SAT Observations 97.10.10

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- Launch Information
- VTV3 strong on Thaicom 3
- Panamsat Footprints
- Formula 1 feed
- Hot Bird 1
- more Hot Bird 2
- much more Hot Bird 3
- Intelsat 601 & 803
- Bits & Pieces

LAUNCH INFORMATION, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Here the latest Arianespace launch schedule:

V102    L472    07/11   44L	Sirius 2 & Cakrawarta-1
V103    L473    27/11   44P	JCSAT 5 & Equator S
V104    L474    18/12   44L/42P	Intelsat 804
V105    L475    22/01   ?	Inmarsat 3-F5 & Brazilsat B3
V106    L476	22/02   ?    	Hot Bird 4 & Nilesat 1
(SME, Source: go_Ariane)

The launch of the Eutelsat/NPO-M SESAT satellite to 36 East has been
postponed by a month from December 1998 to January 1999. Further delays
are to be expected, due to the financial situation in the state of

Arianespace Ariane 5 on Flight 101 with mission 502 will now take-off on
October 28th, during a launch window from 14:00-17:00 CAT.

Don't book your vacation yet, there is a slight chance of a delay... ;-)

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.html
VTV3 (Vietnam TV) with news inserts from VTV1, could be observed from
Wednesday, October 8th, on 3.615 GHz, H, in PAL/clear using the
semi-global beam. Audio carriers were available on 6.60 and 7.00 MHz.

Transmissions times are from 01:00 to 19:00 CAT

The quality of the received transmisions was at first superb, even in
the northern European territories, but was by at least 25 percent
reduced in the night to Friday October 10th, were again sparkies marched
in :-( it could have been so nice...

Latest update: the signal strenght returned slowly throughout the day,
until late afternoon the excellent earlier quality was achieved, so why
all the trouble in the first place ?

INSAT-2D, 74 East, http://www.satcodx.com/
India decided on Sunday October 5th to abandon their recovery efforts
for its INSAT-2D communications satellite after a major on-board power
failure on Wednesday, Oct. 1st.

Reports from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) indicate the
satellite lost earth lock again on Saturday for the second time,
preventing the system from providing telecommunication services.

The Insat-2D was launched four months ago onboard a Arianespace booster
from the Guiana Space Center, Kourou, French Guiana.

Insat-1C, built by Ford Aerospace, was also lost a few years ago after
it experienced a power failure. Insat-2D was built by the ISRO.
(SME, source Keith Stein)

PANAMSAT 4, 68.4 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
All Panamsats received new footprint maps, available via the SATCO DX
web-site and the SAT-MidEast web-site. The new maps are separated in the
several beams, which especially for the PAS-4 clears a lot of
uncertainties and questions on receivability. Thirteen different beam
configurations are now displayed alone for the PAS-4 satellite.

After the ceasure of 1stNet from PanamSat 4, the channels are still
loaded from the known frequencies. Transponder 17, 19, 21, and 23 are
transmitting with full power. Some of the 1stNet channels contain still
a dia with the advise in English or Arabic to turn for reception to the
Arabsat 2A at 26 East.

The Nokia Mediamaster performs a manual search started from 11.464 GHz,
H, automatically on 11.584 GHz, H, (both Showtime transponder); a search
initiated  from either 11.524 GHz, H, or 11.649 GHz, H, searches through
all four frequencies.

On transponder 16L, 4.155 GHz, V, ITV Formula 1 racing feeds can be
received in NTSC from the Suzuka racetrack in Japan, with audiocarriers
on  6.20 and 6.80 MHz.  Music Asia on 4.185 GHz, V, is therefore only
receivable with lesser quality on the higher part of transponder 16.
Also affected is the reception of ATN, on tranponder 15L, 4.155 GHz, H,
through cross-references.

Interessents should get up early, as transmission are only in the
morning due to the time differences.

INTELSAT 704, 66 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i704.html
Radio Actif has started on the CFI transponder at 4.055 GHz, RC, MPEG-2,
APID 460E.

