SAT Observations 96.11.09

A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East
- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
- Commented from the Middle Eastern perspective.

- Astra, Eutelsat Superbeam and Skandinavian Reports.
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First, I would like to introduce a small, but effective, addition to the
SAT-MIDEAST news releases, something I've always missed in other
As the messages are organized under the satellite name and its position
from East to West on the Clark Belt, I will add in the future the direct
link for this sat to the SATCO-DX charts, which are getting more and
more a world standard. If interested in additional information, no more
searching through bookmark files, home pages and various listings, just
click the URL to the right of the satellites name and the info comes to
your screen.(e.g. SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/)

This gives me also a good opportunity to thank Christian Lyngemark,
Europa Coordinator and Webmaster of SATCO-DX, for the great job he is
doing in making the latest information available, not only to
professional users around the world, but also to many of the interested
DX'r and starters in the Sat-World. A big THANK YOU !

And following the etiquette on the NET: All URL's are provided by
SATCO-DX. Information retracted from the SATCO-DX pages are copyrighted
and for personal, non-commercial use only. Re-print only with the
explicit permission of SATCO DX.

- Links to SATCO-DX
- Future TV & MNE on 1stNet
- Still strange Syria freq
- New logo for NTV (Turkey)
- Arabsat orders new satellite
- Egyptian TV for the USA

PANAMSAT 4, 68.4 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
In the 1stNet package, Future International TV, Lebanon tested yesterday
the uplink to the satellite. Quality of the submitted pictures, most
probably from tape, was not exciting, in comparison to the other digital
txm pictures. Today not available yet.
For the same package M-Net, South-Africa, also started to broadcast, as
the on-screen forecast shows, but unfortunately the scrambled signal
could not be resolved. I guess, I will have to pay the subscription fee
first. ;-)
The 1stNet programming of TNT, the Cartoon Network, MTV and VH-1 is the
European prgramming, as txm from the Astra system, exept for the breaks,
where very often SHOWTIME commercials are shown. The Paramount Channel
and Nickelodeon have regionalized programming, NOT identical to the
European txm.

A complete report on DStv in the Middle East is , as announced, in
progress. Expect it soon.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
Isn't it exciting. Syria TV on C-Band txpr 14, 3.999 GHz, Lc, was
testing again, or is there somebody who can explain this strange txpr
behaviour. During off-programm times, when a test card is shown, the txm
frequency goes up to 4.012 GHz. At the 3.999 GHz frequency only a shadow
of the test card can be seen, a real manual shift to the new frequency
is nescesary, then a clear picture can be received. At programme start
the normal frequencies were used. Are they testing an underlayed digital
txm ?

EUTELSAT II F2, 10 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
NTV (Turkey) on txpr 20U, 11.018 GHz, V, has changed its on-screen logo
from upper left to lower left. Shown is a blue globe with seven thin
horizontal white lines, with to the right, in orange-red capitals, NTV.
It could also be observed that some announcements, on-screen and spoken
are made now, and an attempt to news provision could also be seen. It
seems that this channel will provide full programming in the near

Txpr 27L, 11.138 GHz, V, is more frequently used for SNG txm as before.
On txpr 27U, 11.178 GHz, V, transmits AFN-TV in B-MAC.

INTELSAT 705, 18 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i705.html
As reported on 05/11 Italian transmissions on 10.975 GHz and 11.137 GHz,
V can be recieved now in better quality. This is also the case for the
C-Band txpr 38 on the global beam, with the standard Intelsat
frequencies 4.166 GHz and 4.188 GHz, RC. Both txpr halves can be
received in Cairo, at times, in excellent quality.

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
The NTA txpr 105, 4.065 GHz, Lc, after showing previously Dutch soccer,
with a "Rothmans" logo on screen, had today an American serial running,
with English sound on 6.60 MHz, with in the upper-right corner the
"Cadbury" logo.
- Money makes the world go around - exerpt from Cabaret.

PAS 3R, 43 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Both earlier mentioned txpr signals on frequencies 12.701 GHZ, V and
12.517 GHz, H are switched off.

AMOS 1, 4 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Above txpr 2U, where as reported, data streams are txm, a blank carrier
can be observed on 11.105 GHz, V. No sound carriers.

Following reports are (c) Copyright 1996 by Sat-ND,
and provided for personal information only, by courtesy of Peter C.

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ARABSAT orders BSS satellite
Arabsat, the satellite organisation of the Arab League, has signed a
contract with France's Aérospatiale for the construction of a new Direct
Broadcasting Satellite within two years. The spacecraft called ARABSAT
2-BSS1 will be used for broadcasting digital TV in the BSS band, using a
total of 6,200 Watts of power. It will reportedly be co-located with
ARABSAT 2A (26E) and 2B, which is yet to be launched. The satellite
will have an operational lifetime of 15 years.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html

AlphaStar offers Egyptian programming
Egyptian satellite channels, some of them already known to an European
audience, will soon appear in the USA. AlphaStar Television Network Inc.
announced today that it will begin the launch of its multicultural
programming line-up on November 8th with the introduction of a three
channel package produced by the Egyptian Radio & Television Union in
The direct broadcast service's so-called Arab culture package includes
the Egyptian Satellite Channel, a 24-hour news, information and
entertainment service; Nile Drama, which showcases premier movies and
television serials; and Nile TV, which offers English language
programming, news, entertainment and Egyptian movies with English
subtitles. North American news of particular interest to the Arabic
community will also be covered.
The United States is home to an estimated five million Arabic speaking
individuals. The largest concentrations are in Southern California and
the Detroit metropolitan area, where the communities approximate 450,000
individuals. Satellite television offers the lowest cost method of
delivering culturally unique programming to such a dispersed group,
AlphaStar said in a news release.
But they will have to pay quite a lot of money to receive the three
channels: US$17.99 per month, and AlphaStar called that just an
"introductory rate." On the long run, it may even be cheaper to move to
Europe where ESC and Nile TV are broadcast free-to-air on

EUTELSAT II-F3,16 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html

Best regards,

Henk C. Room

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