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MIMTEC Spirit Excel (Manhattan 9900)
RECEIVER SOFTWARE SETUP
Having configured your satellite system according to one of the combinations described in the previous section, you are now ready to apply power to your SPIRIT Excel satellite receiver and adjust the software control settings to complement the chosen hardware configuration.
a) SWITCHING THE UNIT ON
When power is applied to the receiver the seven segment display initially shows P0 before going to P1 . This indicates the unit has powered up correctly.
b) INSTALLATION MENU
wThis menu is normally only used during initial set up byyourinstallaSon engineerandtherefore any changes made to the settings should be made with extreme caution as incorrect adjustment may cause loss of pictured
The Installation menu is used to match the receiver control software to the hardware configuration chosen in terms of the LNB, Polariser and RF Input used. Up to four LNB types can be defined, simultaneously accommodating three types of Polarisers. Subsequently any one of the four LNB types can be assigned to a particular channel as selected in the Channel Control menu.
As this menu is fundamental to the setup of the receiver and is only required to be accessed during installation entry to it is by an entry code. This prevents accidental changes in the LNB parameters and subsequent loss of picture.
To adjust the engineers menu using the remote control handset proceed as follows:
1) Press MENU key three times to select menu 3.
- Press 1 to select INSTALLATION.
- Enter engineers code 20137.
4) The screen will show a sub-menu similar to the following:
LNB01 LO 10.000
POLARISER MAG 50
AUX SWITCH OFF
IF SOURCE A
LNB VOLTAGE HIGH
Use the NEXT/PREVIOUS keys to place the cursor at the parameterto be changed
6) Use the UP/DOWN keys to change the setting.
7) After completing the changes press the STORE key to store the settings
Press the CANCEL key to remove the graphics from the screen.
9) Place the receiver in Stand-by by pressing the
STAND-BY key to reset the engineer's entry code.
The following section describes each of the parameters
contained in the Installation menu and the range of values
each can be assigned.
(A) "LNB 01" Selects one of four LNB types, LNB
n1 on no
(B) "LO 10.000"
Selects one of seven Local Oscillator (LO) frequencies: 5.150, 9.750,10.000,10.750,11.000, 11.300 or 11.475
Shows channel frequency in MHz and is for information only in this menu. Use the Channel Control menu to alterthis parameter. Note this parameter is coupled to the LO frequency and will be displayed as "--:--", if the difference between this frequency and the LO is outside the input range of the receiver's tuner. i.e. 950 to 2050MHz.
Selects channel horizontal (HOR) or vertical (VER) polarity
Adjusts the value of the selected LNB LO frequency. Range +/-999
Selects: Switched Voltage, MAG 50 or MAG 100 to match your LNB. If the Switched Voltage is selected the display will be as follows:
LNB01 LO 10.000
AUX SWITCH OFF
IF SOURCE A
This indicates that the magnetic and mechanical polariser drives have been switched off and that the DC output level on the LNB connector will switch between +13V and +18V depending on the polarity: Horizontal or Vertical.
When the Polariser is set to Mag 50 or MAG 100, the magnetic and mechanical polariser outputs are driven simultaneously. The 50 and 100 indicate the two ranges available.
(G) "AUX SWITCH"
Select on or off to output + 12V at rear panel G-0/12V terminals
(H) "IF SOURCE"
Selects LNB A or LNB B at rear panel as input to the tuner. Note only one output is DC powered at a time.
I) "LNB VOLTAGE"
Selects LNB DC power voltage as HIGH + 18V or LOW +13V or OFF. These settings are useful for controlling Dual band LNBs or if the receiver is to be used in a SMATV system. This option is only permitted for non-switched polarisers/ LNBs.
(J ) "H-POL / V-POL"
Selects output current value at rear panel A and B terminals for the magnetic polariser and the number of angular increments for the mechanical polariser. Again This option is only permitted for nonswitched polarisers/ LNBs.
The SPIRIT Excel is fully software controllable via 3 layered menus using the remote control handset supplied. The three menus are self contained and are as follows: MENU 1: Time Control; MENU 2: Channel Control and MENU 3: Installation. Each will be discussed in detail in the following sections.
