Thursday, December 9, 2004

Caring For Your Satellite Equipment Over the Holidays

Taking good care of your satellite receiving equipment is absolutely imperative in order to make sure that your school can make the best use of GPB programming. That's why it's important that you take the time to shut down your equipment properly before leaving for winter break. Below are some simple instructions on how to leave your equipment before you leave school this December.

* Leave the satellite dish (antenna) pointed at AMC 3, GPB's new satellite location
* Leave the Chaparral receiver and Digiciphers plugged in
* Leave the Chaparral with the power on. It does not matter whether the Digicipher has the red power light activated (controlled by the sat/tv button) as long as all the units are plugged in and getting electrical power. (Without electrical power they eventually lose all the software pre-programmed into them).
* Post a large sign on the equipment asking people not to disconnect, unplug, turn off, or otherwise tamper with your equipment

These safe-keeping practices are good not only at winter break, but rather should be used any time your satellite equipment will go unused for an extended period of time. Be sure to look for our helpful tips on starting up your satellite equipment in the January issue of Pipeline.