INTELSAT 604, 60 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i604.html
The MPEG-2, Free-To-Air RTR bouquet on 11.138 GHz, V, has changed its
FEC from 1/2 to 3/4. Four new TV channels, CNN International,
TNT-Classic Movies, EuroSport & the Quantum Channel have started in this
The latest line-up for RTR package:

	4021	4022	5FFE	RTR           
	xxxx	4023	5FFE	Radio Russia           
	4025	4026	4024	EuroSport/The Quantum Channel             
	402A	402B	4029	RTR (-6 h)             
	xxxx	402C	4029	Radio Russia           
	402E	402F	402D	CNNi                
	xxxx	4030	402D	Radio Russia           
	4032	4033	4031	RTR (-6 h)             
	4035	4036	4034	TNT                       

(Yuriy Pechurkin, maxim@int.donetsk.ua)

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
Bop TV has started on 3.728 GHz, RC, in PAL with IRDETO encryption using
the  Western Hemispheric beam. Excellent quality in Cairo.
Two Audio subcarriers feature BOP Radio in English on 7.20 MHz and
Mmbatho Radio in Setwsana on 7.38 Mhz.

On the RTNC transponder at 3.798 GHz, RC, is an audio subcarrier for RNC
Antenna Afrovision available at 6.92 MHz.

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1c.html
Turkish Channel A-TV transmits additional to its broadcasts from
transponder 4L, 10.965 GHz, V, now since two days also on transponder
12, 10.968 GHz, H, Turkey Beam, with the same parameters and audio
Samanyolu TV on transponder 15, 11.126 GHz, H features four new radio
channels on audio subcariers 7.38: Hit FM; 7.56: Pop FM; 8.10/8.28: Genc
Radio (Stereo).

GALS 1/2, 36 East, http://www.satcodx.com/gals.html
You can watch four of NTV+'s channels live in clear on the web, although
still the live sound is missing, but anounced !
NTV+ Sport:      http://www.mt.ru/cgi-bin/show.cgi?1+20 
NTV+ Music:      http://www.mt.ru/cgi-bin/show.cgi?2+20
NTV+ Mir Kino:   http://www.mt.ru/cgi-bin/show.cgi?3+20
NTV+ Nashe Kino: http://www.mt.ru/cgi-bin/show.cgi?4+20

NTV+ has a home page at http://www.mt.ru/ntv+.htm

TDF 2, 36 East, http://www.satcodx.com/tdf2.html
As soon as Eutelsats TDF 2 arrives at 36 East, two new encrypted
channels will be launched: A children's channel and a woman's interest
channel on 11.881 GHz, RC and 12.034 GHZ, RC, respective.
After the start of these channels, the price for the package will rise
from $12 to about $20 per month.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.html
Arabsat has agreed to lease a transponder to TV 5 Afrique, as a
replacement in the French language for CFI on transponder 12, 3.946 GHz,
LC. A start date has not been announced.

The 1stNet network has unfortunately experienced some subscriber trouble
in the area after its change from Panamsat 4 at 68.5 East to Arabsat 2A
at 26 East.
The combination of the analogue channels and the digital DStv package is
mostly welcomed, but the hardware implementation of the separation of
the previous combined bouquets Showtime and 1stNet brings some trouble,
especially for subscribers to both packages with a single smartcard.

The transmissions of the 1stNet bouquet comes now from two transponders
in the so-called Ku high-band, where not everybody has access to yet.
New LNB's, splitter, power blocker etc. are required, including the
professional help of an installer.

The local sold hardware is another obstacle: everytime satellites are
changed with the PACE and PANASAT IRD's you have to retune the package
totally, with entering all frequencies, SR, FEC and band data everytime.
The receiver keeps only ONE package at the time in memory. Nokia's
Mediamaster, which certainly would help a lot, is still an item
"non-grata" in Egypt and other Arabs states. 

EUTELSAT I-f5, 21.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e1f5.html
TV Polonia is additional on 11.046 GHz, V, PAL, with an audio subcarrier
at 6.60 MHz, probably to give continuous reception throughout the
maintenance work on the uplink to Hot Bird 1 at 13 East.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
The unknown digital carrier on 12.537 GHz, V, SR 3254, FEC 2/3,
bandwidth 0 and service ID 1 is recognized as a feed for TPS of their
SIC channel. ENEX feeds are also still available during non transmission
(SME, Anonymous)

SIC-Portugal has started on 12.538 V, using the widebeam in MPEG-2
Free-To-Air, SR: 3255, FEC: 2/3, VPID: 42D0, APID: 42DA.
SIC broadcasts in Portuguese providing four hours of programmes a day
between 20:00 and 24:00 CAT.

