After you have gotten all your equipment together, you will need the following information to configure your receiver for the GEONETCast Americas satellite feed.
PID: 4201 **
Frequency: 3840 MHz
Symbol Rate: 27.69 Msym
To accurately point your antenna, first determine the latitude and longitude for the antenna site. This is one of many pages that will help you find that information: www.satsig.net/maps/lat-long-finder.htm.
The satellite IS-9 (PAS-9) is at 58 degress West. This can be confirmed at www.lyngsat.com/intel9.html. Use this satellite finder to obtain pointing information for your antenna. Get azimuth and elevation at www.satsig.net/ssazelm.htm.
** Some receiver cards require the PID to be inputted manually through software provided by the manufacturer. If you are having trouble receiving, consider contacting the manufacturer for further instructions on proper configuration of your card.
GEONETCast America's C-Band transmission may be affected by local interference from airport radar, television transmitters or other unregulated RF noise sources. In this case installation of a RF band-pass filter between the feed horn and the LNB has proven to reduce or even to eliminate the interference, depending on its signal strength. C-Band radar elimination filters, such as Series 7893D/7894D from Microwave Filter Company, Inc. microwavefilter.com/tvrointerference.htm, have been demonstrated effective at the NOAA installation.
NOAA, representing GEONETCast Americas, recommends setting up the GEONETCast PC only as a Reception Station with an optional FTP/File Server functionality, and not to install and run other application software on the Receiver PC. Peaks in disk or bus usage can interrupt the DVB data reception and thus cause non-recoverable data losses.
We also determined that installed security software can have an adverse affect on the operation of the receiver PC. Some of these programs perform periodic and random disc scans which can monopolize disk and CPU resources.