SAT Observations 97.04.10
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.04.11 REPORT:
- Kazachstan TV changes
- Intelsat mishab
- Arabesque FTA
- Eutelsat launches
- Bits & Pieces
INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
Kazakh TV has moved from 11.550 GHz, H to 11.602 GHz, H, most probably
now sharing a transponder with Khabar TV on 11.650 GHz, H.
The reception quality of KazakH TV has remained as weak as before, while
the reception quality and signal strength of Khabar TV was drastically
reduced. The reception of both audiocarriers on 7.00 MHz, is very
INTELSAT 801, 47 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
A wrong move by the ground controllers while testing Intelsat 801 on 18
March, threw the spacecraft into an uncontrolled spin and it lost its
ability to point towards the Earth. However, they regained control and
now think that any damage to its solar panels won't affect the
performance at all. The tests of the satellite in orbit are scheduled to
continue until 25 April, whereafter the satellite will be moved to final
position 64 East, where the official start of operations has been set to
May 7th. (Info by the TVRO Source via SATCO-DX)
HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
The Arabesque package on Hot Bird 2 has been available, for the time
being, in the clear. No PID's had to be entered to watch the seven
available channels. (Vasos Vasiliou via SATCO-DX)
On widebeam transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, V, French broadcaster AB-SAT
returned with promotional material for its digital package, with an
audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.
Transponder 53 on 11.785 GHz, H, on the widebeam, has been tested.
Strong carriers could be received at various times during the day.
EUTELSAT II-F2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
The French and Italian service of Bloomberg Information TV on 11.575
GHz, V, has changed its SymbolRate from 8000 to 27500, and added a new
test card on VPID 0550, APID 0528. The other PID's remain the same.
Info kindly submitted by Antwan Spierings
Express 2, 14 West, http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
The test card on 3.975 GHz, Rc, has disappeared early evening, the very
powerfull main carrier however is still receivable, without subcarriers.
INTELSAT 601, 27.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
On 3.650 GHz, Rc, started MCM with some encryption tests during the last
During the daytime is the Free-To-Air reception of the channel in Cairo
excellent with true stereo transmission on wide audio subcarriers at
6.60 and 7.20 MHz.
EUTELSAT upcoming launches
08/07/97 Hot Bird 3 Ariane 4 V099 13 East
xx/10/97 Hot Bird 4 Ariane 4 V102 13 East
10/12/97 W(24) f1 Atlas IIA AC130 10 East
xx/03/98 Hot Bird 5 Ariane 5 V503 13 East
Mid 98 SESAT Proton xxx 48 East
Fall 98 W(24) f2 Ariane 4 Vxxx 16 East
Early 99 W(24) f3 Ariane x Vxxx 07 East
Eutelsat has signed a contract to be the first commercial customer of
the new Ariane 5 rocket, with the launch of Hot Bird 5 early next year.
The second qualification flight of the European Ariane 5 had earlier
been re-scheduled for September/October 1997.
DGITAL/ANALOGUE TV ?
If you really like to read the signs on the wall: here's something
exerpted from the Sat-ND news bulletins, http://www.sat-net.com/pck/ :
Quote: "As expected, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
has not only ruled that analogue TV will be phased out by 2006. (In that
year, broadcasters will be required to return their existing analogue
licenses to the government. They will be used for other purposes which
haven't been defined so far.)" Quote end.
Make up your own mind. The report is in full available from the URL
mentioned above. Take an indepth look for regular, uncommon, interesting
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