Birdog Ultra News and Downloads


Thank you for purchasing the Birdog Ultra.   You now have a meter with a rechargeable Lithium battery.  With this lithium battery you can power two of the most power hungry LNBs in the market, WildBlue and DirecTv SWM, without the need for any optional equipment.

Shaw 107.3W                                          Oct 3, 2019

Files for ShawD 107.3 have been updated, new file names:
Shaw 107.3 New
ShawD 107.3 (2)
xKu Shaw 107 New

The Canada Super List and Shaw Direct single lists have also been updated.

DSWiM Reverse-Band LNBs                             The Birdog Ultra will work with the 3D2RBLNB and 5D2RBLNB, (SL3 and SL5 reverse band SWM lnbs) using the Birdog DTV SWM files but you will have to manually turn the 21V on each time. 
To manually turn on 21V:
  1.  Make sure a SWM file is on the screen (ie:  DTV SWM 101)
  2.  hit OFF button one time and scroll down to LNB 21V.
  3.  hit right arrow and meter will say:  Are you sure?
  4.  hit right arrow again and meter will turn on 21V. 

If you scroll to a different SWM file or turn meter off, you will have to manually turn on the 21V again to use with SWM lnb.

NOTE - This is actually the recommended way to use the Ultra with any SWM LNB.  

Ultra Downloads Here :

Do not attempt to download any version Birdog other than the Ultra on this page.
All Birdogs other than the Ultra must use the 'Configure' or 'Preconfigure page for downloads.

The file capacity of the Birdog Ultra is much greater than any previous version Birdog and as such it has it's own download page, available here

There are 4 Options available on the download page:
Option 1 - Super List download (see chart at bottom of this page for a list of satellites in this list).
Option 2 - Install different predefined lists in the 4 List locations of the Ultra.
Option 3 - Compose your own list of satellite files or add to predefined lists.  
Option 4 - Download an updated zip code file.
There is no longer the option to create an account to store satellite files 

Problems with Internet Explorer 10?               

If IE10 makes your download page looked jumbled, go into the compatibility feature by selecting the icon that looks like a torn page.  If that icon does not appear, bring up the tools bar by selecting ALT, then Tools, then Compatibility view settings and add  This will fix the issue.


Dishnetwork Files                                   

A file has been added to Option 2 download page named:  DishNet WA.
This file is for the Western Arc (110/119/129) and should be used for those satellites.

See Note below regarding Hidden Transponders.  You can use this feature with the DishNet WA file in  Option 2 to look at all the different transponders from satellites 110, 119 & 129.

Hidden Transponders                                        
Holding down the left & right arrow at same time will bring up any hidden transponders to your list.  If you have the DirecTV group loaded into your meter, you can see the individual transponders for the satellites by pressing left & right arrow at same time.  Powering the meter off will again hide the transopnders.

DishNetwork 1000.2 East LNB            

DishNetWork now has a dish called 1000.2 East that looks at 61.5  72.7 satellites only.  Two new files have been created for downloading, called "DishNet .2E 61.5"  and "DishNet .2E 72.7".  These files will lock and will switch the LNB correctly.  The previous 1000.4 East files will still lock normally on the 1000.4 East dish, but if using those files on the 1000.2 East dish, you have to manually select Diseqc A for 72.7 and Diseqc B for 61.5.

Orientation Feature   (Pointing Parameters)         

When Using the Orientation feature to look up Skew pointing parameters for various zip codes, the following applies:

DirecTV        - use 'Skew (B)"
DishNetwork - Add or subtract as indicated  "Skew (A)" to 90 degrees.

DirecTv 99 & 103 Files                    
"Ka DTV  99 RF NL" (No Lock) and  "Ka DTV 103 RF NL" (No Lock) files have been added to the Ultra download page.  These files will not lock on 99/103 but will show RF strength.

NOTE  -  These files are for info puposes only and are NOT to be construed as a substitute for the required dithering of every Ka/Ku dish.

Current Firmware                             
To check the firmware version in your Ultra:  with meter off press the OFF button, then scroll down to the third line from the bottom.  (Between 'Azimuth' and 'DPD' lines)

Load the Ultra firmware first, then the zippostcodeloader.

Firmware (exe):   BirDog_ULTRA_Upgrade_21Ua-0006.exe

Firmware (zip):

Zip and Postal
Code Loader:

The firmware 2,1Ua-0006 is the latest factory revision and continues to improve Ultra memory and diseqc switching (ie:  used for Dishnetwork).
The zippostcodeloader has also been updated and must be downloaded also.

NOTE - Load the 21Ua-0006 firmware before loading the zippostcodeloader.  After loading the Ultra may display "Low Battery", if so then connect to charger for 10 minutes.

Additional Features of the Birdog Ultra

While the Birdog Ultra is still user friendly and performs it's basic functions similar to previous models, the Ultra also has many additional features:
  • Voltage Measurement - Shows voltage supplied to the LNBF and current being drawn
  • Multi-Rate Technology - Will lock on dynamic/adaptive modulation like WildBlue
  • Expanded Modulation - Will lock on Digicipher II, 8PSK, QPSK, Turbo
  • Zip Code Lookup - The 'Orientation' feature gives you dish pointing parameters 
  • LNB Drift - Measure frequency deviation or 'drift' of the LNB
  • Five Point Scan - Scan 5 transponders at once with pass/fail indication
  • More RF Level Scales - now measures in dBuV, dBm, dBmV
  • Replaceable Connectors - F connectors are field replaceable
  • Lithium Battery - All in one power solution for WildBlue, DirecTv SWiM, DishNetWork
The Ultra has the above features plus many others such as increased file capacity, 256 vs 64; more robust data logger; better carry case, etc.

Ultra Manual - Available on the 'Manual' page of this website.

Data Logger

Data logger file.
Data Logger (ZIP)

DishNetWork       Legacy LNBs for 110/119    
For Dish 119 with a legacy LNB, use TPs (transponders) 13, 15 or 21
For Dish 110 with a legacy LNB, use TPs   11 or 15

Recent File Updates: 

117W   EutelSat117     KV           Updated 01/21/2020
89W     Galaxy 28        KV           Updated 03/04/2020
91W     Galaxy 17        KV           Updated 03/04/2020
117W   EutelSat117     KV           Updated 12/31/2019
107W    Shaw              KV           Updated 10/03/2019
89W   Galaxy-28          CV           Updated 07/09/2019

Super List:

The preconfigured ( Super List ) contained in the Ultra is composed of 4 distinct predefined lists

(1) DirecTv / WB (2) Specific (3) Standard  (4)Custom
Red Cross Galaxy 18 Dish Pro 110 DVB (4)
KH GC3 95 Skyway AMC15 Dish Pro 119 DSS (4)
KH G3C 5 Point Scan Skyway SES 1 Dishnet 129 Turbo (4)
Ka/Ku 3G 101 USA Mobility 127     Dishnet 118.7 DCII (4)
Ka/Ku 3G 119 Niasat 127 Dishnet 61.5 Wild Blue (1)
SWM101 Viasat 127 Dishnet 72.7 Xplornet (1)
SWM119 DMX G25 Dishnet 77
SWM Dual Display DMX G26 ShawDirect Anik F1
SWM Histogram GTech G17 ShawDirect Anik F2
WildBlue  WB1GTech Gilat SES 1 HughesNet Sats:  72, 74, 83, 87, 89, 91, 93
WildBlue Anik F2 GTech Hughes SES 1 95, 99, 113, 117, 127
Bloomberg NSS-806 Xplornet Anik F2 & F3
Bell TV 82 & 91   
Starband SES 1, AMC6, G27