After you have configured the hardware and software as described in the previous chapter, the next stage after switching the unit on, is to set the system clock using the Time Control menu, followed by assigning compatible channel setups to the transmissions and satellites that you require to access using the Channel Control menu.
MENU 1: TIME CONTROL
This menu is used to set the receiver's 4 event 28 day video timer for use with a VCR and the system clock. To access the required menu the following instructions should be followed:
1) Press the MENU key and the following graphics screen
1 VIDEO TIMER
2 SLEEP TIMER
3 SET CLOCK
2) Press the corresponding item number to access the
Each sub-menu will now be discussed in turn.
1 .VIDEO TIMER
Should you wish to record a programme from a satellite channel when your system is unattended you may use the video timer facility which operates in a similar manner to your VCR timer.
Up to 4 events can be put into memory with one occurring any time within the next four weeks. Additionally events can be set to repeat daily or weekly.
Setting a VCR event.
To set the VCR timer proceed as follows:
3) Press 1 to select VIDEO TIMER.
4) The following menu will appear (for CH 01):
VCR EVENT 01: FREE
PROGRAMME 01 RTL-2
START TIME 01:01
STOP TIME 01:01
5) Select desired event to be set by pressing 1-4 keys.
6) Press NEXT to place the cursor at FREE.
7) Press UP key to change FREE to USED. This will activate the setting when stored.
8) Press NEXT to put cursor at PROG.
9) Select channel to be recorded e.g. CH16. Channel number and name should appear.
10) Press NEXT key to place the cursor at START TIME.
11) Enter start time in 24 hour clock format.
12) Press NEXT key to put cursor at STOP TIME.
13) Enter stop time in 24 hour format.
14) Press NEXT.
15) Select the day the programme is transmitted using the 17 keys (Mon-Sun).
16) Press NEXT.
17) Press UP key to select whether the recording is to be the 1 st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th of the chosen day to come. This setting will be automatically turned off after the event is complete.
18) By continuing to press UP key you may select EVERY or DAILY. These are known as repeating events and must be turned off manually when no longer required. Selecting DAILY disregards the fact that you have selected a day.
19) Press STORE to store settings and end. 20) Repeat process for further events.
20) Press CANCEL at any time to exit without storing settings.
Freeing a VCR event
Should you wish to free an existing event, enter the VCR menu and select FREE. Press STORE to enter this new information into memory. You have now cancelled a previous VCR event request.
The Sleep Timer allows the receiver to operate for a preset period of time, up to 4 hours in 5 minute increments, before automatically placing the receiver into Stand-by. To operate the sleep timer from the Time Control menu proceed as follows:
3) Press 2 to select SLEEP TIMER. The following graphics display will appear on the screen:
SLEEP AFTER 00:00
4) Press the UP key to select the time for receiver to stay on before automatically going to stand-by.
5) After 5 seconds the graphics will disappear from the screen, but the sleep time will be continue to be displayed and decrement on the front facia LED display until Stand-by mode is entered.
6) Press CANCEL to set the sleep time to zero and exit the Time Control menu.
3.SET CLOCK The SPIRIT Excel has an internal real-time clock which
must be set prior to using the Video Timer for controlling a
VCR. To set the time for the system clock from the Time
Control menu proceed as follows:
3) Press 3 to select SET CLOCK and the following graphics display will appear:
----- DAY --:-
4) Select the current day by pressing the appropriate 1- 7 ( Mon - Sun) button on the remote control handset. 5) Enterthe current time in a 24 hour format hours and minutes. 6) Press STORE to set the time and exit the Time Control menu.
MENU 2: CHANNEL CONTROL.
The SPIRIT Excel satellite receiver permits each of it's 500 channels to be programmed with compatible audio and video transmission signal characteristics. These settings are controlled by the Channel Control menu which can be acce ssed by proceeding as follows:
1) Select the channel number you wish to change/assign. 2) Press the MENU key twice on the remote control handset. 3) The screen will now show the following menu:
ITEM MENU 2
1 CHANNEL SET UP
2 COPY CHANNEL
3 CHANGE PIN
4 SET FAVOURITE
5 DELETE FAVOURITES
6 DISH SET UP
The Channel Control Sub-menus will now be discussed in detail.