HOT BIRD 3, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb3.html
At first the lately received transponder occupation list:

[Not named channels are either S or W / A or D / F or C] 
tp#, freq#, S/W(Super/Wide beam), A/D(Analog/Digital), F/C(Free/Coded)

Vertical	S/W	A/D	F/C	Channel			
70: 12.111	S	D	C	Reserved by NN [1]	   
72: 12.149	S	D	C  	TPS moved from E2f1, tp 49, VIACCESS [2]				
74: 12.188	S	D	C	Reserved by British Telecom   					
76: 12.226	S	D	F	German MultiMedia Bouquet   					         
78: 12.265	S	D	F	German Multimedia Bouquet   					
80: 12.303	W	D	F	Slovenian/Croatian Bouquet [3]   					
82: 12.341	W	D	C	D+ (former Telepiu), IRDETO [4] 					
84: 12.380	W	D	C	French Bouquet [5]  					
86: 12.418	W	D	C	D+ (former Telepiu), IRDETO [4]					
88: 12.466	W	D	C	D+ (former Telepiu)(50 Mhz), IRDETO [4]  					

Horizontal	S/W	A/D	F/C	Channel
71: 12.130	W	A	F	MTV2, Hungaria, PAL, 6.50 [6]
73: 12.169	W	D	C	Multichoice Hellas Bouquet, IRDETO
75: 12.207	W	D	C	CME Eastern Europe Bouquet
77: 12.245	W	D	C	MCM Bouquet, VIACCESS
79: 12.284	W	A	F	ET-1, Greece
81: 12.322	W	D	C	Polish Bouquet
83: 12.360	W	D	C	Polish Bouquet
85: 12.399	W	D	C	SBC Bouquet, MPEG-2, VIACCESS [8]
87: 12.437	S	D	C	Reserved by British Telecom
89: 12.476	S	D	C	Reserved by NN [1]

Bandwith of tp 88 is 50 MHz, the other tps are 33 MHz width.

[1] NN - Not Named

[2] TPS uses E2f1 V tp45: 12.542, tp46: 12.584

[3]	MPEG-2 package from around 15.10.97, initially free-to-air with:
	TV Slovenya		SLO1,SLO2,Koper Capodistria & 5 Radio
	Croatian TV		HRT1,HRT2,HRT3, HRT Sat, & 3 Radio

[4] D+ uses HB2 V tp62:11.958,tp64:11.996,tp66:12.034,tp68:12.073

[5] French Origine Bouquet contains: Kuwait TV, Serte2, Serte3, Serte4

[6] Audio Subcarriers:
	7.02 - MTV2 Left  / Hungarian language mono
	7.20 - MTV2 Right / Original language mono
	7.38 - Unknown Radio
	7.56 - Unknown Radio

[8] TV	-	Radio
	SF 1	SRI_italiano	
	TSR 1	SRI_francais
	SF 2
	TSR 2	
	SRG SSR SAT Access (promotional channel) FTA

Bloomberg.......MPEG-2..Wide...Clear...[possible BT tp 74 or tp 87]

The Swiss bouquet reported last week on 12.399 GHz, H, is using the wide
beam, MPEG-2/Viaccess, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. An SRG SSR Sat Access channel
Free-To-Air promotional channel was added (with a test card accompanied
with soft-pop in off-air times) and the initial channel naming was
adjusted slightly:

40A0	4050	SF 1	(German)
40A1	4054	TSR	(French)
40A2	4058	TSI	(Italian)
40A3	405C	SF 2	(German)
40A4	4060	TSR 2	(French)
40xx	40xx	SRG SSR Sat Access (promo channel)
 -- 	40C6	SRI_italiano (radio)
 -- 	40C7	SRI_francais (radio)
All TV channels, exept the access channel, are encrypted in VIACCESS,
the radio channels are Free-To-Air. More subscriber information can be
obtained from:


The one-time-only cost of a smart card is SFR 50 but will only be
granted to Swiss citizens in Switzerland.

