SAT Observations 97.05.17
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.01.01 REPORT:
- WorldNet on Asiasat 2
- ART Australia from PAS-4
- BAZTAB Moves to Asiasat 2
- TV5 Asia from Hot Bird 1
- Arabesque encryption tests
- Bits & Pieces
ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.html
A WorldNet test card has appeared on 3.880 GHz, H, PAL, with an audio
subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.
Official transmissions will begin at 01.00 CEST (10.00 Sydney time) on
19 May, according to an on-screen message.
(G Cratt, D Knight, A Bedrosian, P Merrett via SATCO-DX)
In order to have a smooth transition to a full-time service, the ongoing
part-time service on transponder 2B will not be terminated until 30
June. Although the full-time service is on the same satellite, the
broadcasts will be on transponder 7B, rather than 2B. Current viewers
will only need to change the satellite frequency to downlink the new
(Info kindly submitted by D.Knight, via SATCO-DX,
THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai3.html
Thaicom 3 now seems to have reached 78.5 East, in order to replace
Thaicom 1, the end of May. Viewing reports are most welcome...
(Info kindly submitted by Christian Lyngemark)
PANSAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
The ART Australia feed and RAI International feed for re-broadcasting
from PANAMSAT 2 on 169 East towards the Pacific Ocean area are presently
transmitted on 3.880 GHz, H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4.
ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
An on-screen message on transponder 17, 4.085 GHz, Rc and transponder
19, 4.126 GHz, Rc announced that Baztab program is moving to Asiasat 2,
Transponder 2B, 3.680 GHz, H, and additional to 1.470 GHz, L-Band, both
in PAL, with audio subcarriers on 6.60 MHz. The transmission times from
17.45 - 19.00 CEST will remain the same. The move is scheduled to take
place as of May 21st,1997.
(Info kindly supplied by Yuriy Pechurkin)
SME Comment: This is the same transponder the WorldNet is presently
using for its part-time service.
HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
TV 5 Asia has started a feed transmission on transponder 6, 11.338 GHz,
V, MPEG-2, SR 5000, FEC 3/4. This signal is received in Israel, where it
is uplinked again to Asiasat 2 on 100, 5 East.
(Info kindly submitted by T.Roux via SATCO-DX)
HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Fashion TV had temporary replaced the analogue transmissions of the
AB-Sat promotional channel on transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, V, PAL, to
mark the official launch from Cannes on 14 May; it ceased May 16th.
(Info kindly submitted by Amir Diab, & B.Sundberg via SATCO-DX)
Encryption tests have been performed on the Arabesque channels on
transponder 65, 12.015 GHz, H. As SAT-MidEast reported earlier the start
of encryption is to be expected soon.
(Info kindly submitted by Eddie Rmaili via SATCO-DX)
Arab Radio & Television is providing digital subscription services to
viewers in the Arab world on PAS-4 and Arabsat-2A satellites and in
Europe on Hot Bird 2.
For the transmission of its "Arabesque" digital bouquet to Europe, an
MPEG-2/DVB compression and multiplexing system for a 7-channel satellite
uplink was installed by Philips Digital Videocommunication Systems (DVS)
at the ART premises in Avezzano, Italy.
VARIOUS LAUNCH INFO, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
Live launch coverage of Thor 2 on Sunday, 18 May will be shown, very
late at night, on Intelsat 605 at 24.5 West, in the C-Band.
The Inmarsat 3-F4 & Insat 2D will be launched with an Ariane 44L, flight
V97, at 23.30 CEST on 3 June, equal to 04.00 New Delhi time on 4 June.
(Info kindly submitted by the TVRO source via SATCO-DX)
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