Learning Menu 9 on the Chaparral Monterey 100C
Menu 9 is used to add and delete satellites, and to assign the satellite names, types and formats (C or Ku-band).
You can make changes to any satellite at any time using this menu. If you find a satellite has the wrong name or format, you can change it easily.
Here's what the Menu 9 looks like on-screen if you're watching the NASA Select Channel on GE-2, Channel 9.
THE MENU LINE: [NASA W2 09 0]
This line gives you the following information from left to right:
- The network name for this channel if the receiver knows it. In this case, it's the NASA channel.
- The abbreviation for the satellite viewed. In this case, it's W2, which identifies GE-2.
- The channel you're watching. In this case, it's channel 09.
- The audio channel selected. If it's 0 as in this case, you're listening to the TV channel audio. If other numbers are present, you are listening to a radio network which is carried on the same satellite transponder that carries this TV channel. (See your manual for information.)
ADD NEW SATELLITE:
This adds a new satellite to the receiver's memory. Move the cursor to this line and press [ENTER] . The menu will ask you to enter the new satellite; it wants a two-character name. Remove the cover on the heel of your remote control to use the keypad. The first key you press assigns the letter; the second assigns the number. The name you assign must be different than any other in the database, or it will tell you "Satellite X1 already exists" (if you're trying to add X1) and refuse to add it.
After you enter the two characters, you will see a message "Satellite X1 added." You still must specify the format and type before you are finished!
FORMAT: There are two categories of formats: C and Ku-band.
- C-band satellites are easy. All of them use the designation "4 GHZ". To set this, press the >left and right< cursor keys. You will see the setting change a number of times, since there are many formats available. Continue until it says "4 GHZ", then move down a line to SAT. TYPE.
- Ku-band satellites are more difficult. If you have information from a dependable source (like Chaparral's web pages) about what format to use, follow it. If not, use the same format assigned to another satellite in the same series. Example: if you added a Telstar Ku-satellite, change to another Telstar Ku-band satellite and look at Menu 9 to see what format it uses. Use the same setting for your new satellite. This may not be perfect, but it should be close. Now move down a line to SAT.TYPE.
SAT. TYPE: This line tells you what family the satellite belongs in. Examples include Telstar, Galaxy, GE, Satcom or SBS.
If you're adding a satellite which already has a Type in the database like a Telstar or Galaxy, this is easy. Just press the >left and right< cursor keys to look through the available types. When you find one which matches, leave it in view and the receiver remembers it.
If you're adding a satellite Type which is not in the database, you need to do a bit more work.
- Press the left and right cursor keys until you see a series of Types called SAT1, SAT2, and so on. Each of these is a kind of blank slate on which you can write the name of the new Type. Select the lowest numbered "SAT" Type and press [ENTER].
- You will see a new menu which offers you characters 0-9 and A-Z to use in naming your new satellite Type.
- Move your cursor to each letter and number desired and press [ENTER], one at a time. This will build the new Type name as desired.
- When the name is complete, press [MENU][MENU] and the receiver will remember the new Type. it should now be displayed in the SAT. TYPE field.
When the satellite is named and the Format and Type have been entered, you are done with adding a new satellite.
INSERT SYNC: This tells the receiver how to stabilize itself when looking at satellites. There are three options: AUTO, ON and OFF.
- AUTO: This is the normal mode. It gives you the best video and the best on-screen menu stability.
- ON: This guarantees that the on-screen menus will be stable and easy to read, but the video on some channels may become unstable. Use it only when you're having problems and can't get the on-screen menu to stabilize enough to read. Solve the problem and reset to AUTO.
- OFF: This setting is only used when receiving very weak video signals. It maximizes the video quality but on-screen meuns may become unstable. Reset to AUTO when you're done viewing the program in question.
ERASE SATELLITE: This is how you remove dead satellites (or mistakes) from the receiver's memory. You cannot delete the satellite you are watching. Select any other satellite before doing this procedure.
- Move your cursor to this field, then press the >left and right< cursor keys. Pressing them displays the two-character abbreviations for every satellite. Note: this field does not cycle around if you reach the satellites at the east or west limit. Once you hit the satellite at either limit, the display will stop changing. You must then use the other cursor key (right or left) to step to the other end of the satellite list.
- When the satellite you want to delete is displayed, press [ENTER].
- The receiver will ask if you're sure you want to delete this satellite. If so, press [ENTER] a second time.
- The receiver will tell you the satellite has been erased.
RESTORE SATELLITE: This field is used only to restore the factory settings to a satellite. If you have managed to really mess up the settings for this satellite, you can use it as a last resort.
- Use the >left and right< cursor keys to display the name of the satellite you want to Restore.
- Press [ENTER] once and you will get a caution message, then a second time to restore the factory settings for the satellite in question.
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