SAT Observations 97.03.20

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- NOKIA Comment
- DW TV Stereo
- CH 2 on Amos
- Sat-MidEast Interna

Prior to the latest, a few mails responding the 97.03.19 news letter:

From SHOWTIME, London in response of SME comments on the timing
difficulties in the re-launched program listings channel #23:

- "Due to a problem with the editing of this channel, the first weeks
listings are broadcast without the Date and All Times KSA zone bar.
This problem has been rectified for subsequent broadcasts." -

From Nokia Middle East Sales Manager, Dusseldorf, Germany, in response
to the NOKIA 9200 S FTA announcement:

- "We are really launching (and in some countries have already launched)
the product in question. Concerning Middle East, we are working very
hard at the moment to introduce the product. Our partner in the region
is:" -

	Damascus International Road
	Hazmieh Lebanon - P.O. Box 11-2706 - Beirut
	Tel. +961(1)456263, Fax. +961(1)429288
	Mr. Gaby J. Kassab

SME Comment: As announced, all NOKIA 9200 S FTA info wil be submitted in
follow up reports, as soon as received.

EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
In the afternoon was on the frequency occupied by TV6, 3.875 GHz, Rc,
only a testcard available, later programming returned as usual.
AST on 4.025 GHz, Rc, was unchanged. 4.125 GHz, Rc, had no carrier at

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
The free-to-air transmissions of the 1stNet DStv package will cease and
all programming will be scrambled again from late Fridaynight, 21 March.

INTELSAT 704, 66 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i704.html
Joris van Pelt in Oman reports the reception on 4.055 Ghz, Rc, of CFI-1
and CFI Pro, in scrambled MPEG-2 with the parameters SR 27.500, FEC 3/4.

EUTELSAT II-f1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Deutsche Welle  announced officially, in their printed program forecast,
the start of the full stereo transmission of the DW TV-sound on all used
satellites as of Monday, March 30th. 1997. Here are the major changes:

Eutelsat II: DW-TV (6.65) 7.02-7.20 MHz; DW-Radio 7.38-7.56 MHz;
Intelsat K:  DW-TV (6.80) 5.94-6.12 MHz;
SATCOM C-4:  DW-TV (6.80) 5.94-6.12 MHz.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Ghassan Tabet in Lebanon reports that Telepiu did not stop transmissions
on transponder 4, 11.283 Ghz, V, just has new parameters: SR 27.500, FEC

The signal contains X1, X2, X3, X4, X5 and X6, whereby X1 and X3 are
Telepiu Promotional channels. X2 is a Canal Satellite (Astra) Promo and
channels X4 to X6 are encrypted

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
A new digital signal from TV Polonia was observed by Ghassan Tabet in
Lebanon on 11.452 GHz, H. It is called "TV Warsovia" and uses MPEG-2
parameters SR 6.111, FEC 3/4. The station re-broadcasts transmissions of
TV Polonia during the night.

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
Transponder 111X-A, 10.967 GHz, V, and transponder 73A, 11.136 GHz, V,
have no testcard and carrier at the time. The double featured
transmissions of Channel 2 continue, even after the re-start of Channel
2 on Amos 1, 4 West.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
After just have been relocated yesterday, the Amos test card is again
been moved: now from transponder 5U, 11.596 GHz, V, to transponder 5L,
11.552 GHz, V, and again without audio subcarrier.

However today the reason is more obvious; On transponder 5U, 11.596 GHz,
V, appeared Israels Commercial Channel 2, with audio subcarriers on 6.60
and 7.02 MHz, with twice a mono signal for the TV sound.

The three known Israeli channels on satellite are now again receivable
from a single position: 4 West. The double feature of Channel 2 on the
Intelsat 707 is still present, but common sense tells us that this will
be timely limited.

SAT-MidEast Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
Two minor remarks: This has been the 100. SAT-Observations report since
the start of the service last October. Also today it is exactly three
month's ago that the first pages of the SAT-MidEast services on SAT-NET
were published.
It is unfortunate that the Middle East region is still so underdeveloped
in all kind of communications services, a lot of potential is available
and waits just to be activated.

I myself can only play a minor part, it's more up to all of us to wake
the sleeping giant. Keep being active, talk and write about it, share
you're hobby with others, submit your observations and potential news;
only together we are strong. May the force be with you.....

Best regards,

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

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