SAT Observations 97.05.10

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- Lybian Fever
- Bits & Pieces
- SAT MidEast Intern

Due to Moamar Ghaddafi's visit to the Sahel zone, a Lybian fever has
broken out. PR-TV Lybia transmissions and feeds could be seen, yesterday
in the afternoon, on various Intelsats on 1 W, 18 W, 24 W, 27 W, 57 E,
63 E, and possibly some more out of my sight...

PANAMSAT 2, 169 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas2.html
Not receivable in the Middle East, but just for curiosity: ART Australia
is again receivable on C-Band 4.153 GHz, H, in MPEG-2/PowerVu.
(Info kindly submitted by J.Lynam via SATCO-DX)

INTELSAT 602, 63 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i602.html
On transponder 69A, 11.515 GHz, H, was tonight a Syster coded Italian
sport feed observed, most probably a boxing match, with an audio
subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
CNBC Asia is receivable on 3.857 GHz, Lc, SR: 6000, FEC: 2/3, VPID: 0121
(reg2) APID: 0122 (reg3) SPID: 0123 (reg4). Be sure to setup (Sync) reg4
to 0123 or no video will be visible.

The reception in Lebanon with an 180 cm dish is good. The displayed
Error Rate is > 65. CNBC Asia is not identical to CNBC Europe and
dedicated to Asian viewers.
(Info kindly submitted by Ghassan Tabet)

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
Transponder 12, 10.968 GHz, H, was used for a TRT feed in the afternoon,
having an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.

TURKSAT 1B, 31 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1b.html
TRT International has repeatingly been seen briefly in PAL on the Europa
spotbeam, on transponder 5, 11.012 GHz, V.

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
PR-TV Lybia on 4.167 GHz, Rc, was on May 9th without a carrier in the
morninghours, but appeared later with the identical programming and
feeds as seen on all known Lybian frequencies.

Today the same Lybian test card as used on Arabsat 2A, transponder 10,
12.700 GHz, V, and, lately, Eutelsat II-F3, transponder 38, 11.617 GHz,
V, was displayed.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
PR-TV Lybia used for feeds, temporarily, the ART Ku-band transponder 11,
on 12.724 GHz, H with an audio subcarrier on 6.60.
At 17:30 CEST only an empty carrier left, with heavily distorted audio.

Remember the Lybian test card on Arabsat 2B, transponder 5, 12.620 GHz,
H, for one day on May 5th (it was actually the first test card on an
Arabsat 2B Ku-band transponder).
Transmission results must have been unsatisfactory or unsuitable for the
specific needs, and therefore the Arabsat 2A was used today for the
imminent Ghaddafi hate and horror speeches in the Sahel zone.

Transmissions of Future TV on 3.863 GHz, Lc, have been interrupted for
quite a while on Friday evening. Normal broadcasts was restored early
morning today.

The Pope's first visit to the Middle East in Beirut Lebanon, was
featured live on both Lebanese transponder of LBC Sat and Future TV, and
CNN International, on this satellite.

Further continuos live coverage could be observed on the Arabsat LBC
feed, LBC plus & Future Gold as part of the 1stNEt DStv package on
Panamsat-4, LBC-Europe as, part of the TPS package on Hotbird.

Sporadic feeds could be seen on Arabsat 2B, Eutelsat 2f4. Also some
additional live coverage could been seen on CNNI, RAI Uno and Telepace.
All Lebanese terrestrial channels (more then 20) are cooperating to
provide one main stream from different locations.

If interested tune in tomorrow for the big morning mass at 08:30 CEST on
one of the above mentioned channels.

(Papal info kindly submitted by Ghassan Tabet)

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
Jamahirya Satellite Channel of Libya started on Friday May 9th on
transponder 38, 11.617 GHz, V, PAL. An TV audio subcarrier is on 6.60

The widebeam transmission is of excellent quality and does look, after
two days, not anymore like a temporary broadcast, however the
possibility of a ceasure at the end of the state visit, is given.

Anyway, beside all political reseignements, the Lybian channel fits
perfectly in the range of other North African countries; all are now
gathered on one satellite: Marocco, Algeria, Tunesia, Lybia and Egypt.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
A Spanish version of the Bloomberg Information TV has been added to the
existing Bloomberg bouquet on 11.575 GHz, V, SR 27500, FEC 3/4.
This new version is accesible with VPID 4550 and APID 4528.
(Info kindly submitted by Mike Bauerfeind, SAT-Digital)

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
Transmissions for the ORF of Formula 1 feeds from Monaco, Monte Carlo,
can be observed via transponder 22B, 11.178 GHz, H, PAL, and today not
in SiS. Audio was presented on a subcarrier 6.60 MHz.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
On transponder 111x-A, 10.968 GHZ, V, a religious feed for IBA Israel
was observed, common on a Saturday evening.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
The AMOS testcard on the MidEast beam moved timewise from transponder
5L, 11.552 GHz, V, to transponder 3L, 11.131 GHz, V, but is since last
night again steady maintained on the first mentioned transponder.

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
A final game of the football World League for AFX between Dusseldorf's
"Rhein-Fire" and Frankfurt's "Galaxy" was shown on 12.604 Ghz, H, with
audio carriers on 6.60 MHz for commentary and 7.20 Mhz for the natural

The Panamsat test card was displayed at 12.699 GHz, V, without an audio
sub carrier. Recently this test card is seldom analogue transmitted.

SAT-MidEast Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
On the satellite archive pages have almost all satellites been updated
with the latest available data. The main news page is presently under
construction, in order to display the gathered information, accesible by
individual satellite and year of events. 
Due to unfinished work at the page, the data is still only retrievable
via the '97 column; accessing the '96 column will give a "File not
Found" Error. As soon as all files will be split up according to their
year of origine, all will be in order.

A new Ariane information page has been added to the "Link-Page", it is
very well worthy to be checked out: 

The author is the knowledgable Martin OA Ransom, in our circles better
known as the English commentary speaker of the Arianespace TV services,
what actually is an understatement of his position.	

Accesible via the "Listing" menu selection, is a new FACTS & RUMOURS
page, where I have started to gather some information on various future
satellites, satellite systems, launchsystems and other articles which do
not fit in the mainstream factual reports. All postings will however
have a, direct or indirect, impact on the Middle East. As the title
already says, some of it are rumours and has to be consumed with great

Best regards,

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