The french MCM bouquet presently on transponder 5, 11.304 GHz, H, of Hot
Bird 1 has also taken up transmissions on October 10th in MPEG-2,
encrypted in VIACCESS, using transponder 77, 12.245 GHz, H. SR: 27500,
FEC 3/4 on the wide beam, with a not fully saturated signal. No
immediate video nor audio is presented, just station names and the
carrier stream, which still points to the old transponder. The fully
fledged signal could be starting any time now.

MTV-2 on 12.130 GHz, H uses an audio subcarrier on 6.50 MHz instead the
earlier announced 6.60 MHz.

TV Slovenija will start its MPEG-2 package with SLO1, SLO2, Koper
Capodistria & 5 radio channels on 12.303 GHz, V, around October 15th,
using transponder 80, switched onto the wide beam.
They will share this transponder for plain cost-saving reasons with
Croatian TV stations HRT1, HRT2, HRT3, HRT Sat & 3 radio channels.

Transponder 84, 12.379 GHz, V, started on Friday October 10th a French
originated bouquet, on a not full saturated wide beam, with Kuwait TV,
SERTE 2, SERTE 3, SERTE 4. (please note the NEW frequency, 1 MHz lower
than the nominal middle frequency). The Kuwait TV channel is identical
to the Arabsat 2A Ku-transmissions, the Serte 2/3/4 channels present a
color bar test card.

Initially NOKIA's Mediamaster stored the package with a frequency 11.493
GHz, and no video or audio could be observed, just station names (at
first SERTE 1, SERTE 2, SERTE 3, SERTE 4), so there was something weird
inside the bit-stream. The 11.493 GHz frequency was used for up-links of
a digital test bouquet to transponder 18 on the French Telecom satellite
at 5 West. Later the data-stream was adjusted and the bouquet was
correctly stored, and pictures appeared.

TPS started, slightly ahead of schedule, to use transponder 72, with
12.149 GHz, V, Wednesday, October 8th, and doubled their channels from
transponder 49, 12.708 GHz, V, at Eutelsat II-f for the time being. (BBC
Prime, BBC World, CNN, TV5, Histoire, LCI, Eurosport and TV7).
Transmissions were stopped on the Eutelsat II-f1 transponder on Friday
October 10th.
(SME, Source SAT-Grenoble)

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
La Chaine Sud has started on 11.919 GHz, V, on the previous "TEST"
channel on the Mediaset transponder, MPEG-2/clear, VPID: 4203, APID:
During the test period from 22 September to 21 October, they will
broadcast from 21:00 - 23:00 CAT, and later extend to 17:30 - 23:30 CAT.

Currently, they transmit only in French, but announced English and
Portuguese inerts in the future. La Chaine Sud features a home page at

A channel "TEST" was added Friday October 10th to the RAI package on
transponder 54, 11.804 GHz, V, with an empty transmitted signal.

Med TV will start in the next two weeks on 11.823 GHz, H , Multichoice
Hellas transponder. Multichoice Hellas has also obtained rights to
transmit on Hot Bird 3 transponder 73, 12.169 GHz, H using the wide
beam. All transmsissions up-to-date have been encrypted using the IRDETO
system, exept CCTV-4.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Last week I reported that Animal Planet will move around October 15th to
11.304 GHz, H, and to be an integral part of the MCM digital bouquet.

I WAS WRONG ! Yes, Animal Planet will move to the announced transponder
5, but will transmit analogue in PAL, Free-To-Air, expected on a 24-hr a
day cycle. 

Good news for all near Middle East viewers, as the Hot Bird 1 has only
one single widebeam, sadly however without the side-lobe covering the
KSA and the Gulf States.

The present user of transponder 5, the French MCM bouquet, doubled its
transmissions already, on Friday October 10th, to transponder 77, 12.245
GHz, H, on Hot Bird 3.

Fashion TV can be seen on transponder 21L, 11.055 GHz, H, of Eutelsat
II-f1, after the change for 24-hours daily, at least until March 30st,
(SME, SATCO DX, Anonymous)

Last Monday dissappeared TV Polonia from transponder 13, 11.474 GHz, H,
for a respectable number of hours, including all audio subcarriers. The
channel appeared late at night, but only with a single audio carrier at
6.60 MHz.

On Friday, October 10th, the same transponder was off air for quite
while in the morning and was thereafter tested. Back on air from 10:20
CET. A back-up for the channel is provided via Eutelsat I-f5, at 21.5
East, at 11.046 GHz, V.
At present time the channel seems to be back in its full glory.

