—Last year WLNS-TV
purchased four new Dawnco five-meter
satellite antennas and DawnNco’s BestBuddy
Turbo S2 satellite meter to help us set
up these systems.
The satellite meter we’d been using
was rather antiquated and not that reliable,
so I wanted something more modern
and easy to use. Thanks to the new meter
we were able to install and align our
dishes in an amazingly short amount of
time. The Turbo S2 identifies satellites by
name and also gives you C/N and signal
level data, making antenna peaking nearly
KEEPING TRACK OF THE BIRDS
One of the biggest differences between
the S2 and the older satellite meter
was in updating satellite information.
With satellites seeming to appear and
disappear at rather frequent intervals, being
able to load new orbital information is
really a key requirement for any satellite
meter. The Dawnco S2 makes this easy. Its
spectrum analyzer function is also easy to
read, another bonus feature when you’re
aligning a dish.
In addition to carrying a full slate of
satellite-delivered network programming,
we also record a large volume of syndicated
programming for the stations. And just as
with most television stations, in addition
to this regular programming we also have
some peak traffic periods that keep us busy.
A case in point was this year’s “March
Madness.” Our sports department is really
voracious when it comes to special
feeds, pulling in content from just about
any bird they can book time on. Manually
hunting for some of these lesser used satellites
used to take too much time; however,
now with the Turbo S2 we can quickly
identify just about any satellite and keep
the sports director smiling.
|Dawnco’s Turbo S2 satellite meter
Obviously, we place a lot of dependence
on our satellite antennas and receivers,
and if a downlink system should
fail it’s imperative to get it back on line
quickly. Having the proper diagnostic
tools to do so greatly enhances our ability
to make sure that all of our satellite-delivered
programming is available and
Dawnco’s Turbo S2 has proven to be a really
big help in that regard.
METER PROVES THAT IT CAN STAND
UP TO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
The Turbo S2 arrived in a very well-constructed
carrying case and has proven
to be very rugged, in one case surviving
a 20-foot fall to the ground. (I wouldn’t
want to have had such an accident with
our old meter.)
The Turbo S2 is protected by rubber
armor on all sides, so this explains a lot
about its robustness.
It’s also completely portable, operating
on rechargeable batteries (which provide
quite a long run time), and can supply
power to the antenna’s LNB too. You can
take it right to the dish to immediately
troubleshoot a cable problem, allowing
you to rule this out before looking at other
areas in which the problem may lie.
Dawnco has been our source for satellite
gear for a long time. They’ve always
provided excellent information and planning
assistance when we’ve needed it and
the Turbo S2 is just one of the many quality
products we’ve purchased from them.
Cory Cumming is chief engineer at
WLNS-TV/WLAJ-DT and has been in
broadcasting since 1989. He may be contacted
at [email protected].
For additional information, contact
Dawnco at 248-391-9200 or visit www.dawnco.com.