SAT Observations 97.05.12
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.01.01 REPORT:
- Orbit expands
- Baztab jammed ?
- MCM Africa ceased
- Bits & Pieces
ORBIT EXPRESS SHOP LAUNCHES ON ORBIT (better late than never...)
The Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network has announced the
launch of an innovative home shopping service specially tailored for
viewers throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Orbit Express Shop,
offering a comprehensive shopping service in viewers homes, made its
debut on both Orbit s free-to-air Promotional Channel and the Orbit
Network on Channel 7 on May 1, 1997.
Orbit Express Shop will set a new trend in shopping for the Arab World,
offering viewers the opportunity to purchase international quality
products from the comfort of their own homes. Hundreds of name brand
products not available in shops in the region -- including jewelry,
health and beauty products, home appliances and automotive care systems
-- will be featured exclusively on this newest addition to the Orbit
service. Orbit Express Shop viewers can order over the telephone and
conveniently pay by credit card.
The service will also be the exclusive source of limited edition Orbit
products, including the network's own Second Orbit Festival of Arabic
Song Video Series, available for a limited time only.
Orbit Express Shop will be available to both subscribers and
non-subscribers on Orbit s free-to-air Promotional Channel via Arabsat
2A, located at 26 East and on Channel 7 of the Orbit network. Viewers
can tune in from 7.00 am GMT to 2.00 pm GMT Saturdays through Thursdays
and 7.00 am GMT to 12.00 pm
GMT on Fridays.
THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai3.html
This recently launched satellit is still moving westwards to 78.5 East,
currently located around 80 East.
Any C-Band sightings of this bird please to my mailbox (note the
transmissions from the nearby Express 6).
INTELSAT 801, 64E, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
Intelsat 801 has now reached its final orbital position at 64 East.
Again here please reports of any sightings to my mailbox.
ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Farsi languaged Baztab is receivable from transponder 19, 4.126 GHz, Rc,
as well as from transponder 17, 4.085 GHz, Rc, lately.
A comment from Christian Lyngemark brought a whole new view on the
* Baztab was actually changing between very often during the
transmission, and sometimes they were visible on both transponder.
It looked like they were being jammed and used two transponder in order
to try to avoid jamming...? *
Baztab Entertainment TV appeared today at 18:45 CEST at first on 4.126
GHz, Rc, only to switch a little later back to the initial frequency of
4.085 GHz, Rc.
Any comments on the subject please to the mail address below, all
incoming mail will be automatically forwarded to Christian Lyngemark.
HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Polsat on transponder 11, 11.431 GHz, H, did finally encrypt the
transmission of its movies tonight. A great experience ! :-((
The audio stayed in the clear.
EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
A new Turkish TV channel "Haak TV" broadcasted the weekend between circa
18:00 and 20:00 CEST on transponder 22, 11.163 GHz, H. An on-screen
address was noted:
Neusser Str. 418
D- 59733 Cologne - GERMANY
(Info kindly submitted by Gerard Hemmer via SAT-Stefan's Transponder
INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
WorldNet has been relaying NASA TV on Intelsat 601, Intelsat 703
(analogue) and Hot Bird 1 (MPEG-2), during this weekend.
The reason for this is yet unknown, published scheduled programming did
not appear ( gopher://gopher.voa.gov:70/11/worldnet-ske ).
Info on NASA-TV can be obtained from:
The analogue transmissions of MCM Africa have now finally ceased on
3.650 GHz, Rc. It has been followed up by a French MPEG-2 digital
package for Africa, which has done frequent night-testing on this
It was the last free-to-air version of MCM receivable analogue in the
Middle East. :-(( For me, a reason more to add a good digital receiver
to my TV set-up.
PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Sunday evening again transmissions of the Worldliga Football from
Holland. The game Barcelona versus Amsterdam was seen on 12.576 GHz, H,
with audio carriers on 7.20 MHz for the stadium sound and 7.38 for the
Transmissions from de Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam continued with the same
parameters on Monday Evening. The uplink to Panamsat 3-R was done via an
earth station on Hollands coast, in Noordwijk.
Web Satellite Info, http://www.lebanoncom.com/satellites.htm
A new satellite site started in Lebanon, take a look at the start of
promising information pages. The webmaster is Eddie Rmaili.
Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt
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