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TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Leading Digital TV Industry Publication

— 05-06/2015

mendously with aligning an an-

tenna using transponders with

varying signal strength. And

that’s not even the best part:

This simultaneous presenta-

tion of different transponders’

parameters is not restricted to

one satellite at a time, but can

be used with two satellites –

which is to say the SATFINDER

5 HD Slim can present up to

eight transponders from two

satellites simultaneously! This

can truly take the horror out of

aligning a multi-focus antenna,

which is an awesome achieve-

ment. Please note, however,

that the meter takes some five

seconds until the reception

parameters of all eight tran-

sponders are refreshed, so you

should make a point of moving

the antenna slowly and only

one step at a time. We also

noticed that some pre-stored

transponder data were out-

of-date so we strongly recom-

mend you first check and – if

necessary – update all data

before performing a multi-

transponder measurement.

Another feature you may

want to look at is Auto DiSEqC.

Using it the SATFINDER 5 HD

Slim will detect all satellite po-

sitions whose signals are led to

the individual ports, no matter

which DiSEqC protocol is used.

If you have to deal with large-

scale distribution setups and

complex DiSEqC configura-

tions on a regular basis, Auto

DiSEqC will significantly re-

duce your workload.

After we had looked at all

features and functions of the

SATFINDER 5 HD Slim in the-

ory and from the comfort of

our test center, it was time to

wander outside to our antenna

farm. There we have a number

of offset antennas, some of

them motor-controlled. Using

the new SATFINDER meter we

wanted to find out how it per-

forms in a real-world job. The

first thing we noticed was that

the display remained perfectly

readable even after rays of sun

had found their way through

the cloud cover. If truth were

told, the contrast of the display

is best when out of the sun,

but we were definitely able to

clearly read all content even

in direct sunlight. As could be

expected, antenna alignment

was an absolutely hassle-free

affair, with the spectrum dis-

play reacting very swiftly to all

signal changes. This meant we

were able to speed up antenna

movement along the Clark Belt

without risking missing a sat-

ellite position. And while we’re

at it: We did pause at regular

intervals so that the SATFIND-

ER 5 HD Slim could take a mo-

ment to analyse the odd sig-

nal peak in the spectrum. As a

matter of fact, the meter cor-

rectly identified five of the six

23. System settings

24. Three dedicated menu

items of the SATFINDER 5 HD

Slim provide details on internal

memory use, battery state and

voltage supply

25. Information on the internal


26. Information on the battery

27. Information on the power


28. DVB-S SDTV reception

29. DVB-S2 HDTV reception

30. The USB port can be used

to present pictures on the

meter’s display, to update and

save the pre-programmed

databases, and to perform an

update of the operating system