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How to Receive with an AFN Decoder

Updated April 17, 2017

The American Forces Network (AFN) is a worldwide broadcast network of TV and radio stations. The AFN supplies programming to U.S. military personnel and their families at overseas deployment locations. AFN broadcasting is mostly satellite-based and sent over encoded signals. You can program a satellite decoder to receive AFN stations.

Turn on the TV set and the satellite decoder.

Bring up the decoder's main menu on the TV screen; the method of performing this operation depends on the make and model of the decoder. The Cisco D9865(H) high-definition TV decoder is widely used to receive the AFN. For the D9865(H), press the "Menu" key on the remote control.

Navigate to the tuning section of the main menu. On the D9865(H), select "Setup menu," press "OK," select "Tuning/preset" and then press "OK."

Change the decoder's tuning parameters to the correct values for the AFN. On the D9865(H), set the parameters to:

Downlink: 10.775

LO Select: Auto

Crossover: 11.7

DiSEqC: Disable

LO Freq1: 9.75

NetID: 6

LNB Power: 18-H

Modulation Type: DVB-S

Symbol Rate: 28.0

DiSEqC Switch: Off

Confirm the changes you made to the configuration. For the D9865(H), select "Save" and press "OK."

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Jonah Quant has been writing about computer science since 1990. He has contributed to international conferences and journals such as those of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. Quant has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California.