SAT Observations 97.02.14

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EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
After the observations of the carrier on 3.985 GHz, Rc, on a, for Cairo
at least, weaker beam, I can report the signal is back in good old
strong fashion.

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
Transponder 12 on 10.968 GHz, H, was again used for feeds after the
tanker fire in the port of Tuzla, near Istanbul.

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Latest NORAD data reports show now the Arabsat 2B on the exact predicted
position of 30.46 East. Last "official" element listings had been around
34 East. The Arabsat 1C hasn't moved from his last weeks 31 East

Beside the still remaining weak transmissions of RTM 1(Marocco) on 3.925
GHz, Rc, plenty of feeds can be reported from this satellite, mostly in
a very good quality. Used frequencies are: tp 7: 3.843 R, tp 9: 3.872 R,
tp 11: 3.925 R, tp 16: 4.064 L, tp 17: 4.085 R. Subcarriers are found on
6.60 MHz, some feeds use additional the 7.20 MHz frequency.

In the early evening a colorbar test card on 3.872 GHz, Rc,  with two
very narrow subcarriers on 6.55 MHz and 6.68 MHz, could be observed. The
transmission went into MPEG2 modus after a while and could not further
be observed by me, due to inferior equipment.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Unconfirmed reports expect two of the Mediaset channels soon to appear,
with analogue transmissions, on transponder 4, 11.283 GHz, H and
transponder 7, 11.345 GHz, H, where the Telepiu digital packages are
supposed to cease on February 15th. These Hot Bird 1 transponders can be
received in large parts of the Middle East.

The remaining Mediaset channels, currently on Intelsat 602, 63 East
(Rete 4, Italia 1, and Canale 5)  will cease shortly; they are presently
in free-to-air MPEG2 receivable from Hot Bird 2, 11.919 Ghz, V, SR
27.500, FEC 3/4.

GORIZONT 26, 11 West, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
In the morning hours, an empty carrier could be observed on 3.810 GHz,
Rc, with on the subcarrier 6.60 MHz, the sound of NTV plus "Mir Kino",
identical 11.919 Ghz, Rc, on GALS 1/2 on 36 East, however not coded.

The Italian and French state broadcasters RAI and France Television are
involved in a project to help the development of the new Palestinian TV
station. After the Peace Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian
authorities in September 1993, several European countries led by Italy
and France promised to help the development of media in the area
controlled by the Palestinian authority.

RAI and France Television have been actively pushing for allowing access
for the Palestinian TV to the Eurovision network and a cooperation
agreement with the satellite channel Euronews is also in the works.
There is a possibility that the Palestinian TV will be involved in the
project of a new multilingual satellite channel for the Mediterranean
which would transmit news and arts programming.

The Palestinian TV network started broadcasting in June 1994 from
Jericho with a small budget. It currently broadcasts 12 hours a day and
covers the whole territory controlled by the Palestinians. More than a
hundred people are employed on the station which, thanks to donations
from Europe and Japan uses modern transmission equipment. 

 Branislav Pekic/SAT-Italy 97.02.14

ATLAS Launch
The Saturdays AC-127 launch of the Atlas IIAS from Cape Canavaral has
only a 10 percent chance to get away, due to weather difficulties. The
launcher is to bring the JCSAT-4 in an geostationary orbit.
Saturday's launch window at Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station is
7:37 to 9:01 p.m. EST (0037-0201 GMT). If the launch will be postponed
for one day than Sunday's launch window will be from 7:37 to 9 p.m. EST
(0037-0200 GMT). 

DR.DISH (Christian Mass)
In various countries satellite reception is forbidden by law. So there
are a lot of inquiries about the installation of hidden antennas from
this countries. Mostly its quite risky to use the public phone.

Therefore, and guaranteed anonymous, Dr.Dish is reachable now by
WebPhone each Saturday from 13:00 to 14:00 h (GMT).

Just open the WebPhone-Directory for the Netherlands and click Dr.Dish.

SAT-MidEast on sat-net.com
The satellites history pages have been updated today, including this

Best regards and a good, relaxing weekend,

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

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