, charge the battery until it is full. For best results, batteries should be charged at room temperature for no more than 8 hours.

DO NOT charge the battery for over 12 hours.
DO NOT over charge your battery. Over charging can damage your battery.
DO NOT leave your meter in a vehicle where the temperatures reach extreme highs or lows.
DO NOT short the battery leads.
DO NOT disassemble or deform the battery in any way.
Avoid excessive physical shock or vibration.

If you are not using your meter on a regular basis, remember to charge your battery at least 1 time per month.

If you store your meter, store it in a cool dry place with a 30% to 60% charge. It is a good idea to unplug the battery from the meter.

Never let your battery go completely dead as it may damage the circuitry in the battery and keep the battery from charging.

If you plan to air ship your meter with the battery, the battery should be charged 30% to no more than 60%. You should not air ship a fully charged battery. You are required to notify the carrier that you are shipping a Lithium Ion battery or a device containing a Lithium Ion battery.