SAT Observations 97.04.04
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.04.05 REPORT:
- New on Express 6
- ART TV Guide Active
- Arabsat frequency changes
- MCM unscrambled
- Bits & Pieces
EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
On frequency 3.980 GHz, Rc, several test transmissions could be
observed. At first an NTV+ movie was shown in the clear, identical to
transmissions on GALS 1 on 36 East; later news bulletins and programming
of ORT 1 was transmitted. An audio subcarrier was available at 6.60 MHz.
PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
On the ART channels 1, 3 & 4 of the 1stNet DStv Ku-band programming,
appeared some programm titling in the "TV-GUIDE". Full descriptions are
not yet made available, and all titles appear only in roman typefaces,
even in case the display language option has been set to "Arabic".
The tests on SHOWTIME Channel 21 and 22 are continuing. Contents are
TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
On 03/04/97 transponder 3, 11.658 GHz, V, on the Eurobeam has been used
for a soccer feed between Turkey and Holland in the late afternoon for
TRT. Audio subcarriers have been available on 6.65 and 7.20 MHz.
Turkey won the game :-(
ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2a.html
Transmissions of Saudi Arabia Channel 2 on transponder 13, are on a new
frequency, slightly lower as before: 3.968 GHz, Rc. Transponder 14, used
by Abu Dhabi TV has also lowered it's frequency to 3.988 GHz, Lc.
Audio subcarriers remained unaltered on both channels.
SME: These frequencies are the initial frequencies used after the launch
of Arabsat 2. They had been altered due to the inclusion of an unknown
digital signal on transponder 14, which now has been transferred to
EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
The announced transmmisions of a Finnish service on this satellite are
finally off. FTV has decided to go ahead with MPEG-2 transmissions from
Intelsat 707, on 1 West. Those will not be recivable in the Middle East.
HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
MCM Europe on transmponder 5, presently in an MPEG-2 duet on 11.304 GHz,
H, has stopped the encryption in VIACCESS, for the time being.
This means that anybody with a capable MPEG-2 FTA receiver (most
probably NOKIA) could receive the beloved channel again in the Middle
East. Basic info kindly supplied by SAT-Stefan, 03/04/97.
EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
The transmissions of the French version of the Bloomberg Information
Channel seams to have left transponder 37, on 11.575 GHz, V, or at least
changed the nature of the transmission. It's hard to tell without proper
Again a digital carrier could be observed in the afternoon on
transponder 27A, 11.138 GHz, V. Contents and transmission data unknown.
EUTELSAT II-f4-M, 7 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f4.html
The from RTS-SAT vacated transponder 22B, is now frequently in use by
the EBU, with sound in sync (SiS) transmissions for EBU-Y on 11.180 GHz,
INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
Shortly before the total dissapearance of carriers on transponder 73A,
three days ago, an empty carrier observed on 11.119 GHz, V, with medium
power. This frequency has never been in use by the IBA.
Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt
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