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RF Design Ltd

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8 Lesley Grove Waikanae Kapiti 5036 New Zealand

Phone: 04-293-7315 Mobile:021-418-656 E-mail: stephen@rfdesign.co.nz

Stephen Abbot
NZCE(Telecom), BE(Electronic & Electrical)

Design Engineer

LNB setup notes for SkyNZ Set Top Boxs

There are two common Low Noise Block (LNB) Local Oscillator (LO) settings for Sky set top boxes(STB's) that needs to match the LNB otherwise the STB will see no signal and report Rain Fade. The LNB is the small device on the end of the dish arm to which the cable to the STB connects. The two common LNB frequencies are, 11,300MHz and 10,750MHz. Historically Sky supplied LNB's were 11,300MHz, these are LNB's that were supplied by Sky before 2006 and have a round white radome face. Since mid 2006 Sky started to supply dual throat LNBs that are distinctively oval in shape and have a LO of 10,750MHz. If you live in an apartment, then the central building dish will most likely be fitted with a 11,300MHz LNB.

The LNB fitted by RF Design to this house is: 11300 / 10750


To alter a Sky box LNB settings, go into the menu system# and select Settings (very left hand option), then Advanced Setup, then select LNB Setup, you will then be asked for a PIN. Below are two sets of instructions depending on which LO frequency you wish to set. To setup for 11,300MHz

LNB Power: ON Set 22kHz Tone Use: None Set Local Oscillator Frequency: 11300MHz KU Band

This completes setup, now use the Go Back key several times to exit the Menu system then remove the power from the STB for 20-30sec and re apply, the new LO setting should now take effect. To setup for 10,750MHz

LNB Power: ON Set 22kHz Tone Use: Satellite/LNB switching Set Local Oscillator Low Band Frequency: 10750MHz Set Local Oscillator High Band Frequency: 11800MHz Enable 22kHz Tone at Orbital Position: 156.0 East Optus D2

This completes setup, now use the Go Back key several times to exit the Menu system then remove the power from the STB for 20-30sec and re apply, the new LO setting should now take effect.

Sometimes it is difficult to get to the main menu when the box finds no signal, so after powerup, wait till the box

passes the Wait One Moment and then presents the Rainfade screen, at this point press the Go Back button, and while the screen is black press the O middle button, the menu should then appear. Remember what settings your other/home LNB is to make it easier to set back when returning home.