Reception Station Set-up

A single reception station can potentially receive all the data being transmitted from one communications satellite, independent of the data provider.

Important Note: EUMETCast-Americas service ended 15 Dec 2016

Full details

Overview of Reception Station Requirements

A typical EUMETCast reception station comprises a standard PC, a DVB reception device (internal or external), and a satellite off-set antenna fitted with a digital universal V/H LNB for Ku-band, or fitted with a circular polarisation feedhorn, bandpass filter and special LNB for C-band.

For detailed instructions for the orientation of the Satellite antenna please read  EUMETCast, Satellite Antenna Pointing Guide.

To decode and decrypt the EUMETCast data stream, EUMETCast Client Software and EUMETCast Key Unit (EKU) are also required.

The cost of EUMETCast reception stations is kept to a minimum by using industry open standards to the maximum extent possible, resulting in an adaptable front-end solution to users' applications. For further information on purchasing station equipment, contact a manufacturer.

In addition to the front-end equipment, EUMETCast Client Software and EKU, data processing software will be required. These software applications are commercially available — for further information, contact a relevant manufacturer or EUMETSAT.

Reception station set-ups for individual services

We currently operate two EUMETCast broadcasts: EUMETCast Europe in Ku-band via EUTELSAT 10A and EUMETCast Africa in C-band via EUTELSAT 5 West A.

An overview of the reception devices and setup needed for each service is noted below. For full details on all set ups please read TD 15: EUMETCast — Broadcast System for Environmental Data (PDF, 3 MB)

For locations not covered by the plots in the below or any other queries contact our User Service Helpdesk.

EUMETCast Europe

EUMETCast Europe is operated using the DVB-S2 standard. The following table shows the transponder parameters.

Ku-band Transponder EUTELSAT 10A (10° E), Europe
Ku-band Transponder EUTELSAT 10A (10° E), Europe
Parameter Value
Name EUTELSAT 10A
Transponder C4
Down Link Frequency 11262.500 MHz
Symbol Rate 33000 kS/s
Polarisation Horizontal
Roll-Off 5%
Transmission Standard DVB-S2
MODCOD 1 — Basic Service 8PSK3/5
MPE transport stream (TS) ISI=1
max 55 Mbps info bit rate (at TS level)
max 50 Mbps IP data rate
MODCOD 2 — High Volume Service 16APSK2/3
MPE transport stream (TS) ISI=1
max 85 Mbps info bit rate (at TS level)
max 77 Mbps IP data rate

Note:The same ISI value is used for the Basic Service and High Volume Service. This allows the simultaneous reception of both services with one DVB receiver. If the receiver supports the full data rate, there is only one DVB receiver needed for the full transponder.

Satellite footprint and recommended antenna sizes

The footprint (Figure 1) illustrates the general coverage of the new service. The required antenna sizes depend on reception station location, the EIRP, the typical weather patterns and the selected DVB-S2 parameters (e.g. MODCOD, Symbolrate).

EUTELSAT 10A Satellite Coverage
Figure 1: EUTELSAT 10A Satellite Coverage

Basic Service

The Basic Service can be received with minimum specified antennas in most areas across the footprint (see Antenna Sizes and Availability for the Basic Service (8PSK3/5) and the High Volume Service (16APSK2/3).

The plots show the yearly availability taking into account typical weather patterns for standard antenna sizes. Professional users should aim for 99.98% availability.

For best performance we recommend using the latest version of the EUMETCast client software.

An updated EUMETCast DVD can be ordered from our Helpdesk. New users will automatically receive the new package upon registration.

For existing users this package is also available via EUMETCast and is disseminated twice every day at 05:25 and 17:25 UTC on the 'Info-Channel-1'.

The package will be delivered into a sub-directory called 'tellicast-client-pre-release' on the EUMETCast station and consists of several zip and tar archive files and installation instructions.

High Volume Service

For the High Volume Service larger antennas are required. An antenna size for 99.98% or better availability is recommended (see Antenna Sizes and Availability for the Basic Service (8PSK3/5) and the High Volume Service (16APSK2/3).), although with clear sky conditions even the Basic Service antennas might be usable.

Due to the very high throughput of the channels delivering large files this might create losses for machines with limited RAM availability and/or slow I/O disk performances.

To prevent loss of reception we recommend:

  • Stand alone reception stations are recommended (with no Virtual Systems or Network-attached storage).
  • 64bit CPU.
  • 64bit operating system (Linux, Windows)
  • 4 GB RAM or larger
  • 1GB network interfaces (for DVB router and LAN)
  • USB 2.0 (for EKU)
  • Latest EUMETCast (Tellicast) client software

An updated EUMETCast DVD can be ordered from our Helpdesk. As with the Basic Service new users will automatically receive the new package upon registration. For existing users this package is also available via EUMETCast and is disseminated twice every day at 05:25 and 17:25 UTC on the 'Info-Channel-1'. The package will be delivered into a sub-directory called 'tellicast-client-pre-release' on the EUMETCast station and consists of several zip and tar archive files and installation instructions.

