SAT Observations 97.03.23

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- BBC on Showtime
- PAS 7 delayed
- Intelsat infos
- Bits & Pieces

Due to an mail & internet server problem, the last submitted SAT-MidEast
report was dated 97.03.20. Some news is delayed submitted and
unfortunately a few  submitted e-mails have apparantly gone lost.

Express 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
Still only TV6 and AST receivable on the known frequencies. A anonymous
Russian source reported that the sudden loss of signal on 14 March was
due to the failure of one single transponder, causing the whole
satellite system to overheat. The control center, below on earth, was
thereafter forced to switch some transponder off, in order to prevend
damages to the remaining working transponder. No confirmation of this
report could yet be found... Anyone any comments?

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
BBC World will shortly be added to the SHOWTIME DStv line-up and
Bloomberg Information Television  will possibly share channel 18 with a,
not further named, Sports Information Channel.
Info kindly supplied by Phillip Poole, originated from Showtime, Dubai.

SME Comment: BBC World ??? BBC Prime would be a colourfull addition and 
a better fit into the SHOWTIME line-up. I personally expect BBC World as
well as WorldNet, CFI and DW-TV to be standing firm, as knights in
shining armour, in a fight for worldwide, and free-to-air broadcasting.

The "ON-TV" Channel Listings shows, in less than three days after a
SAT-MidEast remark had been made, the name of the forecast day and a
reference to the time used, in this case KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
Well done, Curtis!

The Rugby Worldcup series transmissions continue on 4.040 GHz, H, for
ITV, with audio subcarriers on 6.60 and 7.20 MHz.
(More rugby can be seen on Intelsat 705, 18 West, 4.166 GHz, Rc)

PANAMSAT 7, to be launched, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
PANAMSAT announced recently that they expect their satellite Panamsat 7
to be completed in December, ready for a launch in the first quarter of
It was originally scheduled for a launch late 1997. The Panamsat 7 will
be co-located with Panamsat 4 on 68.5 East.
Info kindly supplied by TVRO source via SATCO-DX.

INTELSAT 805, to be launched, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
Intelsat 805 will be positioned at 33 East, carrying following payload:
18 tp C -band 36MHz
02 tp C -band 41MHz
08 tp C -band 72MHz
02 tp Ku-band 72MHz (12GHz, spotbeam India)
01 tp Ku-Band 77MHz (12GHz, spotbeam India)

Intelsat launch info kindly supplied by M.Engelbert,
via SATCO-DX, source: Intelsat

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Beside the usual transmissions of RTM 1 Maroc on transponder 11, 3.920
GHz, Rc and Mauretania TV on transponder 9, 3.875 GHz, Rc, can regular
feeds be observed from transponder 13L, 13U, 15, 16, 17, on resp. 3.966
Rc, 3.996 Rc, 4.044 Rc, 4.064 Lc, and 4.085 GHz, Rc.
The observed quality is most of the times good to excellent. Audio
subcarriers are mostly located on 6.60 MHz.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
Viewers in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia are quite worried about the loss of the
Israeli channels IBA 1 and IBA 3, which provided excellent free-to-air
analogue information to the Kingdom. Very soon the loss of the last
Israeli channels from Intelsat 707 is due: Commercial Channel 2 is due
to cease all broadcasts on this satellite, latest April.
All three channels are further provided from Amos 1, but the footprint
of this first, Israeli owned, satellite, does not allow for a good
reception in the Saudi Capital.
Information used kindly supplied by Phillip Poole & Avry Ninio

Transponder 111X-A 10.967 GHz, V, was all day without testcard,
transponder 73A, 11.136 GHz, V, was used for an IBA feed for a childrens
costume party during Purim.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
The official start of the Israeli Broadcast of Channel 2 is Monday,
March 24. Transmissions have already started a few days ahead, in order
to cover the "Purim" festivities. Just for curiosity: Israel has already
shifted to summertime, in the night from 20 to 21 March, one hour ahead
of CAT.
Information kindly supplied by Avry Ninio, Israel

Feeds could be observed on transponder 2L, 11.052 GHz, V, the AMOS test
card on transponder 5L, 11.552 GHz, V, is at times not carried.

EXPRESS 2, 14 West, http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
Anybody who knows the origin or purpose of the strong signal on 3.975
GHz, Rc ? Who is there transmitting, it doesn't look like a data or
telephone carrier ?

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
NTA Nigeria on 4.065 GHz, Lc, can hardly be received lately in Cairo. It
seems that transponder power has been reduced through the addition of
another signal, on the same carrier.

INTELSAT 705, 18 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i705.html
Rugby feeds from the Worldcup Series can be found, at various times
during the day, on 4.166 GHz, Rc.

Today in the afternoon ABC transmitted from Jerusalem two different
feeds, via one transponder, with different test cards. On 4.166 Ghz, RC,
in PAL, on 4.188 GHz, Rc, in NTSC.

INTELSAT 806, to be launched, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
Intelsat 806 will be located at 40.5 West, carrying following payload:
16 tp C -band 36MHz
02 tp C -band 34MHz
02 tp C -band 41MHz
08 tp C -band 72MHz
02 tp Ku-band 72MHz (11GHz, spotbeam on coast of Brasil)
01 tp Ku-band 77MHz (11GHz, spotbeam on coast of Brasil)

Intelsat launch info kindly supplied by M.Engelbert,
via SATCO-DX, source: Intelsat

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Regular test cards in PAL on 12.699 GHz, V, and in NTSC on 12.701 GHz,
H. At various timed daily can feeds be observed on these transponder.

Best regards,

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

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