Astro B.yond: Satellite Signal

Astro has 2 satellites positioned in roughly the same place about 37,ooo KM up in space,  they are Measat 3 & Measat 3a. They are so close to each other that we only need to point one dish in the right direction to get signal from both satellites. The satellites are kind of partitioned into groups called transponders and each transponder might have anything from 5 to 14 channels on it.

Monitoring the Satellite Signal

There is a bit of confusion with some people believing that they can increase the satellite signal strength by changing the “entry point” inside the Satellite Settings menu.

Home>Settings>Installation Settings>PIN “0000”>Satellite Settings>OK>OK

Above is an example of the monitored signal strength I’m receiving on transponder “18 MEASAT 3A(VH)”.That is all it is, it’s just a monitor of the signal from that one transponder (in this case on Measat 3A).

If you go back and change the entry point to 1 MEASAT  3(VL) and you notice a different signal strength all it means is that the signal received from that transponder is different to the other one.

To get the best signal

Let the installer do it.

For those DIY people out there you are not only risking your lives crawling around on roofs and up ladders but you may also be doing more harm then good to the signal.

Therefore make sure that you use the new dish and LNB. Connecting to the old dish and LNB will give you a reduced signal and will not change rain fade issues.

The cable from the LNB to the decoder must not be split. You will potentially lose all signal to a second decoder it you split the cable plus you will reduce the signal going to the first decoder.

Keep the cable run from the LNB to the decoder to the minimum. Long cable runs introduce complications that can lower the signal strength.

Make sure that the line of sight of the dish is uninterrupted by tress and buildings and don’t hang anything on the dish or the LNB.

On a clear day with a correctly set up dish you should get a signal level higher then 220.

Rain Fade

It’s pretty much gone now! Rain fade is what we call it when we lose signal when it rains. The increase in signal received and processed with the new dish and LNB means that you will survive through all but the heaviest rain falls.

BTW Rain fade will never totally be removed but it can be minimized & also it affects all satellite broadcasters not just astro.

We’ve minimized it by using a new dish which is larger at 65cm hence it is receiving more signal and the new design LNB is processing more.

Some tech trivia

Astro LNB’s are “Universal LNB” meaning they can receive signal sent from our satellites either in a horizontal or vertical polarities.

A larger dish would increase signal strength but there are regulations preventing us from using them.

Currently all Astro channels are located on the Vertical poles of Measat 3 and Measat 3a.

Currently all Astro HD channels are beaming from Measat 3a.

You can track Measat 3 & 3a online

Click here for Measat 3

Click here for Measat 3a

They are in a geosynchronous orbit hence their position in the sky doesn’t change much, they kind of wobble around a bit but nothing huge. if you want to see something moving up there try following the ISS Click here for International Space Station

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12 thoughts on “Astro B.yond: Satellite Signal

  1. by the way, i’m using astro b.yond decoder with no HD subscription..noticed that the HDMI output is ‘locked’..or am i missing a setting?

  2. whenever i reboot the STB and set the satellite to 18 MEASAT 3A, the box hangs..for like really long time (more than an hour n nothing happens) and finally i reset it back to 1 MEASAT 3, its ok..problem is on satellite 1 i cant change the definition to ‘high definition’, its preset to ‘standard definition’..was able to set to satellite 18 once and able to get ‘high definition’ but had to turn off the power supply that day and since then was not able to lock to satellite 18 anymore. Astro even came to change the STB but still same problem. Anybody can advice?

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  4. Good info, i’m using satellite finder meter to fine tune my satellite dish and also lnb skew degree. Quality signal is much more important than signal strength.

  5. For my setup, I am just getting 185 and the guy that does the installation said this is good enough. He mentioned it is due to my concealed cable and if I want to improve it, have to lay another cable that is not concealed.
    He tried with a device (not sure what it is called) and it boost the signal to 255, but then no HD channels can work so he removed it.
    What’s your advice on this? What’s the setback of just 185?


    • The set back is a light rain shower could result in no signal. Suggest not using concealed cable and run a new cable direct from LNB To decoder.

      • Thanks! Will test it out a few weeks and get the guy to pull the new cable if it is really bad. The problem with not using concealed cable is it just mess up the whole house. No device that we can fit to help?
        I am already having headache thinking of how to pull the ethernet cable since astro and the modem is on different side of the house when the IPTV thingy is available.

      • There isn’t any device that you can put onto the concealed cable that I know of that can help.
        I feel your pain about messing up the house but the guys do a good job, it shouldn’t look too bad.

  6. Also,
    I’ll double check at work about my “220” comment,

    changing channels and finding one when others are lost means that you’ve found a channel coming from a transponder with a stronger level that is cutting thru the rain.

  7. You mentioned that we should get at least 220 on a clear day if everything is installed correctly. I assume this figure is referenced to measurement from transponder 1 MEASAT 3(VL) and not others?
    For my setup, I am getting only 206 on 1 MEASAT 3(VL) and 225 on 18 MEASAT 3A(VH). I am using the existing concealed cable from dish to decoder. So far, I am still able to watch during light rains. When it gets heavy, signal is lost. To recover the signal, I just push the channel +/- buttons to advance the channel and sometimes, it works.

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