SAT Observations 97.04.23

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- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
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- Intelsat 801
- Astra News (give me a break)
- Hr.Dir.Dr.Dish
- Bits & Pieces

From 22/06/97 evening several Turkish Broadcaster on various satellites,
are carrying the state colours with a picture of the founder of modern
Turkey "Ataturk".

EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
All Russian channels, TV6, AST and TV3 on resp. 3.875, 4.025 and 4.125
GHz, Rc, were today receivable in good quality.

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
Indian broadcaster ATN on 4.185 GHz, Rc lowered its transmitted power in
dB on audio subcarrier 7.74 MHz, which hardly can be recognized at
present time. The other used frequency on 7.56 MHz is not affected.

INTELSAT 602, 47 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i602.html
Italian analogue feeds in PAL, can be regularely observed on transponder
68A, 11.515 GHz, H, with an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.

INTELSAT 801, 47 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
The Intelsat 801 is finalized, elegedly, testing and will start over the
weekend the journey to it's final orbital position on 64 East, where
operational mode will start on May 7th.

From December 1997, a "French bouquet" will be located on this new
satellite.  With this MPEG-2 package, a direct reception on the Réunion
Islands in the Indian Ocean is anticipated, with dishes less than 150
centimeter in diameter.
Information kindly supplied by Dr. Dish, Netherland.

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
The second week of broadcasting started today for the BAZTAB,
Entertainment TV transmissions, targetted at Iranien viewers.
The channel is available from Wednesday to Sunday from 18:45 to 20:00
CEST or 21:15 to 22:30 Iranian time.

Reception quality on transponder 17, 4.085 GHz, Rc, was excellent with
an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz. Some heavy noise in the sound could be
observed during high saturated colors (of course the reds especially),
but this could be blamed on the NTSC-PAL conversion, somewhere on it's
way via Orion 1, from California, USA.

ASTRA 1F/2A, 28.2 East, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
The process of hitching up Astra 2A has been delayed - the satellite is
having trouble with its XIPS (Xenon Ion Propulsion Systems).
Thus, Astra 1F will be moved to 28.2 East to compensate, so that BSkyB's
digital package can be launched on time, in about six month or so.
This will take effect upon the activation of Astra 1G, which will back
up Astra 1E and replace Astra 1F until Astra 2A is ready. By this time,
Astra 2B and Astra 1H should also be ready for launch. Confused ?

SME Prayer: Please give me one time an Arabsat message like this one...

Thanks to SAT-UK, Dominic Sedghi <dominic@bigrp.demon.co.uk>

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Only being absent for a day, AB-SAT on transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, V, on
the widebeam, returned with the usual promotional transmissions.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
Transponder 111X-A , 10.986 GHz, V, has reduced its transmitted signal
power, when active. At times no carrier is transmitted. The EMEQ test
card can only be received with 10 % sparkies.
Transmissions of Israel 2nd channel on transponder 111X-B, 11.015 GHz,
V, have remained untouched.

SME comment: I would advise to expect a ceasure of Channel 2 on April
30th, midnight, on the Intelsat 707. The lease off the transponder will
most probably be ending by that date.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
During checking through the various transponder using vertical
polarization, I found out that the signal power of transponder 5
(Testcard & Israel Channel 2) is much lower then IBA transmissions of
Channel 1 & 3 on transponder 1.

The subjective signal strenght figures are:

	tp 1L	IBA 1	131
	tp 1U	IBA 3	128
	tp 5L	Test	066
	tp 5U	Chn 2	078
SME comment: Most probably the reason is an obvious one: reduction of
footprint for copyright and ownership reasons for the commercial users
of Channel 2.	

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
During last nights crisis around the Japanese embassy in Lima, Peru,
various NTSC feeds were reporting on this satellite, notably 12.701 GHz,
H, "ABC-News" in English and 12.699 GHz, "24-HORAS" in Spanish. Last
mentioned used audio subcarriers on 6.20 and 6.80 MHz, whereby ABC had
an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.

Today, late afternoon, an Atlanta feed from "VYVX" could be seen on
12.699 GHz, using the same audio carriers as mentioned above.

DrDish@TV is per immidiate effect produced by the newly founded Dr.Dish
TV-Produktionsgesellschaft mbH.
The 3-hour satellite transmission, from DFS-II auf 28.5 East, for all
satellite fans and fanatics, filled with exquisite technical
information, every second Friday evening of the month, can unfortunately
still not be seen in the Middle East, but has reached already more than
100.000 committed viewers on the European continent.

The reason for the change is obvious: as the present airtime and
production efforts are constantly increased, the time has come to
introduce something to Dr.Dish@TV, well known to the public: the
commercial break: time where themed products get introduced to their

In order to be increasingly active in the Free-To-Air satellite TV
promotion, Dr.Dish@TV has to accept this small compremise, which
however, in no way, will effect the independance of the redactional

In order to make Dr.Dish@TV also receivable the Arabic world, for only
three hours per month, I call upon the Arabsat Organization (or any of
its representatives) to honour Dr.Dishes great efforts and grant
Dr.Dish@TV these 3 hours FREE airtime on one of the hi-power C-Band
transponder on the Arabsat 2B located on 30.5 East. As they say in a
well known commercial: Just DO It !

You can contact DrDish@tv on TEL: +49(0)1715151551 or FAX:
+31(0)45-5273615, e-mail: drdish@sat-net.com or just simply the Post:
drdish@tv, P.O. Box 1153, D-52532 Gangelt, Germany

Dr.Dish@TV is presently sponsored by TELE-Satellit International and the

Best regards from a very, very hot town (32C at night, 44C at daytime),

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