SAT Observations 96.12.15

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.

- Astra, Eutelsat Superbeam and Skandinavian Reports.
- D-Box Info, DF-1 Reports and daily Feed Listings.

- ARABSAT 2B testing
- EBU txm on Amos
- Hot Bird 2
- Bits & Pieces

Finally has Arianespace made his way into the internet.

Take alook at: http://www.arianespace.com 

There is a French an an English version available.
Be carefull, it will take a while to download a minimum of 150 KB and
that only for the index. Topics are the Executive commitee, the
advantages, the customers, the products, the service, the satellites,
the Ariane programm etc. A lot of fancy grahics on the top-page and a
picture of Mons. Charles Bigot.

Plenty of down-loadable movies are available, take your time, the files
are huge !

GALS 1/2, 36 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/gals1.html
The educational txm of NTV continued from 10:00 CET on txpr 2 on 11,919
GHz, RC. The programming ceased at 01:00 CET.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
Again today the Ku-Band txpr 21, 4.167 GHz, Rc, of KSC Kuwait was
switched off for a long period during daytime, C-Band txm continued as

ARABSAT 2B, 21 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Finally the Arabsat 2B has given some signs of live!
Starting in the night from 14 to 15 December the first signals could be
received on the highest C-Band frequency txpr 22, 4.181 GHz, Lc, shortly
thereafter followed by a carrier on txpr 21, 4.167 GHz, Rc. Testing was
throughout Sunday on-going, but no signs of activity on the Ku-Band txpr
The signals are very powerful in Cairo, as to be expected in the beam
Sightings have been reported from various locations in the Middle East,
thanks to Fred Zaziski in Bahrain for his early report.
Christian Lyngemark (SATCO-DX) in Sweden, was the first to make the
appearance of the Arabsat 2B public in his daily reports; he had also
good reception results on txpr 22, 4.167 GHz, Rc.

Today the tests concentrated on txpr 2, 3.471 GHz, Lc and txpr 21, 4.167
GHz, Rc, with long standing empty carriers of high power.

The used position is very close to the position of the, now de-orbited,
Arabsat 1D-R, and is most probably the future position of the Arabsat
1C, after the Arabsat 2B is fully tested and relocated to the 31 East

An imported deadline should be considered: The Arab world will celebrate
the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan on about the 10th of January
1997. This is the month of fasting and spiritual reconciliation, but
also afer sunset a very important time for TV producers (and
advertisers). It could be feasable that the operational readiness of the
Arabsat 2B is targeted at that date.

Here for the interested ones the receivable down-link frequencies again:

ARABSAT 2B Txpr plan:
Ku Band
Tr#     Freq    Pol
---     ----    ---
1       12.521  H				
2       12.536  V
3       12.563  H				
4       12.578  V
5       12.605  H
6     	12.620  V				
7       12.646  H
8       12.661  V
9       12.685  H				
10      12.700  V				
11      12.720  H				
12      12.735  V				

C Band
Tr#     Freq    Pol     Beam 
---     ----    ---     ----
1       3.720   R       Med
2       3.741   L       Med
3       3.761   R       Med
4       3.782   L       Med
5       3.802   R       Med
6       3.823   L       Med
7       3.843   R       Med
8       3.864   L       Med
9       3.884   R       Med
10      3.905   L       Med
11      3.925   R       Med
12      3.946   L       Med
13      3.978   R       Med
14      3.999   L       Med

15      4.044   R       High
16      4.064   L       High 
17      4.085   R       High
18      4.099   L       High
19      4.126   R       High
20      4.140   L       High
21      4.167   R       High
22      4.181   L       High

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/hotbird.html
Some testing, even on Sunday, could be seen at txpr 61, 11.938 GHz, V
(Superbeam, digital) reserved by TPS, France. Maybe even a txm? I can't
tell from here.
Testing of the widebeam txpr could not be observed.

AMOS 1, 4 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Txpr 6L, 11.653 GHz, V, ceased as usual on Sunday, txpr 6U, 11.699 GHz,
V is temporary active.
The "IBA CNCT CH1" txpr 5L, 11.468 GHz, V, txm today the contents of EBU
EVNO-RO news service, in the clear, no SIS (Sound in Sync). It was
identical with the EBU txm on Eutelsat II-f4M on 7 East, txpr 20 A,
10.972 GHz, H, at the same time.
Txpr 3, with the middle frequency of 11.159 GHz, V, was used for a feed
from Jerusalem for El Gezeera TV, Quatar.

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
Txm of TV Angola (TPA) on txpr 102L, 3.780 GHz, Lc remained for now
three days in a very good quality. Something must have changed
definitively there.

Best regards,

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

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