EUMETCast Africa

EUMETCast Africa is operated using the DVB-S standard in C-band. The following table shows the transponder parameters.

C-band Transponder EUTELSAT™ 5 WEST A (5° W)
C-band Transponder EUTELSAT™ 5 WEST A (5° W)
Parameter Value
Name EUTELSAT® 5 WEST A
Transponder C02
Down Link Frequency 3731.7570 MHz
Symbol Rate 11.963 MS/s
FEC 2/3
Polarisation Circular Left Hand

Satellite footprint and recommended antenna sizes

The footprint (Figure 2) illustrates the general coverage of the service. The required antenna sizes depend on reception station location, the EIRP, the typical weather patterns and the selected DVB-S parameters (e.g. MODCOD, Symbol Rate).

EUTELSAT 5 West A Coverage
Figure 2: EUTELSAT 5 West A Coverage

Antenna size recommendations providing sufficient rain margin in C-band are based on EUMETSAT experience, scaled from antenna sizes used at EUMETSAT (top value of each band).

How to use the table below: read the satellite EIRP value from the coverage map and select the corresponding antenna size. For antenna elevations below 15° use next lower EIRP value.

EIRP values and antenna size
EIRP values and antenna size
41
40
39 2.40
38 2.69
37 3.02
36 3.39
35 3.80
34 4.27
33 4.79
32 5.37
31 6.03
30 6.76

EUMETCast Terrestrial

EUMETCast Terrestrial will multicast satellite data in Europe via the National Research and Education Network (NRENs) and the GÉANT infrastructure. Only organisations eligible for access to a NRENs can access the service, if the NREN supports multicasting.

The terrestrial service will re-use components familiar to users of the EUMETCast satellite service and then, as for EUMETCast satellite, subscribes to the related multicast channels to receive the data.

This is based on the same:

  • Reception station requirements (without front-end antenna requirements).
  • Reception software and access control via usage of EKUs.
  • Helpdesk and user support.
  • Support to Data Policy endorsement.

The prerequisites are that that NREN is multicast enabled and cooperates with the GÉANT Association.

Each user site interested in the EUMETCast Terrestrial service will also be responsible for:

  • Eligibility and bandwidth subscription to their NREN.
  • Implementation of their reception station as well as their internal local data routing.

The demonstration service comprises a sub-set of Copernicus Sentinel-3A marine data and products.

Devices

The following table shows, in alphabetic order, information provided by industry on devices that they state to be compliant with above requirements. The devices that are already used by EUMETSAT are marked.

Please note that this list will change over time as industry might provide updated information or suggest additional devices. Therefore, we recommend you consult this web page regularly.

Company Name Model Type EUMETCast Service Support OS Support Further info by Company EUMETCast Setup Info Used by EUM
Ayecka Ayecka SR1 Router/ LAN EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa All Ayecka SR1 Satellite Receiver SR1 Setup Guide (v4) Yes
Newtec EL940 IP Satellite Receiver is not available any more, replaced by MDM6000 Router/ LAN EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa All - EL940 Setup Guide (v1E) Yes
Newtec MDM6000 (successor of EL940) Router/ LAN EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa All Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modem MDM6000 Setup Guide (v1E) Yes
Novra Novra S300E or S300N Router/ LAN EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa All Novra S300E Satellite Receiver S300 Setup Guide (v2C) Yes
Omicom Pro Omicom 16/32 PSK PCI Card EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa Windows, Linux Omicom Pro 16/32 APSK PCI Omicom Windows Setup Guide (v1C)
For Linux Guide contact Email
Yes
TBS TBS 6925/6983 Both Satellite Receivers are not available any more, replaced by TBS 6903/6908 PCIe EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa Windows, Linux TBS-6925
TBS-6983
TBS-6925/ 6983 Windows Setup Guide (v1E)
TBS DVB-S2 Receivers EUMETCast LINUX Setup Guide (v2)
Yes
TBS TBS 6903
TBS 6908
PCIe EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa Windows, Linux TBS-6903 Professional DVB-S2 Dual Tuner Card
TBS-6908 Professional DVB-s2 Quad Tuner Card
TBS-6903/6908 Windows Setup Guide (v2)
TBS DVB-S2 Receivers EUMETCast LINUX Setup Guide (v2)
Yes
TBS TBS 5925 USB EUMETCast Europe (BS & HVS), Africa Windows, Linux TBS-5925 Satellite Receiver TBS-5925 Windows Setup Guide (v1F)
TBS DVB-S2 Receivers EUMETCast LINUX Setup Guide (v2)
Yes
The following device with STV0903BAC demodulator chip support only 8PSK MODCODs
TechniSat Skystar 2 HD — Has been discontinued PCIe EUMETCast Europe (BS), Africa Windows Skystar 2 eXpress HD SKYSTAR 2 HD PCIe WINDOWS  BS Setup Guide (v1B) Yes. Note Basic Service recep- tion only
The following Device supports only C-band
Technotrend S2-4100 PCIe EUMETCast Africa Windows, Linux Technotrend S2-4100 Tuner Card Technotrend S2-4100 Linux Setup Guide (v1)
Windows setup guide is not yet Available
Yes