We have several of the DQT1000 transcoders and we need the MPEG program number of each off air channel to have our set top boxes programmed. Is this number the same as the digital channel number?

The digital channel numbers are not necessarily the same as the MPEG program numbers. The MPEG program numbers are the numbers that are displayed on the DQT1000 front panel as it is reading the tables and building the new output tables for the multiplex. Usually this goes by so fast that you can’t really see anything. The DQT1000 has a unique feature that will allow you to see the MPEG program numbers as the unit is reading the tables and building the new output tables for the multiplex. The DQT860 also has this feature if the software is version 1.1 or higher.

Since your units have been installed and are up and running, go into the program mode by pressing the ENTER button until display starts to flash. Once the display starts to flash, exit the program mode by pressing and holding the ENTER button depressed. Normally you press the ENTER button momentarily to exit the program mode — to see the MPEG program numbers as you exit the program mode, you must press and hold the ENTER button depressed. While the unit is reading and building the new tables, it will pause for approximately 1 second on each table to allow reading of the program number. Once read, release the ENTER button and the DQT1000 should return to normal operation.

NOTE: The MPEG number read for Demod B will NOT include the mux offset amount you entered during set-up, you must add the mux offset number to this reading.

NOTE: If you are NOT using the DQT1000 in multiplex mode, with the optional 2nd Demod kit or factory installed dual demodulators, the above will NOT apply as no tables are being generated and nothing will be displayed.

NOTE: You can also get the numbers using the PC Headend Control Program and using the “Read Table” button to read the PAT Table. All of the MPEG program numbers are contained in this table. And this does provide a way to get the numbers even when in the non-multiplex mode.