1.CHANNEL SET UP
If at any time you wish to input new channel settings or rearrange existing ones, this should be implemented through the Channel Set Up sub-menu. Consult satellite TV magazines for your favourite channel settings and proceed as follows:
4) Press 1 to select CHANNEL SET UP.
5) Enter your PIN code e.g. "9999"
6) The screen will now show the following set up menu:
PROGRAMME 12 SKY NEWS
PROG 12 ASTRA
CHANNEL LOCK OFF
IF BANDWIDTH WIDE
7) Press the NEXT/PREVIOUS keys to move up and down the top menu. As the parameter selected changes, the lower sub-menu will alter correspondingly.
8) To access the lower sub-menu, press the MENU key once.
9) When in the sub-menu again, press the NEXT/PREVIOUS keys to select parameter to be changed.
10) Press the UP/DOWN keys to alter the setting.
11) To return to the top Menu, press the MENU key again.
12) Any changes made can be stored by pressing STORE.
13) Press CANCEL to exit without storing changes.
Each sub-menu will now be described in detail:
(A) MAIN MENU: "PROG 12 SKY NEWS"
"PROG 12 ASTRA"
This is the current programme numberand satellite name. These can be altered independently.
"CHANNEL LOCK OFF"
Sets the parental lock to ON or OFF. If the Channel Lock is set to ON, the receiver should be placed into Stand-by to activate the parental lock. If the receiver is left on the channel which is to be locked when it is placed into Stand-by, the receiver itself will be locked. To lock only the channel selected, alter the displayed channel using the UP/DOWN keys, prior to placing the receiver into Stand-by.
Access to a locked channel or receiver is by PIN number.
"IF BANDWIDTH WIDE"
(B) MAIN MENU: "PICTURE"
Sets the bandwidth WIDE or NARROW which can improve the picture quality on some weaker channels.
"FREQUENCY 11.462" This is the frequency of the
"LNB 01 LO10.000" Sets the LNB type 01 to 04
as discussed in the
Installation chapter. The
associated Local Oscillator
frequency is also
d Splayed .
"VIDEO NORMAL" Sets the video signal to
NORMAL or INVERTED
(mostly used for C-Band
(C) MAIN MENU: "SOUND"
"S/C1 VIDEO STEREO" This sets which of two audio
sub-carriers is being
displayed i.e. S/C 1 or S/C2
while in the MONO mode.
The channel can also be set
to VIDEO or RADIO and the
audio can either be set to
STEREO or MONO.
Sets the respective left and right audio frequencies, orwhen selected the single mono frequency as defined by SC/1 or SC/2. The frequency range is 5.50 to 10.50MHz.
"VOLUMES PANDA" Sets the volume to a
maximum of 4 boxes and the
type i.e. PANDA, J17, or
(D) MAIN MENU: "DECODER"
OFF" Sets the decoder loop to
OFF, 1 or 2.
"BB OUTPUT PAL" Selects the type of
baseband required for either
PAL or MAC.
"CONTRAST " Adjusts the contrast level of
the picture to a maximum of
(E) MAIN MENU: "POLARISER"
SUB-MENU: "SKEW 01"
Allows the polarisation of a signal to be fine tuned in the range -16 to +15 in unitary increments, to improve the
picture. Note this parameter only appears when an LNB type is selected which has either a magnetic or mechanical polariser.
"POLARITY VER" Sets the polarity to either vertical, VER or horizontal, HOR.
(F) MAIN MENU: "DISH SET UP"
"POSITION 0000" Adjusts the position of the
dish forthat channel, from
9999 to +9999 in unitary
To copy one channel onto another channel, while in the Channel Control Menu, proceed as follows:
4) Press 2 to select COPY CHANNEL
5) The screen will show the following:
SELECT CHANNEL 01
6) Enter channel number to be copied e.g. 08.
7) Press NEXT to place the cursor on COPY CHANNEL.
8) Enterdestination channel number.
9) The number you have entered will now appear at SELECT CHANNEL signifying the channel has been copied.