Also there are difficulties reported throughout the week of the up-link
of RAI International at 11.464 GHz, V, SR: 4237, FEC: 3/4, VPID 4200,
APID: 428A, whereby the channel often only appeared at night. Here also
Solar storms at work ?

The MPEG-2 Viacom package on 11.242 GHz, V, was semi Free-To-Air from
Wednesday through Thursday. You had to enter the PID's, otherwise it
supported only Bloomberg and VH-1 Export in the clear. It's over now

EUTELSAT II-f1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f1.html
French Broadcaster TPS (Television Par Satellite) moved part of it's
Viaccess MPEG-2 bouquet, namely the channels on transponder 49, 12.708
GHz, V, to transponder 72, 12.149 GHz, V, on Hot Bird 3.

Following channels are concerned:
LCI, EuroSport, CNNi, BBC World, BBC Prime, TV 5, TV 7-Tunesie, Canal
Assemblee, RTM-Maroc, and Radio Classique.

After the move of TPS from transponder 49, the transponder was switched
down to the 11.659 GHz, V, frequency and be furthermore known as
transponder 39.
In the afternoon of Friday October 10, already various test cards were
displayed. An audio sub carrier is present at 6.60 Mhz (at times
switched off during testing).

While the Eutelsat II-series transponder can only be switched in certain
groups from wide- to super-beam (and vice-versa), the transponder will,
at present time, remain switched onto the widebeam.

Transponder 39 was an old-time favourite of mine: it had MTV Europe in

But this time my bets go on the appearance of TV Catalunya, from
Barcelona, Spain (I know, the Catalan will not agree...Spain ?) which is
suppose to appear in PAL, Free-To-Air from Monday October 13th on both
Astra and Eutelsat.
Maybe somebody remembers the test-transmissions of the channel on
Eutelsat some time ago...? The channels transmits from 14:00 to midnight

Just in...at midnight to October 11th, a TVE testcard appeared on the
transponder 39, with a radio on audio subcarrier 6.60 MHz.
(SME, Anonymous)

The official name for the new Polish channel on transponder 41U, 12.567
GHz, H, super-beam is TVN (not TV Nowa).

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
On a slightly lower frequency as usual in use by EBS, Turkish Hakk TV
was seen Sunday, October 5th, using transponder 21, 11.075 GHz, H, in
PAL. A sound carrier was availble on 6.60 MHz.

Hakk TV is supposed to transmit regularely on Sundays from 20:00 - 22:00

The up-link video quality varied from poor to acceptable, audio
forwarded on 6.60 MHz, stayed under any kind of minimum requirements for
broadcast throughout the transmission.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Reshet Bet has a home page at http://www.netvision.net.il/interbet/
LIVE RealAudio at http://www.netvision.net.il/reshet_bet/bet.ram

EXPRESS 2, 14 West, http://www.satcodx.com/e2.html
The Iranian External Service on 3.975 GHz, RC, seems to have renamed
itself in SAHAR UNIVERSAL NETWORK. A new, quite large, logo appeared in
the lower left corner of the screen on Tuesday, with below it the text

At various times transmissions with the same logo can be observed from
the IRIB transponder on Intelsat 801, at 62.5 East.

INTELSAT 705, 18 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i705.html
Channel 5 on transponder 75, 11.525 GHz, V, SR: 12225, FEC: 3/4, VPID:
4200, APID: 4280, Free-To-Air, can be watched in excellent quality on
Crete, Greece.
(Leonidas Klontzas)

Any other reports out of our area where the channel has been observed ?
I have no signal whatsoever in Cairo, which is correct what footprint

INTELSAT 515, 21.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/ik.html
This older satellite is quite silent running: TV SAHEL on 3.914 GHz, RC,
with sound featured as an SCPC channel.
Now NEW on 4.092 GHz, RC, started NTA Nigeria TV, recently moved away
from the replaced Intelsat 601 at 27.5 West. An audio carrier is
available at 6.60 MHz.

The received quality in Cairo is very poor, but this will certainly
change wenn the Intelsat 515 get's replaced by the Intelsat 803, latest
in April 1998.

Several African channels had to move from the 27.5 West position after
the positioning of the powerful Intelsat 803. The South-Eastern Zone
beam is no longer footprinting Africa, it points now to the South
American states. 

