PLS - Physical Layer Scrambling

January 25, 2016.

Physical Layer Scrambling or PLS is used in DVB-S2 as a way to improve data integrity. A number called the "scrambling sequence index" is used by the modulator as a master key to generate the uplink signal. This same number must be known by the receiver so that demodulation is possible.

Most satellite transponders use PLS 0 as a default value but there are some transponders that use other values.

Unidentified DVB-S2 satellite transponder
Unidentified DVB-S2 satellite transponder
 
 
We press F2 and enter the corresponding PLS sequence number
We press F2 and enter the corresponding PLS sequence number

HD RANGER UltraLite field strength meters are compatible with this type of signals. The PLS sequence number can be entered under F2 as shown in the above right picture.

After entering the PLS sequence number, the satellite transponder has been locked
After entering the PLS sequence number, the satellite transponder has been locked
Now the instrument is able to decode
Now the instrument is able to decode the picture and audio