SAT Observations 97.01.31

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- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
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- Khabar TV
- Filmnet Hellas on HB2
- Multichoice Africa Promo started
- Bits & Pieces

ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.html
Here are the parameters for reception of SCPC channels from China :

Henan TV :		3.706 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Qinghai TV :	3.713 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Fujian TV :		3.720 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Jiangxi TV :	3.727 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Lianonig TV :	3.734 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Mongolia TV :	3.830 H S/R: 8.398 FEC : 3/4 (2 channels same logo)
Guangdong TV1 : 3.840 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Hunan TV1 : 	3.847 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4
Hubei TV :  	3.854 H S/R: 4.418 FEC : 3/4

These data has been submitted by Ghassan Tabet, Lebanon.

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
The programming preview channel 19 of the Showtime DStv package has been
switched off since 30/12/97. It is not known if this is a temporary
measure due to equipment failure or if the channel has ceased.

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
The new Kasach broadcasts of Khabar TV, on frequency 11.650 GHz, Rc, are
most probably of commercial nature, owned by a banking consortium.
Frequently inserts from several banks are shown, also semi-redaktional
information, related to the banking trade, is shown.

Al weather forcasts are underlayed with a logo of the Kazkommertsbank,
in the afternoon sometimes this logo is even used as a test card, in
alternation to the colorbar testcard. The well known Russian test card,
also seen on Kazakh TV, 11.550 GHz, Rc, is never seen on the Khabar TV

The present advertising space is mostly used for Johnson & Johnson
products, in several variations. The previous seen MPEG2 announcements
could not be observed today.

GORIZONT 31, 40 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g31.html
On the NVS transponder 11, 3.925 GHz, Rc, an extensive commercial
broadcast could be observed with a station logo of three moving circles
in the Russian colours White, Blue and Red, in the lower right corner of
the screen.

GALS 1/2, 36 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/gals1.html
Nagravision/Syster coding on the four NTV plus transponder should be
expected from February 1st, as Sergey Kolosha reports from Russia.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
Canal plus Polska has officially ceased on 30/01/97 on transponder 38,
11.617 GHz, V, however does still transmit the programming during
evening prime time.
At daytime a testcard is presented, announcing the change to Hot Bird 1,
transponder 15, 11.516 GHz, H, with sound carriers on 6.60 and 7.02/7.20

EUTELSAT II-f1, 13 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f1.html
Yesterday evening at 00:05 had Euronews on transponder 37, 11.575 Ghz,
V, a sudden total loss of signal, for quite a while. Only in the morning
I saw the restored transmission.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
RTL 7 can frequently be observed transmitting a movie using two channel
sound; Polish on 7.02 MHz, the original language (in yesterdays case
English) on 7.20 MHz.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Ghassan Tabet from Lebanon submitted following reports:

Filmnet Hellas has started transmissions on transponder 55, 11.823 GHz,
H, widebeam. The reception data are: Symbolrate 25384, FEC 3/4,  but no
reception is possible by "normal" means. 

The D-box will overwrite Mediaset package and display "NO TS" and the
Pace 500 will not lock to the signal. In the D-box, the hidden menu
(radio 99 radio) must be accessed. In menu item 8 (receiver setup) set
the parameter: Freq : 2073 (for 9.750 LOF) or 1223 (for 10.600 LOF),
then Rate 25, OK, 384, OK, then FEC 4 (=3/4). Then save parameters, OK.
Filmnet comes with supersport Hellas (same program on two channels) and
four test cards (red green blue and random dots test card)

Comment Sat-MidEast: The PANASAT 520 was able to lock on to the signal
tonight, however only with frequency 11.822 GHz, H, SR 25834, FEC 3/4.
The carrier name was determined as: "SyNed", but no active channels
could be found at the time.

AB-SAT will cease its analog promotional channel on Hot Bird 2 by
February 4th. (Source: Eutelsat web site)

ART digital package will start on Saturday, February 1st. on transponder
65, 12.015 GHz, H, widebeam, using following transmission data:
Symbolrate 27500, FEC 3/4). The package will include : LBC SAT, ART
Europe, ART 5 and 4 other channels.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
The transmission on transponder 39, 11.659 GHz, H, with the dia of RTP
Internacional, anouncing the change to the Hot Bird 2, is daily slightly
reduced in power. Still no announcement on a possible new user of this
transponder could be determined.

INTELSAT 601. 27.5 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
At midnight 01/02/97 started on frequency 3.749 GHz, Lc, the Multichoice
Africa Promotional Channel, with a sound carrier on 6.60 MHz.
The sound however does not correspond to the displayed picture, it is
still the taped M-Net promo music for their new Radio Station,
previously used during the announcment dia.

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Frequencies on 12.590 V, 12.699 V and 12.701 GHz, H, are regular used
for feeds from all over the globe. Used sound carriers are on 6.20,
6.60, 6.80, 7.02, and  7.20 MHz.

Best regards,

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

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