SAT Observations 97.07.18

A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East,
- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
- Commented from the Middle Eastern perspective.
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.07.18 REPORT (we are getting there...):

- Exiting Launch Business
- Another Encrypted Music Channel
- Thaicom 3 and Insat 2D still testing
- Eurotica/Rendez Vous merger
- New SAT-Mailers
- SATCO DX Workshops
- Bits & Pieces

Please be aware that this message has been send out on 97.07.18 after a
summer break. The content reflects observations in the week from 11/07
to 17/07.

LAUNCH REPORT, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
After the next V98 Arianelaunch with Panamsat 6, with beams targeted at
South America, it will be an exiting 6 monthes for the Middle East, as
every Ariane start features a powerfull and RECEIVABLE satellite. Here
the complete actual listing:

07.08.97	V098	43.0 W	Panamsat 6
29.08.97	V099	13.0 E	Hot Bird 3 (& Meteosat)
18.09.97	V100	21.3 W	Intelsat 803
15.10.97	V101	05.0 E	Sirius 2 (& Indostar 1)
mid11.97	V102	07.0 W	Nilesat 1 (& JCSat 5)
mid12.97	V103	29.5 W	Intelsat 804
mid01.98	V104	13.0 E	Hot Bird 4 (& ?)

As an extra bonus, also in the same period: the launch of Asiasat 3 to
105.5 East, replacing Asiasat 1, and the first launch of an Eutelsat W24
series satellite: the EW1 targeted at 10 East, replacing Eutelsat II-f2,
which will be relocated.

According to the South African Mail and Guardian, M-Net is planning a
Pan-African satellite music channel. Although a name hasn't been found
yet, the channel is expected to be launched as soon as September this
Thirty percent of the 24 hours broadcast every day will be devoted to
South African music, ten percent to the rest of Africa and the rest to
black American music. Programming will be produced externally; six South
African production companies will reportedly present their pitch to
M-Net in mid-July.

The new music station will be part of the 40-channel DSTV bouquet
broadcasted from Panamsat 4 at 68.5 East, that among various other
channels, already offers Carlton Network, BET on Jazz and Zee TV.

(C)TELE-satellit 1997. All rights reserved.

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.html
DSTV trailer could be observed on 3.425 GHz, V, in PAL. The video
promotes a digital package that is expected to start on the frequency
soon. (The transmission has ceased in between)
(Richard Eckendorff via SATCO DX)

MCOT Channel 9 has left 3.960 GHz, V, after only one week of

Other tests cards have been seen on 3.440 GHz, H, and 3.545 GHz, V with
audio on a subcarrier of 6.60 MHz.
A promotional video on Spain with "Paseos de Espana", showing dancing,
bullfighting, beaches and travelling was presented on 3.625 GHz, V,
audio subcarriers both on 6.65 & 7.20 MHz. At times a colour bars test
card is around.

Two separate versions of TVT Channel 11 are now available on resp.3.870
GHz, V and 3.890 GHz, V. The first uses the English logo with a WWW-URL,
the other has a Thai logo.

INSAT 2D, 74 East, http://www.satcodx.com/in2d.html
Another very strong empty test carrier could be received in Israel on
4.040 GHz, V.
(D.Shimoni via SATCO DX)

An MCT test card could be observed at 4.065 GHz, V. It is receivable
both in Norway (!) and Slovenia.
(Rick, Gregor Bregar via SATCO DX)

A colour bar test card has been seen on 3.905 GHz, V, and 3.945 GHz, V.

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
On July 17th a transmission of a concert of Arabic music could be
observed on the newly added ART 6 channel on both the 1stNET DStv
packages transmitted from Panamsat 4 and Arabsat 2A at 26 East.

The yellow logo in the lower left corner says in Arabic "Al a Keefag",
which means freely translated "As You Like".

The naming could point to a planned PPV (Pay-Per-View) channel? Or is it
to be the best of ART? Or just a plain request channel during the summer

Any ideas and comments are most welcome to the SAT-MidEast, or the
SATCO-DX, mailboxes...

