SAT Observations 97.04.25

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- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
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- Rumours,
- Facts and
- Lots of 
- Bits & Pieces

There is a rumour that ESPN Asia on Panamsat 4, located at 68.5 degrees
is going to be Free-To-Air from May 1st. Who knows the cory details...?
Name and Address known to SME.

Yesterday, I saw on SAT-1 Teletext on page 515 a brief statement that
Discovery Channel will appear soon in analogue clear at 13 degrees East
on the Eutelsat satellites. Who is aware of the facts...?
Name and Address known to SME.

Egypt switched to the summertime in the night from Thursday to Friday,
the clock was put one hour ahead. The difference with CEST is now again
one hour, and three hours ahead of GMT.

Programmers of channel time-tables and inerts, take notice !
This weekend there will be a forced break in the transmission of
reports, due to the nescessary installation of an improved version of
the automated mail-list-server "majordomo". Regular reports will appear
in your mailbox again early next week, without your interaction.

E-mail to my address can be forwarded as usual, without any

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
Today, for the first time since a couple of weeks, are the NTSC
transmissions of NHK, Tokyo on 12.605 GHz, V, sparklie free, and the
signal strenght meter gives me a [subjective but] healthy reading.
A reason for this, timely restricted, interuption could not yet be

Transmissions for SAT-7 on this satellite continued also this week.
The uplink, targetted to the Saudi Arabia viewers, as the Arabic
commentator acknowledged, is performed by MAXAT Teleport in London (LITN
V17). Downlink frequency, as per on-screen notices, from transponder
11c, 4.034 GHz, H. Transmission time from 13:30-15:30 CEST or
14:30-16:30 KSA.

At the same time, the identical prgramming, a movie about the life and
resurection of Jesus of Nazareth, could be seen on Eutelsat II-f3, 16
East, on 11.575 GHz, V, followed by a religious transmission of the
Miracle Channel.

SME Note: Please be remembered that this is the Coptic Easter Weekend...

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
The Miracle Channel also yesterday and today in the afternoon from 16:00
CEST on 11.575 GHz, V, with audio subcarriers on 6.60 and 7.20 MHz.

SAT-7 had a religious broadcast today from 13:30-15:30 CEST
simultaniously on PAS-4, 4.43 GHz, H and Eutelsat II-f3, 11.575 GHz, V.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
AB-Sat's transmissions on transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, H, were interupted
for quite some time yesterday evening and allmost all of today.
Only a rest bitmap stayed visible as a standing distorted picture.

AB Sat promo has therefore started, a few days ago, on Eutelsat II-f1,
13 East, 11.638 GHz, H, PAL, using the lower half of transponder 34 in
superbeam mode. (Not receivable in the Middle East)

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
PolSat 2 on transponder 7, 11.345 GHz, H, will start regular programming
on 28 April. (Info kindly submitted by Z.Kunecki via SATCO-DX)

SME Comment: If the programm content should appear as earlier announced,
a drastic change could be expected towards more international and Polish
music videos. 

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Transponder 22, 11.163 Ghz, H, had a live feed on 23/04/97 from
Santiago, Chile, from 17:30 CEST, for SUNERGY 26. An announcement dia
with a backwards counting clock was presented  prior to the

TV Slovenia plans to begin broadcasting on transponder 33, 11.596 GHz,
H, Widebeam, PAL/Videocrypt before 3 June.
(Info from Y.Pechurkin via SATCO-DX, source: webmaster@rtvslo.si)

SME comment: Unclear is still where then the present user of this
transponder, Greek broadcaster ERT/ET-1 will remain, prior to the launch
of HOT BIRD 3.

Religious broadcaster NAK (Neue Apostolische Kirche) is on 11.163 GHz,
H, PAL, on Sundays from 10:00-12:00 CEST, using several different audio
subcarriers for the various transmitted language options.
(Information kindly supplied by Richard Eckendorff via SATCO-DX)

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
Transponder 27B had an early transmission already at 7:30 CEST: a
folkloric feed for TV Polonia, Free-To-Air, no Sound in Sync, and used
audiocarriers could be found on 6.60 and 7.20 Mhz. The producer was
"Kawa XYZ Herbata".

Also Free-To-Air, transmissions for RAI Uno from the IMOLA Formula 1
circuit, at 8:00 CEST, with an audio subcarier on 6.60 MHz.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
Transponder 111X-A was without carrier yesterday morning; during that
afternoon and evening a "J.C.S-O B-01" sport feed could be observed from
10.967 GHz, V. Sound as usual on an audio subcarrier on 6.60 Mhz.

NILESAT, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
Philips DVS will deliver a complete digital video compression and
satellite uplink system for NileSat, which is expected to begin
broadcasts to Northern Africa and the Middle East in early November from
its position at 7 degrees
West. (SME comment: do expect delays until February 1998)

NileSat, a consortium of Egyptian companies, provides services to the
Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU).

The system will initially provide 42 video services transmitted over six
transponders. It may later extended to all 12 Ku-band transponders.

SME Note: Expected is an EIRP of 47.3 dbW to 53 dbW in the beamcenter
using downlink frequencies in the DBS Band from 11.700 to 12.500 GHz, on
linear polarized, 33 MHz wide transponder.

The NileSat system will also use DVB Subtitling. The subtitles are
converted to bitmaps at the uplink site and are transmitted with the
video stream. The receiver then outputs the bitmaps as graphics on the
TV set, enabling subtitles in any language and styling. Multiple
subtitle streams can accompany a video service, with the viewer making
the language selection via the remote control.
Info kindly submitted by  1997 SAT-NA

Further detailed information on the Nilesat System, including a foot
print map,  can be obtained from the SAT-MidEast www.site:
GORIZONT 26, 11 West, http://www.satcodx.com/g26.html
On the, ever more inclined, satellite, was again NTV plus channel "MIR
KINO" transmitted yesterday afternoon, Free-To-Air, on 3.815 GHz, Rc,
with an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.

EXPRESS 2, 14 West, http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
The test card on 3.975 GHz, Rc, ceased yesterday, a strong main carrier

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
MCM Africa, in its transmision on C-Band 3.650 GHz, Rc, "warns" viewers
in a on-screen running text that the channel will be "ENCRYPTED in
DIGITAL" soon, whatever that may mean.

As far as I am concerned is a change to digital only a change in ways of
transmission; encryption therefore is for me a signal, coded in any
form, with the need of a proprietary decoder.

Are they finally starting the French "601 Club" package ?

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
FOr the second time regular transmissions of Talk- and Game shows from
VIVO 1, a channel of the  PANTEL (PANAMERICAN TELEVISION) programming
could be followed live for quite a while, on 12.701 GHz, H, with an
audio carrier on 6.60 MHz.

I like to wish all Coptic readers an energizing Easterweekend, the
Arabic Copts especially a happy "SHAM EL NESSIM" on Monday April 28th.

Best regards,

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