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BIRDOG Satellite Identification Meter

BIRDOG V 2.50 is discontinued



If you are a  professional installers and want a finder that can identify a particular satellite, then this is the one!  Also a great tool for mobile UPLINKERs

Box content:

  • Birdog Meter

  • Serial data cable

  • 80-220V Universal built-in AC charger cable

  • Cigarette Lighter DC charger

  • Leather carrying case

  • User's manual

  • Free Johnson Level Angle Finder (optional).  Add it to cart.

How does it work?

It communicates with the satellite's digital transmissions with "Unique Satellite Information Data" (USID).  While most pointing devices only give you a general idea that there are indeed satellites in the sky and allow you to peak the signal, the BIRDOG takes you one step further by positively identifying the satellite.  

Easily identify all 2 way Broadband Satellites like DirecWAY and Starband. You select the satellite from the menu, move your dish until the BIRDOG says "Found". Indicates raw signal level and digital data error rates at the same time for best dish alignment and cross polarity adjustment. 

  • Why drag a TV and satellite receiver to the roof, when you can do the whole job with just a small and easy to carry tool like this! 

  • At less than 2 lbs in weight, you can carry it anywhere you want.

  • It has a LOOP OUT to connect to your receiver if you wish. 

  • Don't waste your valuable time or money on cheaper analog meters.  Use this professional meter for all your installations.  This digital satellite meter will maximize the number installations any installer can perform in a day and is very easy to use.

  • What used to take half an hour to an hour now takes a few minutes to find and peak the signal! Time is valuable, why waste it!

  • Improve your service call efficiency and speed.



  • Audible tune-in signal.  Listening to signal tone and changing antenna direction makes it easy and quick to find the best signal reception.

  • Total Software Upgrade.

  • Software stored in Flash memory for later upgrade.

  • DVB and DSS compatible.

  • Pre programmed to most regionally used satellites.

  • Uses USID (Unique Satellite Information Data).

  • Signal strength and Bit Error Rate (Picture Quality) displayed simultaneously.

  • Easy reading LCD display.

  • Back lit display 

  • Up to 32 satellites may be pre-programmed 

  • 32 step bar-graph for Signal Strength plus % readout

  • 32 step bar-graph for BER (Picture Quality) plus % readout

  • Reading for both Horizontal and Vertical signals

  • 2.4 Ah NiMh battery for accurate and fast charge - 6 hours from flat

  • Up to 30 installations from 1 charge

  • Universal built-in charger for use worldwide.

  • Satellites settings stored in non-volatile EPROM

  • Short circuit proof on LNB output

  • Internal battery powers the LNB.

  • Works with all standard, universal, linear (DVB) and circular (DSS) polarity LNBs.

  • Drop tested to 1 meter

  • Weight approx 2 lbs (900gms)

  • Size (approx.): 6.7x 2.7 x 4.5" (170 x 68 x 115 mm) WxHxD 


  • RF input range:  950 - 2150MHz

  • Input dynamic range:  - 65dBm to -25dBm

  • Input connector F-female

  • Input impedance:  75 Ohms

  • LNB supply 13 and 18V @ 250mA

  • Symbol rate up to 90Mbps

  • Symbol Frequency rate from 1 to 45 Msps

  • Puncture code (FEC) 1/2,  2/3,  3/4,  5/6 and  7/8

  • Built-in NiMH battery  2.4Ah  7.2V

  • Universal charger  80 to 250V AC

  • Figure of 8 mains connector

  • 2.1mm Female PSU plug for external charge

  • RS232 connector for PC upgrade

  • V 2.50 latest firmware (This version comes with additional upgrades to allow a very quick start/shut-down. The audible tone is different, and the circuitry has been enhanced for more efficient charging, and extending the battery’s life-span)



  • We RECOMMEND THAT THE INITIAL BATTERY CHARGING IS TO BE A MINIMUM OF 6-12 HOURS. By charging the battery for 12 hours, enables the cells to balance out, this enables the batteries to operate 100 %. This is also applicable in a Meter that has not been used for 6 month.  Don not over-charge.

  • Testing also revealed that in extremely cold weather (around 34 degrees and below) the battery level could drop as low as 10% of the original charge if the meter (and LNB) were left exposed for an extended length of time.

  • We recommend to keep the meter battery charged as high as possible in extreme weather. 

  • Keep the meter (and LNB if practical) warm until time for use.

  • Battery is guaranteed not to be DOA (Dead on arrival, i.e. non functional).  

  • The Mfg warranty does not cover the battery.  See return policy about batteries.

Satellites supported:

The BIRDOG satellite menu can be reprogrammed to include only the satellites you are interested in (stores up to 32 Satellite locations).  With the purchase of this meter you will be able to download satellite information and update your BIRDOG via the web (very easy and takes about 2 minutes).

