FS1 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register my meter?

Yes, you should register your new meter within 10 days of purchase.

Can my K series meter be upgraded to L series?

Yes, we can upgrade your meter. Upgrading consists of installing a new improved L series LCD, modifying your meter to be L series and loading the L series software. Contact us for the details.

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.

Is the meter pre-programmed?

Yes, the meter has a global database which is pre-installed in the meter. Global database allows for up to 300 satellites. Meter also allows for 100 user entered satellites.

Please note that the meter will show ONLY the satellites that are viewable from your location determined by the LONG and LAT that you have entered into the meter. If you are not seeing your satellites, check the LONG and LAT settings.

What satellites are in the meter?

We have packed 227 satellites in the Global Database. Every satellite from 177W to 180E is in this list. That is just about every satellite from around the world.

Please note that the meter will show ONLY the satellites that are viewable from your location determined by the LONG and LAT that you have entered into the meter. If you are not seeing your satellites, check the LONG and LAT settings.

Download the list to your computer.

Can I quickly move to other satellites?

Yes, the meter has a 'jump' feature that allows you to hold down any number (except '0') for 3 seconds and the meter will jump. If you hold down the 1 key, the meter jumps to 10. If you hold down the 5 key, the meter jumps to 50. This makes it possible for you to quickly find the number you are looking for.

Can I enter satellites and/or transponders into the meter?

Yes, you can enter satellites or transponders "ON THE FLY". If you find out you need a different satellite or a different transponder, simply use the keypad to enter the information into the meter. If you want to keep it for later use, simply press the "SAVE" button.

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.

The screen looks scratched

The meter screen has a protective film on it to protect it during manufacturing and packing. Once you remove the film the screen will be very clear.

Can the meter be reset to factory default?

Yes, simply type in "9876" immediately after the meter is powered on and booted up. In 5 seconds or less the meter will turn off and on restart and will be reset to factory default.
PLEASE NOTE: All saved and modified information will be lost.

Does your meter require a authorization code after being reset?

NO, your meter will restart and work as normal. You do not need to enter any secret codes to make it work.

Why does the meter have 2 F connectors when other meters only have 1?

Our meter has a unique feature that allows the satellite receiver to power the meter in case the battery is low. Have you ever been on a install job and your meter needs charging? Well, we've covered that for you. Simply loop through the satellite receiver and the satellite receiver will power the meter allowing you to finish your install.

How do I find the Longitude and Latitude of my location?

You can find Longitude and Latitude down the border of most road maps. There are lots of websites that can give you the information. There are also several software programs that will calculate it for you. The best way is to simply go to our Satellite Locater page or on Maps of World. Put in your location and the satellite you are looking for. ALL the needed information will show up at the bottom of the map. Depending on your connection speed it might take a few seconds to load.

My meter doesn't show any West satellites, what can I do?

Enter your Longitude and Latitude. The meter will show the satellites viewable from your location. The best way to find your Longitude and Latitude is to go to our Satellite Locater page.

Ok, I've found my Longitude and Latitude. How do I enter them?

First using the "Option/Local" key, move the cursor to the channel number zone. Make sure the measurement zone is blank. If it is not, press any number key to quit the measurement mode. Then hold the "0" key for 3 seconds and the cursor will move to the longitude and latitude setting zone. Use the "Option/Local" key to move between "LONG" and "LAT" and the number key to enter the correct numbers. Use the arrow keys to move between the numbers. Change the "E" or "W" on "LONG" by pressing the "0" key. Change the "N" or "S" on the "LAT" by pressing the "0" key.

NOTE: Round your longitude and latitude numbers to the closest digit.

How can I know if I'm E or W, N or S?

Latitude gives the location of a place North or South of the equator.
The equator divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere, a Southern Hemisphere and has alatitude of 0°.

Longitude is given as an angular measurement ranging from 0° at the Prime Meridian to +180° eastward and -180° westward. Used to denote the location of a place east or west of the Prime Meridian.

The Prime Meridian is the meridian (line of longitude) at which the longitude is defined to be 0°.

The Prime Meridian and its opposite the 180th meridian (at 180° longitude), which the International Date Line generally follows, form a great circle that divides the Earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

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.

How do I know when to turn the 22KHz on?

22KHz is used to switch between LO's on 2 LO (universal) LNBFs. Take a look at any spec sheet and it should tell you the LO frequencies and the output frequency. For example see the spec sheet on the famous Spitfire Elite LNBF. You will see the low band LO is 9.75 GHz and it covers 10.7 to 11.7 GHz. The high band LO is 10.6 GHz and it covers 11.7 to 12.75 GHz. So, the transponder frequency you are looking for determines which LO you should use.

When the 22KHz is blank it is OFF and selecting the low band frequency, 10.7 to 11.7 GHz (10700 to 11700 MHz).

When the 22KHz is ON it is selecting the high band frequency, 11.7 to 12.75 GHz (11700 to 12750 MHz).

In the USA the common frequency range is 11.7 to 12.2 GHz. If you are using a universal LNBF, set the LO to 10600 and the 22KHz to ON.

Frequency LO 22KHz
10700 ~ 11700 09750 OFF
11700 ~ 12750 10600 ON

So, the rule of thumb for universal LNBFs is; 22KHz OFF selects LO 09750. 22KHz ON selects LO 10600.

How do I copy a satellite in the Global list to the User list?

Hold the "Option/Local" key unit the meter shows you are in the Global list. Use the arrow keys to select the satellite you want. Press the "Load/dB" key and that satellite will be loaded to the user list.

Why do I need the User list if all the satellites are in the Global list?

One very good reason is that you don't have to search through a hundred or more satellites each time to find the one you want. Think of the User list as your Favorites list. Store the satellites you commonly use there for easy access.

How do I set Vertical or Horizontal?

13 on the meter is Vertical (or RH if you are using circular)
18 on the meter is Horizontal (or LH if you are using circular)

Can the meter test the LNBF?

Yes, when you connect to a LNBF the meter will detect amplified noise from the LNBF and it will show signal strength. This is a good indicator that the LNBF is in working condition.

I've heard the FS1 is much faster than any other meter. Is that true?

Yes, it is much faster than other digital meters because of our exclusive "Fast Sweep" technology. This means you can swing your dish faster while trying to find signal. This makes dish alignment much easier and much faster.

Can selected satellites in the Global Database be moved to the User Database?

Yes. It's a simple operation explained in the users manual marked 4.6. In the default channel plan mode, select the desired satellite. Press the "Load" key. "SAVE" will be displayed in the lower right of the display. The information has been copied to the User channel plan where you can now modify it. The original information is still in the default channel plan.

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.

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

There are several sources, one of the most popular is Lyngsat.com. 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.

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?

First Strike 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 First Strike meter will always give you accurate useful readings using units of measure. Your satellite receiver will give you a relative reading using only percentage.

Why can't I see the new list of satellites that I just loaded?

After loading your meter you must reset your meter to make the newly loaded list appear. Do this by turning your meter off, turn your meter back on and within 5 seconds after it has booted, enter 9876 on the key pad. You meter will then reset and turn off. Turn your meter on and you should see your newly loaded list of satellites. Remember to set your LONG and LAT. The meter will only show satellites that are visible from your LONG and LAT settings.

Find the FS1 serial number

Register your meter within 10 days of purchase.

Important: Make sure your serial number is correct.

The serial number is on the back of your meter. Please note where the serial number is located and that it may be obscured by the Ruff Neck jacket.

Find your serial number on the First Strike FS1

Incorrect serial numbers may cause problems should you need warranty services.