SAT Observations 97.03.01

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- Intelsat 801 goes 64 E
- MCM still free
- Turksat 1C Question 
- Bits & Pieces

INTELSAT 801, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html 
Arianspace launched in the early hours of March 1st the first of
Intelsat's new series. (The official launchdate will however be February
28th, as per local Kourou time: 20:08). The Intelsat 801 will be
positioned on 64 East over the Indian Ocean.

Christian Lyngemark reports: the Intelsat 704 will remain on the 66 East
position, the Intelsat 602 will be moved by one degree to 62 East.

The four Intelsats 604, 602, 801, and 704 will then be operated with a
distance between satellites of 2 degrees only.

The 66 East position is a quite difficult position for C-Band
transmissions due to the nearby, also only 2.5 degrees distance, very
powerful Panamsat 4 and the future Panamsat 7.

Intelsat VIII and VIIIA series info:

Intelsat VIII and VIIIA footprints (for 64 East, 40.5 West, and 21.3
Last night's succesful Arianespace mission was the 94th Ariane launch,
the 65th Ariane 4 and the 6th flight of the Ariane 44P version.

Turksat 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
Turksat astounishes us all, especially the ones using bigger dishes,
with unpredictable reception quality. Since yesterday I receive the
Turkeybeam and Europebeam, during daytime, with almost perfect pictures
and sound. Quite different from the usual reception quality, or in the
evening, where at times the Euro-beam cannot be resolved at all and the
Turkey beam is sparky.

Is there anybody out there who has identical experiences ? I know that
in  Sweden similar effects have been observed, this time I'm more
interested in reception results from the Middle East.

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Again mixed results from the transponders on this satellite. During the
afternoon a soccer match was transmitted, as a feed, on transponder 13,
3.978 GHz, Rc, with low signal levels and sparky picture.
It was re-transmitted on transponder 15 (RTM-1, Marocco) with high
signal levels and was excellent viewable on 3.920 GHz, Rc.

Transponder 15 was used today for various feeds, but always very strong
and clear on 4.044 GHz, Rc.Reception also very good in northern Europe.
Mauretania, which is still daily available on transponder 9, 3.878 GHz,
Rcwas slightly better today, but still poor.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
Jordan TV on Ku-band transponder 4, 12.578 GHz, V, had in the afternoon
a disruption in up-link which resulted in very low signal levels and
very poor reception. Reason is unknown yet.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
The, one hour daily, transmissions of NTV on transponder 37, 11.575 GHz,
V, have ceased.  SATCO-DX 28/02/97 with gratuide to Sadbugger.

Transponder 38, 11.617 GHz, V, will be used, from the end of March, by
TV Slovenia for PAL transmissions, in the clear, with a mixture of the
two terrestrial channels.   SATCO-DX 28/02/97
SME: This transponder was on the widebeam while in use by Canal+ Polska,
it is expected to remain the same.
HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Transponder 5, 11.307 GHz, H, MCM still in the clear. But don't worry,
my prediction is that latest tommorow night you will have seen the last
analogue sightings of MCM on this transponder.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Transponder 39, 11.659 GHz, V, has been used for the transmission from
Trondheim, Norway of a Telenor feed. Original sound on subcarrier 6.60

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
Transponder 20B was in the clear (no SIS) with transmissions for Germany
"das Erste" via MDR from Trondheim, Norway. German commentaries on
subcarrier 6.60 MHz, original stadium sounds on 7.20 MHz.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
The ceased Israeli channels IBA 1 and IBA 3 did not re-appaear on this
satellite. Both are further receivable from Amos 1 on 4 West.

INTELSAT 603, 34.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i603.html
A feed with Cuban President Fidel Castro in very good quality from 4.166
GHz. Rc, in NTSC.

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Presently only frequency 12.699 Ghz, V shows a test card. (Panamsat
color bars). The number of observed feeds was sharply reduced during the
last week.

Best regards,

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

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