10) Press CANCEL to end or repeat for another combination.
To change the PIN number, while in the Channel
Control Menu, proceed as follows:
4) Press 3 to select CHANGE PIN.
5) The screen as shown below will appear.
6) If you do not know the pin number enter the engineer's code (e.g.20137).
7) This will reveal the current pin code.
8) If you know the pin code then enter as requested.
9) Enterthe new PIN code.
10) Press STORE to set the new PIN code and exit the Channel Control menu.
11) Place the receiver into stand-by forthe new PIN to effect subsequent channel entry.
The SPIRIT Excel receivercomeswith preprogrammed FAVOURITE channel groups. While in the Channel Control menu these groups can be added to by proceeding as folIows:
4) Press 4 to select SET FAVOURITES.
5) The screen will showthe following:
6) Press UP key or enter channel number to be set.
7) Press NEXT key to put cursor at GROUP.
8) Press MENU key once.
9) Screen will show the following:
10) Press the UP/DOWN keys to change the character.
11) Press the NEXT key to move the cursor along the 10 character set.
12) Press MENU to return to GROUP.
13) Repeat for NAME if required.
14) Press STORE to save settings.
15) Press CANCEL at any time to exit menu.
To delete any of the preprogrammed FAVOURITE channel groups proceed as follows:
1) Select channel to be set (e.g. CH04).
2) Press MENU key twice to select menu 2.
3) Press 5 to select DELETE FAVOURITES.
4) The graphic display will be as shown below.
5) Press NEXT key to put cursor at channel to be deleted
6) Press FAV. CH key to delete program.
20 SKY SPORTS
To use the FAVOURITE CHANNEL function proceed as follows:
1) Press FAV. CH key. 2) Press NEXT key to select group required. 3) Press UP/DOWN keys to select channel required. 4) Press FAV. CH key to go to desired channel.
6.DISH SET UP
To set up your motorised dish from within the channel control menu proceed as follows:
4) Press 6 to select DISH SET UP
5) The screen will show the following:
6) The NEXT/PREVIOUS keys should be used to select the parameterto be adjusted.
7) When the parameter to be adjusted has been selected, use the UP/DOWN keys to reset the value.
8) When the changes are complete, press STORE forthe receiverto retain the adjusted values.
9) Press CANCEL to exit the Channel Control menu.
The Dish Set-UD sub-menus will now be discussed in
(A) MAIN MENU: "SAT ASTRA"
Press the UP key to select one of 16 factory preset satellite names or one of the 16 user selectable satellite names. To change any of these satellite names proceed as follows:
1) Press UP key to select name to be changed
2) Press MENU key once. The satellite name should appear at bottomofscreen.
3) Press NEXT key to select the character to be changed.
4) Press UP/DOWN keys to change the character setting.
5) Repeat for up to 10 characters. .
(B) MAIN MENU: "POSITION 0000"
1) Press NEXT once to put the cursor at POSITION.
2) Use the UP/DOWN keys to drive the dish to the required position. it may be useful to set a channel to the correct frequency/polarity etc. before moving dish.
(C) MAIN MENU: "SKEW 00"
1) When the satellite position is located press the PREVIOUS key to put the cursor at SKEW
2) Press UP/DOWN keys to adjust the satellite skew value to achieve the best quality picture
MENU 3: DEFAULTS
Menu 3 controls all the default settings and dish limits. To access Menu 3, press the menu key three times and the following graphics screen should appear:
ITEM MENU 3
2 DEFAULT SETTINGS
3 CALIBRATE DISH
4 SET DISH LIMITS
The Installation menu is discussed in the previous chapter and as such will not be discussed here. The remaining menus will now be discussed in detail in turn.
The default menu has the ability to return all or subsections of the receiver software controls to the factory presets. To invoke these presets from the Defaults menu proceed as follows:
1) Press MENU three times to select menu 3.
2) Press 2 to select DEFAULT SETTINGS, a prompt for your PIN numberwill appear.
3) Enter your PIN number.
4) The graphics screen shown belowwill now be displayed.
5) Press NEXT key to put cursor at section to be reset.
