SATCO DX 970620 - Thor 2 special
Due to to enormous interest in Thor 2, this Daily SATCO DX
Update mail is also sent out to all the 2.400 subscribers to
the Weekly Update mails, as a special bonus!
* Complete line-up for 21 ISkyB channels on PAS 4
* Vijay TV on Intelsat 704 is on spot beam
* DF 1 restructuring and adding 5 new channels
* Thor 2 - the first transmissions!
* Thor 2 - all reports in brief
* Thor 2 - polarization change
* Thor 2 - reception reports
* Complete line-up for 74 Sky Mexico channels on SD 2
* Revised Atlas launch schedule - Echostar 3 delayed
--- JCSAT 3: http://www.satcodx.com/jc3.html
The test card on 4,080 V has ceased.
--- PAS 4: http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
21 TV channels in the ISkyB package are now transmitting!
The complete line-up is available at
(A Nasheed - thanks!)
--- Intelsat 604 at 66E: http://www.satcodx.com/i604.html
>Does anyone know if Vijay TV still is on 4,180 R?
>Maybe it's on the spot beam instead of global?
From the reports received today from various locations, it's
obvious that Vijay TV is on the spot A beam and not on the
Thanks to U Blass, A Nasheed, S Hammad, P Poole and H Room
for solving this question!
The report from H Room solved another question:
ETV - Eanadhu TV on 4,060 L is obviously on the NE zone beam.
--- Astra: http://www.satcodx.com/astra.html
DF 1 has made a major restructuring of its package and
moved around channels between their transponders.
Five channels have also been added to the package:
Seasons, Planet, CineClassics 1, CineClassics 2 and DSF Action.
The complete line-up is at http://www.satcodx.com/dig/df1.html
(J Robinson - thanks!)
The content provider for the IC Radio Network channels
are Satellite Communication Europe GmbH, home page at
For a listing of the actual music content in real time,
Channels 1-4 are music and 5-6 are advertising.
Le Mouv' has a home page at http://www.radio-france.fr/nouveau/
--- Eutelsat II f1: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f1.html
Histoire (enc.) has replaced Guide on 12,542 V.
--- Hot Bird 2: http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
CCTV 4 on 11,823 H is in clear, while the other channels in
the Multichoice Hellas package all are encrypted.
(D Shimoni, H Room)
--- Tele-X: http://www.satcodx.com/telex.html
TVS - Sportskanalen on 12,637 L is only encrypted in Eurocrypt M,
not both M and S2.
--- Thor 2: http://www.satcodx.com/thor2.html
Thor 2 has finally started with regular transmissions today!
- The first transmissions - the true story: (all times in CET)
* 15:45: A "1°W" promo/test card appeared on 11,389 H (tp 12),
in D2-MAC/clear, identified as "TVS - Sportskanalen".
* 17:45: Turned encrypted in Eurocrypt, but still only a promo/test
card, even if TVS started tonights programming at 18:00
as usual on Tele-X and Intelsat 707.
* 23:30: TVS - Sportskanalen put out their own service, at this time
of the day consisting of a program schedule with music.
(summary from various reports during the evening)
- All reports in brief, as they arrived, both right AND wrong info:
15:58: Promo in D2-MAC on tp 13 (T Huisman)
15:59: Test pictures in D2-MAC on 11,372 H and 11,403 H (K Choukri)
16:20: TVS test card on 11,389 H (MarZ)
16:35: TVS test card on 11,389 V (L Karlsson)
16:36: "1°W" test card on 11,379 H, tp 11 (K-J Grahn)
17:10: Test card on 11,389, D2-MAC (P Goransson)
17:18: Promo in D2-MAC on 11,392 H (T Huisman)
17:21: Test card in D2-MAC on 11,372 H and 11,403 H (K Nilsson)
17:29: TVS test card in D2-MAC on 11,389 H (P Vilborn)
17:33: Promo in D2-MAC on 11,387 H (V Saliy)
17:39: 11,389 H activated (Anonymous)
17:48: Encrypted TVS test card in D2-MAC on 11,389 H (K Nilsson)
17:55: TVS now encrypted in Eurocrypt on 11,383 H (T Boeven)
18:38: Extremely weak signals on 11,387 H in Moscow (Nickolas)
19:11: D2-MAC signal on 11,389 H (G Bregar)
19:19: Promo test card on 11,389 H (J Robinson)
19:33: Test card in D2-MAC on 11,385 H (Euromedia)
20:16: TVS test card in D2-MAC/encrypted on 11,383 H (Sat-UK)
23:39: TVS has finally started on 11,389 H, with teletext (K Nilsson)
- Transponder change:
A lot of people have been confused by the apparent polarization
switch on Thor 2! The polarization on all tps seem to have been
changed, from H to V and from V to H.
That's the conclusion of today's first transmissons on 11,389 H
(not V!), and the recent tp testing on "false" polarization!
The chart has been updated with the assumed new layout.
- Reception reports: (all for 11,389 H)
* Signals received in these cities/areas: (no strengh reported)
Northern Netherlands, Bonn and Eisweiler (Germany)
Hallstahammar, Vaxjo, Lulea, Malmo (Sweden), Kiev (Ukraine),
St. Petersburg (Russia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).
* Very strong signals in Tallin, Estonia (P Vilborn)
* Extremely weak signals in Moscow, Russia (Nickolas)
--- Telecom 2D: http://www.satcodx.com/t2b.html
New line-up on 11,493 V, MPEG-2/clear, SR 27500, FEC 3/4:
TV Channel: VPID: APID:
EuroSport tests 0079 0083
BBC Prime tests 007A 0084
tests 00A0 0050
--- Orion 1: http://www.satcodx.com/o1.html
Jones Computer Network was closed down last month and all
their programming are now on Knowledge TV.
--- Galaxy 3R: http://www.satcodx.com/g3r.html
Venevision has a home page at http://www.venevision.com/
Logotype added for Venevision.
--- Solidaridad 2: http://www.satcodx.com/sd2.html
All the 74 TV channels in the Sky TV Mexico package have been
added to the service today! The complete line-up is available
(A Marcoschamer - thanks! - the winner today!)
--- Launches: http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Here is a revised Atlas launch schedule:
970925: Galaxy 8I (was: 971118)
971124: Eutelsat W1 (was: 980122)
980126: Echostar 3 (was: 970921)
No change for Superbird C, GE 3 and Sky 2.
As usual on Fridays, all satellites have been updated with
fresh tracker data. Some headlines:
* Insat 2D at 72.5 East, probably moving towards 74 East
* BSAT 1A still moving towards 110 East, at 113 East now
* JCSAT 1 still co-located with JCSAT 4 at 150 East
--- Added links to Sat Address Directory:
Sima-yeh Moghavemat (Vision of Resistance), BET on Jazz,
CTVN - Computer TV Network and MCE - Music Choice Europe.
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