K V Telstar12 15 West
K H Telstar12 15 West
K V NSS-7 22 West
K H NSS-7 22 West
K V Hispasat1C 30 West
K H Hispasat1C 30 West
K V Intelsat 801 31.5 West
C V AMC12 37.5 West
C L NSS-806 40.5 West
C R NSS-806 40.5 West
C V PAS-3R 43 West
C H PAS-3R 43 West
C V PAS 1R 45 West
C H PAS 1R 45 West
K V PAS 1R 45 West
K H PAS 1R 45 West
C L Intelsat 705 50 West
K H Intelsat 705 50 West
C V Intelsat805 55.5 west
C H Intelsat 805 55.5 west
C V PAS9 58 west
C H PAS9 58 West
K V Amazonas 61 West
K H Amazonas 61 West
B R Dishnetwork 61.5 West
B L Rainbow1 61.5 west
K H Estrela do Sul 63 West
K V Nahuel1 71.8 West
K H Nahuel1 71.8 West
C V AMC6 72 West
K V AMC6 72 West
K H AMC6 72 West
B L DirecTv 72.5 west
K H SBS6 74 West
K V AMC5 79 West
K H AMC5 79 West
B L Nimiq 2 82 West
K V AMC9 83 west
K H AMC9 83 West
C H AMC3 87 West
K V AMC3 87 West
K H AMC3 87 West
K V Direcway IA8 89 West
K H Direcway IA8 89 West
K V IA-8 89 West
K H IA-8 89 West
B L Nimiq1 91 West
B R Nimiq3 91 West
C V Galaxy11 91 west
C H Galaxy11 91 west
K V Galaxy11 91 West
K H Galaxy11 91 West
K V IA6 93 West
K H IA6 93 West
K V IA6 DMX 93 West
C V Galaxy3C 95 West
C H Galaxy3C 95 West
K V Galaxy3C 95 West
K H Galaxy3C 95 West
C V IA5 97 West
C H IA5 97 West
K V IA5 97 West
K H IA5 97 West
C V Galaxy4R 99 West
K H G4R DirecWay 99 West
K V Galaxy4R 99 West
K H Galaxy4R 99 West
3 Generation LNBf DirecTv 101 west (one of two files)
C V AMC4 101 West
C H AMC4 101 West
K V AMC4 101 West
K H AMC4 101 West
K H AMC4 Starband 101 West
C V AMC1 103 west
C H AMC1 103 west
K V AMC1 103 West
K H AMC1 103 West
Superdish 105 West
K V AMC15 105 West
K H AMC15 105 West
C V AnikF1 107.3 West

B R DishNetwork 110 West
B L DirecTv 110 west
C V AnikF2 111.1 West
K V Anik F2 111.1 West
C V Solidaridad2 113 West
C H Solidaridad2 113 West
C V Satmex5 116.8 West
C H Satmex5 116.8 West
K V Satmex5 116.8 West
K H Satmex5 116.8 West
B R Dishnetwork 119 West

3 Generation LNBf DirecTv 119 west (one of two files)
Superdish 121 West
C V Echostar 9 121 West
C H Echostar 9 121 West
K V Echostar9 121 West
K H Echostar9 121 West
C V Galaxy10R 123 West
C H Galaxy10R 123 West
K V Galaxy10R 123 West
K H Galaxy10R 123 West
C H Galaxy12 125 West
C V Galaxy9 127 West
K V Horizons1 127 west
K H Horizons1 127 west
B R Dishnetwork 129 west
C V IA7 129 West
K V IA7 129 West
K H IA7 129 West
K V Starband IA7 129 West
K H Starband IA7 129 West
C V AMC11 131 West
C H AMC11 131 West
C V SatcomC3 131 West
C V Galaxy1R 133 West
C H Galaxy1R 133 West
C H SatcomC4 135 West
C V AMC7 137 West
C H AMC8 139 West
B R Dishnetwork 148 West
DishPro 110 west
DishPro 119 west
K V Horizons1 127 West
K H Horizons1 127 West
K V GTECH Gilat AMC4 101 West TEST
K V GTECH Hughes AMC4 101 West TEST
Ka/Ku Multi-Satellite 5 dish DirecTv 101west 1 of 2 files
Ka/Ku Multi-Satellite 5 dish DirecTv 119west 1 of 2 files
U V NSS-7 22 West
U H PAS-1R 45 West SkyWay
U H Horizons1 127 West SkyWay
U V Intelsat 801 31.5 West
U V Telstar12 15 West
U H Telstar12 15 West
U V Hispasat1C 30 West
U H Hispasat1C 30 West
U H Telstar11 37.5 West
U H Intelsat 705 50 West
U V PAS-9 58 West Mex Test
U H PAS-9 58 West Mex Test
U V Amazonas 61 West
U H Amazonas 61 West
U V Naheul1 71.8 west
U V AMC6 72 West
U H AMC6 72 West
U H SBS6 74 West
U V AMC5 79 West
U H AMC5 79 West
U V AMC9 83 West
U V AMC3 87 West
U H AMC3 87 West
U V IA8 89 West
U H IA8 89 West
U V Galaxy11 91 West
U H Galaxy11 91 West
U V IA6 93 West
U H IA6 93 West
U V Galaxy3C 95 West
U H Galaxy3C 95 West
U V IA5 97 West
U H IA5 97 West
U V Telstar5 97 West
U H Telstar5 97 West
U V Galaxy4R 99 West
U H Galaxy4R 99 West
U V AMC4 101 West
U H AMC4 101 West
U V AMC1 103 West
U H AMC1 103 West
U V AMC15 105 West
U H AMC15 105 West
U V Anik F2 111.1 West
U V Satmex5 116.8 West
U H Satmex5 116.8 West
U V Anik E1 118.7 West
U H Anik E1 118.7 West
U V Echostar9 121 West
U H Echostar9 121 West
U V Galaxy10R 123 West
U H Galaxy10R 123 West
U V Galaxy13 127 West
U H Galaxy13 127 West
U V Horizons1 127 West
U H Horizons1 127 West
U V IA7 129 West
U H IA7 129 West


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