6) Press the store key to start the reset sequence. (a reset safeguard message is displayed so that you may exit the reset sequence should you change your mind) If not, follow the on-screen instructions.
The receiver should now start an automatic reset procedure for the section selected.
The description of the sections are as follows:
(A) "RESET CHANNELS" Resets all channel frequencies etc.
(B) "RESET FAVOURITES" Resets all favourite group
(C) "RESET SYSTEM" Resets satellite limits, skew
(D) "RESET SATELLITES" Not currently used, reserved for
future system expa nsion .
(E) "RESET ALL"
Resets all of the above.
To provide a starting reference point forthe actuator arm you will need to calibrate the dish position. Proceed as follows:
18 Press MENU three times to select MENU 3.
2) Press 3 to select CALIBRATE DISH. 3) The screen will show the following:
PROGRAMME 01 RTL-2
WHEN IT IS DONE
4) Press UP/DOWN keys to select channel to be located or directly enter channel number.
5) Press NEXT to select satellite name.
6) Press UP/DOWN keys to move dish to required location.
7) Press STORE when done.
4.SET DISH LIMITS
The dish travel can be limited to prevent the dish hitting the end stops and being overdriven which could possibly result in a jammed actuator. To set the dish limits of travel proceed as follows:
1) Press MENU three times to select MENU 3.
2) Press 4 to select SET DISH LIMITS, a prompt for the engineer's code will appear.
3) Enter the engineer's code.
3) The screen will showthe following:
LIMITS SET UP MENU
EAST LIMIT 9999
WEST LIMIT -9999
REVERSE MOTOR NO
4) Press UP/DOWN keys to move dish to the required EAST LIMIT.
5) Press NEXT key to select WEST LIMIT.
6) Press UP/DOWN keys to move dish to required WEST LIMIT.
7) Press NEXT key to select REVERSE MOTOR
8) Press UP/DOWN keys to select direction of motor drive
9) Press STORE to end.
10) Press CANCEL at any time to exit without storing setti ngs.
DIRECT ENTRY KEYS
For fast access to the most frequently altered settings the remote control handset offers direct entry keys, which when activated display the selected sub-menu without having to enter a code number.
The direct entry keys and a brief description of their function is as follows
MUTE: This key turns the audio outputs off.
Allows you to adjust the frequency of both audio sub-carriers, select eitherstereo or mono mode and set the type of audio deemphasis forthe channel currently viewed. The audio volume is also adjustable using this key.
This key is reserved for future system expansion.
Allows you to adjust the volume for the channel selected to any one of four settings.
Allows you to adjust the channel frequency at a percentage of the set channel frequency and the skew. Both functions are per channel.
TIME: Press to reveal the current system time setting.
Allows you to quickly access your favourite channel groupings.
Allows you to adjust the satellite name, the dish position and the skew.
This enables VCR loop-through when the VCR does not have an automatic +12V switch through.
This key is for pay per view applications, not currently used.
Locks the receiver. A second press releases the receiver.
6. PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
CONTROL: 500 channels. 32 satellite positions. 4 digit LED display. Stand-by function. On screen graphics with channel & satellite naming. On screen graphics not recorded by VCR. 4 event, 4 week timer. VCR LoopThrough. 8 Favourite channel modes. Parental lock. Installerset up menus. Ku/C-band compatible. 3 Scart Outputs: TV, VCR and Decoder. Card reader protective flap 29 Key remote control handset. Direct entry keys for commonly altered settings. Global switch output.
VIDEO: Video contrast control per channel. PAL/ MAC compatible. Integral VideoCrypt'odecoder.
AUDIO: Mute control. Synthesised. PANDA i( ) audio noise reduction. Independently tunable dual audio channels. Audio volume control per channel.
4 audio selection modes. Hl-FI phonoconnectorsockets.
DECODER: Integral VideoCrypt~~w} decoder patented interface. Fast switching for quick decoding. Delay compensated, anti-aliasing filters for superb video. Two decoder loops.
IF: Dual input tuner 950-2050MHz tuner. Wide and narrow band IF. Voltage switching, magnetic & mechanical polariser outputs. Skew per channel, skew per satellite & global skew facility. Pal l/G selectable UHF output. UHF loop through. UHF Test pattern generator.