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1c.html
Kanal D has moved its regular transmission frequency slightly from
11.569 GHz, V to 11.564 GHz, V.
(Richard Eckendorff via SATCO DX)

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.html
FM Super Station has replaced Arabic Classics FM on Kuwait TV
transponder 7, 12.646 GHz, H and Arabic Classics FM has replaced FM
Super Station on the Kuwaity C-band transponder 21, at 4.167 GHz, Rc.
(Mohamed El-Nadi via SATCO DX)

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
Eurotica/Rendez Vous is also available on 10.986 GHz, H, in
PAL/Videocrypt 1/2.
(M.Houriet, B.Sundberg via SATCO DX)

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Eurotica/Rendez Vous started on transponder 53, 11.785 GHz, H, in
PAL/Videocrypt 1/2, where Rendez Vous promotional videos were shown,
whilst Eurotica's subscriptions details and programs were transmitted
from 02:00 - 06:00 CAT.

A change to D2-MAC is expected soon. During daytime digital transponder
tests are performed. Rendez Vous says it hopes to get back soon when it
has sorted out its D2-MAC problems.
(Amir Diab, M.Ihab, Sat-UK via SATCO DX)

"I was informed last Friday by a representative of Rendez Vous that they 
have taken over TV Eurotica. I can confirm that the channels have merged
as this was announced at the start of the Eurotica transmission at Hot
Bird 2 transponder 53, at 11.785 GHz, H."

Regular transmission will start within 10-14 days in D2 MAC/Eurocrypt.
(Dieter Vogt - William Hicks via SATCO DX)

Eurotica Rendez Vous is using the Rendez Vous' previous home page at:
Please check that URL for more news about what's going on with
this/these channel(s).
(I.Ivkovic via SATCO DX)

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
MCM Europa, Fashion! and Tamil Oli/Radio Asia, parts of the French
digital package on transponder 5, 11.304, GHz, V, were Free-To-Air for
24 hours, starting Thursday 16:00 CAT. After that only Fashion! remained
in the clear (as ususal) .

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
On 10 July, BHT - Bosna i Hercegovine TV returned on 11,080 H after an
abscense of around a month.
(A.Kardos via SATCO DX)

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
Turkish Eylik TV has definitely left 12.590 GHz, H, and can be found now
only on Eutelsat II-f3 at 16 East on 11.045 GHz, V.
(B.Prince via SATCO DX)

EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has several SCPC (MPEG-2?) channels on
this satellite, here an actual listing:

11.009 GHz V: EBU Channel K
11.018 GHz V: EBU Channel L
11.024 GHz V: Euroradio Channel V
11.027 GHz V: Euroradio Channel R
11.041 GHz V: EBU Channel P
11.048 GHz V: EBU Channel M
11.058 GHz V: EBU Channel N
(F.Carera via SATCO DX)

EXPRESS 2, 14 West, http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
IRIB TV External Service, is an Iranian international TV version,
consisting of a mix of programs from all four IRIB TV channels. It has
started officially, after some test broadcasts, on 3.975 GHz, Rc, in
SECAM, with audio subcarriers at 6.20 & 6.80 MHz.
(P.Gauduin, Gregor Bregar, Mike via SATCO DX)

TELE-satellite International is proud to announce four new satellite
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The world down-under, and all the Asian channels, which can be received
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Florida and the rest of North and South America, those are the topics of
Lionel Remigio, who used to to be a satellite editor in the old times,
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Ary Marcoschamer from Monterey brings fresh satellite news from Mexico.
Digital tv has started, so lots of news is to be told.

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SME Comment:
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SATCO DX is now offering seminars (workshops) on receiving satellite
signals. Currently, two seminars are due to be held, both directly at
the Uplink control center of Deutsche Telekom in Usingen (near
Frankfurt/M) in Germany. They will be hosted by Dr.Dish, and the first
is scheduled for Saturday, 13 September.

If you happen to be a German native speaker and already feel interested,
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SAT-MidEast Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
A Nokia Mediamaster 9200 FTA has found it's way into my home,
I discovered it between the clothing I was buying in Europe.
A real surprise..., good that customs didn't discover it !
(I should be quiet, actually).
Do expect reports on functionality of the box in the Near East. I'm
aware know that for many of you it is almost snow from yesterday, but I
still think there are some interesting things to say and see. Look out
for it...

Best regards,

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