SAT Observations 97.01.11

A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East,
sponsored by TELE-satellit, SATCO-DX and TBS Internet.
- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
- Commented from the Middle Eastern perspective.

- Astra news, DF-1 reports and Skandinavian reports.
- Regular feeds and news transmissions are not listed.

- No Headlines
- and hardly news...

EXPRESS 6, 80 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
On TB6 transponder 14, 3.875 GHz, Rc, shows Intersputnik now a series of
new test dias at night. Last seen the ground station RSCC Vladimir, with
series of large up-link dishes.

GORIZONT 31, 40 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/g31.html
On transponder 11, 3.925 GHz, Rc, "REN TV" was active at about 20:00 CET
with a commercial broadcast. The on-screen logo is similar to the
"REN-HBC" one, only a different text.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Now officially confirmed by MCM: between the end of February and
mid-March will MCM start scrambling their signal on transponder 5,
11.307 GHz, H. A free available MCM signal for the Middle East will then
only be available from Intelsat 27.5 West, 3.650 GHz, Rc: MCM Africa.

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Yesterday on Philips Customer Day 1997, a feed could be observed on
transponder 22, 11.163 GHz, H, early in the morning with a speech of the
CEO of Philips.
Sound carriers in MHz: 6.50: Italian, 7.02: French, 7.20: Danish ?,
7.36: Portuguese, 7.56: Greek, 7.74: Turkish, 7.92: Spanish, 8.10:
English, 8.28: Swedish ?.

On Ebs transponder 21, 11.080 GHz, H, a long feed for TV Polonia could
be observed, inclusive on-screen logo, during the afternoon today. Sound
carrier in mono on 6.60 and 7.20 Mhz.

EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
Transponder 26, 11.080 GHz, V, carrried the original religious feed for
IBA Israel, which could then be seen on Intelsat 707, 1 West,
transponder 111X-A, 10.968 GHz, V. A sound carrier was available on 6.60
MHz, no SiS was used.

PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, SATCO-DX: http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Today, early morning both transponder on 12.701 GHz, H and 12.699 GHz,
V, were activated at the same time, the first showing a test card of NHK
New York, the seond the standard Panamsat test card. The quality of both
receptions was, due to the interferences, quite poor. 
In the evening the Panamsat test card was available on 12.701 GHz, H in

D-Box testing on Creta
Nicholas Dandalis on Creta submitted following report:

After testing a D-Box on 13 and 19 degrees east, the results are as

With a 1.2M dish and universal LNB, I managed to lock in practically all
packages at 13 degrees.  Although the Hot Bird 2 superbeam was extremely
borderline, quite a bit of digital noise, but still locked on.

On Astra with my 3M dish, Seavey feedhorn and Gardiner 0.6 enhanced
triple band LNB, I successfully locked in Multichoice, Canal Satellite,
ARD/ZDF and DF1.  Upon access of DF1, a software upgrade was thrown at
us but was rejected by the 
D-Box, probably due to corruption in the weak signal path.

Best regards,

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

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