POSITIONER: Integral positioner. Reed relay & optical actuator compatible.
Input Frequency Range: 950-2050MHz.
Input Power Range -65 to -30dBm.
Static Threshold 6dB.
IF Centre Frequency 479.5MHz.
IF Bandwidth: 26/18MHz, switchable.
Input Isolation: >30dBm.
Input Impedance: 75 ohms
Input Connector: F-Type.
Tuning system: Quartz locked PLL.
Video De-emphasis: CCIR405.1.625.
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 5.25MHz, -3dB.
Energy Dispersal Rejection: >40dB.
Video Output Level: 1 Vpp into 75 ohms.
Video Input Level: 1Vpp into 75 ohms.
Modulator output: CH30-39
Test signal: Switchable
Audio tuning System: Dual, independent, quartz
locked digital PLL
IF Bandwidth: 150/230kHz switchable
Tuning Range: 5.5-10.5MHz
De-emphasis: WegenerPanda I noise
Frequency Response: 50Hz to 15kHz.
Distortion: <1 %
Panda 1 accuracy: <+/- 0.5dB
Stereo tracking: <+/- 0.5dB
Cross talk: <50dB@1kHz
Output level: 1 Vpp nominal.
Volume control steps: OdB,-6dB,-12dB,18dB
Magnetic polariserdrive: +/- 100mA or +/- 50mA.
Skew per channel: +/- 40mA or.+/- 20mA.
Skew per satellite: +/- 45mA or +/- 15mA.
Mechanical polariser: 5V DC @ 500mA .
Switched polariser: +13.5/+17V@ 350mA.
Auxilliary switch output: 12Vnominal. Current
limit 100mA approx.
ActuatorDrive 36V@ 4A.
Sensor type: Reed switch or optical
Max. pulse rate: 3500 pulses per minute.
Consumption: 56W typical, 18 Standby,
Power Requirements: 220V to 240V ACrms
Height: 80 mm
Width: 435 mm
Depth: 280 mm
Decoder Television Video recorder
1 Right audio out Right audio out Right audio out
2 Right audio in Right audio in Right audio in
3 Left audio out Left audio out Left audio out
4 Audio ground Audio ground Audio ground
5 Blue ground Blue ground
6 Left audio in Lea audio in Left audio in
7 Blue in Blue out
8 VCR status VCR status
9 Green ground Green ground
10 Baseband out 2
11 Green in Green out
13 Red ground Red ground
14 Video in 2
15 Red in Red out
16 RGB blanking RGB blanking
17 B/bandoutGnd Videoground Videoground
18 Video in Gnd Blanking ground
19 B/band out 1 Video out Video out
20 Video in 1 Videoin Videoin
21 Common ground Common ground Common ground
Mimtec Spirit Excel Channel Allocation.
Channel No Satellite Position
- 6 Intelsat 602 63 E
- 11 Intelsat 604 60 E
- 59 Kopernikus 3 23.5 E
- 71 Eutel I F5 21. 5 E
- 125 Astra 19.2 E
- 139 Eutel IIF3 16 E
- 155 Eutel II FI 13 E
- 181 Eutel II F2 10 E
- 200 Eutel II F4 7 E
- 205 Tele-X 5 E
- 217 Thor 0.8 W
- 225 Intel 702 1 W
- 240 Telecom 2B 5W
- 259 Telecom 2A 8W
- 261 Gorizont 15 11W
- 263 Gorizont 20 14W
- 270 Intel515 18W
- 281 TVSat/ TDFI 19W
- 297 Intel K 21.5W
- 312 Intel 601 27. 5W
- 320 Hispasat 30W
- 332 Panamsat 45W
Motor = A&B
Sensor = - & +
Satellite Co-axial = Input A
Polariser = A & G ( normally triple band only)
FSS band (Astra- EutelsatsJ
Installation Menu (Code 20137)
LNB =01 Lo 9.750
Polariser Mag 50
Aux Switch Off
LNB Voltage Low
LNB = 04 Lo 10.750
LNB Voltage High
Note: To store settings vou must be in channel set-up menu
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