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
On Saturday October 4th, CFI Afrique changed its frequency from 3.910
GHz, RC to 3.886 GHz, RC, in preparation for moving to Intelsat 803 at
the same location. The audio line-up remained un-changed.

Bop TV has left 3.884 GHz, LC and Mmabatho TV has left 3.921 GHz, LC;
both were in PAL/IRDETO on transponder 103U/L at the SW zone beam.
Bop TV moved to Intelsat 703, 57 East, 3.728 GHz, RC, PAL/IRDETO,
Western Hemisperic beam. No new sightings of Mmabatho TV have been

TPA (Angola) has left 3.780 LC, PAL, no new sightings of the channels
have been reported.

INTELSAT 803, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i803.html
This recently launched satellite replaced Intelsat 601 at 27.5 West in
the night from 6 to 7 October.

Earlier this week, this announcement was seen on the Worldnet
transponder, 35, at Intelsat 703: 4.050 GHz, RC:

 "Digital conversion on the AOR satellite has been delayed.
  Do not change satellites or change digital channels.
  Tests start on October 8."

They have been referring to the observed MPEG-2 test on Intelsat 803.

Later in the week on both satellites (703 at 57 East as 803 at 27.5
West) running text could be observed advising cable networks to adjust
their installations to a reception of the Hot Bird 13 East position,
while the IOR and AOR satellites will move to MPEG-2 Transmissions.

Info can be obtained from: http://www.voa-afl.org/worldnet

Test at various times during the day could be observed, whereby the
analogue signal dissappeared from 3.942 GHz, RC, and from a slight
higher frequency on the Eastern Hemispheric beam 3.962 GHz, RC, SR:
20600, FEC: 3/4, following channel names could be loaded (all exept the
first three, appear to be radio channels):

	Channel 120 HOTBIRD
	Channel 121 HOTBIRD
	Channel 122 HOTBIRD
	Channel 170 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 171 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 172 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 172 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 173 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 174 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 175 NEA AN.RAD
	Channel 222 ASAT AN RAD
	Channel 223 ASAT AN RAD
	Channel 224 ASAT AN RAD
	Channel 225 ASAT AN RAD
	Channel 231 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 232 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 233 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 234 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 235 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 236 AUDIO ONL
	Channel 238 AUDIO ONL

NTA Channel 10 (Nigeria) has moved from 4.065 GHz, LC, to Intelsat 515,
21.5 West: 4.092 GHz, RC, on the global beam. It's really really weak in
Cairo, Egypt, much worse than from Intelsat 601.

MCE - Music Choice Europe in MPEG-2 has moved from 11.609 GHz, V to
11.631 GHz, V.

On the "Club 601" transponder 21L, 3.650 GHz, RC, (the channel should be
called "Club 803" now and somewhat later "Club 801" to be up-to-date)
the radio channels R.F.I. (APID: 40F6) and Radio Nova (APID: 40F7) can
be received Free-To-Air, although the TV channels are all coded in
The APID's are not nescesarily to be entered, the channels are
recognized automatically.

Footprint map added for Intelsat 803. The Ku spots are a little bigger
and stronger than before. The southeast zone beam has moved from Africa
to South America, the reason why some African TV channels have left this

PANAMSAT 3R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
The Via Digital package has moved from 12,651 GHz, V to 12,591 GHz, V,
same channels and PIDs as before.

A strong test card in NTSC can be observed on 12.701 GHz, V, and a much
weaker one in PAL on 12.718 GHz, H, for easier satellite identification.

SAT-MidEast INTERN, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
Anybody wondering about interferences between channels and a general
decrease in video and audio qaulity in the begining of the last week?
They are to be explained as after-effects of solar anomalities which
have been reported.
The spook is over now anyway, so don't worry, send the kids back out
again ;-)

The complete updated graphic with the latest data on transponder
numbering, bandwidths, and middle frequencies of all present Eutelsat
satellites on 13 East and the up-coming Hot Birds 4 & 5 on the same
position is available on:


The HTML versions of the latest reports are cached on the NEWS pages !

That's all folks, take care and protect yourself !

Henk C. Room / SAT-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt
- SAT-MidEast maintains a www.site with relevant Middle Eastern
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