Satellite Parameters

3ABN broadcasts on the Optus D2 satellite for Australia and New Zealand, with some of the foot print covering Papua New Guinea. 3ABN International, 3ABN Radio, and 3ABN Australia Radio are on this satellite. If you wish to have access to our other networks, please see our page about how to get 3ABN for other methods.

Optus D2 Parameters

The parameters for tuning into 3ABN’s broadcasts on the Optus D2 satellite are listed below.

  • Position: 152° East
  • Transponder: 14U (Ku band)
  • Frequency: 12,608 MHz
  • Polarity: Horizontal
  • Symbol Rate: 22,500
  • F.E.C.: 3/4

3ABN International is broadcast in widescreen (16:9) standard definition using the MPEG-2 codec.

Please note: Services on Optus D2 will cease to be available in 2023 due to the retirement of that satellite. We recommend that viewers switch to VAST (Australia only) or Internet-based means of accessing 3ABN International. If you would like more information, please contact us.

VAST (via Optus Aurora Digital)

3ABN International is available on VAST channel 603 and does not require tuning as the VAST-compliant set-top boxes/TVs do that automatically. If you have purchased a VAST-compliant device and wish to point your dish to the correct location, you will need to point it at the Optus 10 satellite, located at 156° East.

Dish Pointing

To find the general direction to point your dish, we recommend that you visit the Satellite Finder / Dish Alignment Calculator website. Here you enter your location and the satellite that you wish to use, and it will provide the elevation (angle above the ground) and azimuth (compass bearing). You can move the pin on the map to the exact location that you wish to install the dish.

Below are various approximations for locations around Australia and New Zealand for pointing to the Optus D2 satellite.

Location Elevation° Compass Bearing° (Azimuth)
Adelaide, SA 47 23
Alice Springs, NT 56 39
Auckland, NNZ 41 326
Brisbane, Qld 58 357
Broken Hill, NSW 50 20
Christchurch, SNZ 36 332
Darwin, NT 60 62
Devonport, Tas 42 0
Geraldton, WA 36 58
Hobart, Tas 41 7
Invercargill, SNZ 35 343
Kalgoorlie, WA 40 49
Karratha, WA 43 62
Melbourne, Vic 46 11
Mt Isa, Qld 62 34
Napier, NNZ 37 323
Perth, WA 36 53
Sydney, NSW 51 1
Townsville, Qld 66 17
Wellington, NNZ 37 328