Guide to Creating a Technomate Channel List from Scratch
For Technomate 5400 Super and 5402HD models with USALS.
(May work with other TM series, or with Clarke Tech clones.)
Note: this guide and the attached spreadsheet are for creating a brand new channel list.
They will not help you modify an existing channel list.
Warning: always back up your own channel list before loading another one!
Many channel lists are available online, but the best list is always the one you make yourself.
This "Transponder Updater" spreadsheet will grab transponder details from the website of your
choice (Lyngsat, King of Sat, Flysat), for the satellites and beams you would like to scan. It then
saves an "empty" channel list to your PC with satellite and transponder information. (No channels
are stored at this stage.) This empty list can then be loaded into your receiver via USB stick, and
is ready for auto navigation to pull in the channels.
* You can enter your own satellite names and positions (up to 64).
* Choice of Lyngsat, King of Sat, or Flysat for acquiring transponders.
* You can specify exactly the beams from which to take transponders.
* Each website has its own columns for URLs and beams to scan, so you can switch from one to
another easily and compare results.
* Some good beams for the UK are already entered in the spreadsheet - easy to customise.
* A dummy transponder can be inserted for each satellite to prevent the Technomate from
scanning too early when auto-navigating. This ensures the dish has moved away from the
previous satellite before scanning the next one, thus preventing incorrect channel info on the
* After the spreadsheet has finished (could take a minute or two) you can see exactly which
transponders have been saved to the new list.
Full instructions in spreadsheet. Tested on Technomate 5400 Super and 5402 HD receivers.
If the attached "rar" file does not open, try changing extension to "zip".
A couple of tips on using the spreadsheet:
1) If you want to see what the various beams are called from a particular satellite, an easier way than
visiting the Lyngsat/KoS/Flysat website is to type "all" in the beams column. After running the macro,
you'll see precisely what all beams are called; the names are often a very good indication of whether
they're worth including! For the less obvious beams, see Lyngsat and Flysat for links to footprints.
2) If you do insert the dummy TPs (*), they can be removed later using Clark Tech Editor Studio.
The latest version is 3.17, and it is great for tidying up channel lists generally. Although it claims
lists from the 5402HD are "5000-HDS format", I don't believe this is quite the case, and would save
them as "Clark Tech Plus" format for both 5400 Super and 5402HD receivers.
* recommended - before I added this option, my receiver would start scanning Astra 19 again while
the dish was on the move between 19E and 23.5E...
Best wishes for 2012,