SAT Observations 97.01.20

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

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- Russian Black Day
- Algeria replaced ART
- Jordan on Arabsat 2A
- Bits & Pieces

A black day for Russian satellite up-links. Almost every visible Russian
satellite channel has been involved, one way or the other, in this
massive blow.

Here details:

EXPRESS 6, 80 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
TB6 and ACT early morning in regular quality. Frequency 4.125 GHz, TB3,
switched off. Later in the day an empty carrier appeared, programming is
untill 20:00 CET not restored. TB6 lost about 50% of his signal level
during the afternoon, and is only visible sparkled with very low
treshold. Ku-transponder on 11.525 GHZ, Rc, without sign of life.

Comment: most probably the beam has been re-directed to cover other

GORIZONT 32, 53 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g32.html
Early morning: no sign of ORT1 on 3.675 GHz, Rc. STS on 11.525 GHz, Rc
available. ORT 1 returned at about 11:00 CET, with an on-screen
technical notice in Kyrillic and English: "The 800 Hz signal -30dB for
the level diagrams is on". Later programm up-link was restored.

GORIZONT 22, 40 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g22.html
Early morning: no sign from neither RTR on 3.675 GHz, Rc nor NVS on
3.925 GHz, Rc. 3.675 was totally switched off, 3.925 showing an empty
carrier. A carrier could be found on 3.675 from 11:00 CET, an hour later
a colorbar testcard with the RTR logo was available, on 3.925 only a B&W
test card.

GORIZONT 26, 11 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g26.html
Early morning: no sign of ORT 1 on 3.675 GHZ, Rc. VRT on 3.725 GHz, Rc, 
shows only an empty carrier. At 13:00 CET a B&W test card is available.
Later in the day both services are restored.

EXPRESS 2, 14 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
RTP International & NTV are available early morning. ORT 1 frequency on
4.125 GHz, Rc, shows the Russian testcard. Later in the day programming
was restored.

Now to some other news:

ARABSAT 1C, 31.5 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a1c.html
RTM 1, Marocco, on 4.008 GHz, Rc, had also some difficulties with the
synchronization of an live up-link.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
With a two days delay Jordanian TV appeared on Ku-transponder 4, 12.578
GHZ, V. A sound carrier is available on 6.60 MHz. Transmissions on
Arabsat 1C will continue for the time being.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
As expected, but with a little delay, Algerian TV replaced ART Europe on
transponder 26B, 11.095 GHz, V. A sound carrier for t=TV is available on
6.60 MHz. Algeria Radio 1 is on 7.02 MHz, Algeria Radio 2 on 7.20 MHz,
La Chaine 3 on 7.38 Mhz and Radio Algerienne Culture on 7.56 Mhz.

The observed transmissions showed in the morning and afternoon no
variance with the, in the Middle East well known, RTA Algerian TV
broadcasts from Intelsat 601, 27.5 West on 4.003 GHz, Rc. If this stays
so during the evening or after the Holy Month of Ramadan, is not known
by me.

ART Europe is available from Hot Bird 2, transponder 65, 12.015 GHz, H,
at least until they start their announced MPEG2 package, using this

Transponder 34B, 11.678 GHz, H, is showing a test card after the switch.
This transponder half is leased by DirecPC, which already uses the other
half 34A, 11.638 GHz, H.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
A week delayed, but RTP International ceased transmissions today from
transponder 39, 11.659 GHz, V. Reception is still possible via Hot Bird
2, transponder 50, 11.727 Ghz, V, including all eight radio frequencies.

The transponder was switched off. Speculations about a start of RIK
Nicosia on this transponder can not be confirmed at this time.

AMOS 1, 4 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
The line up of Amos seems to be quite stable at the moment; transponder
1L, 10.968 GHz, V, Jerusalem feeds (and in the evening programming) of
IBA channel 1. Transponder 1U, 11.005 GHz, V, IBA channel 3. Feeds can
be observed from on following frequencies (all vertical polarized):
11.159, 11.468, 11.510, 11.552, 11.596. Data transmission still on
transponder 2U, 11.105 GHz, V.

Transponder 1L, 10.968 GHz, V, is at times used for test, transmission
of serials and films etc. in the morning hours.

Best regards,

Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt

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