SAT Observations 97.04.21
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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.04.21 REPORT:
- Heavenly Flight
- BAZTAB info
- Cyprus on Sirius 2
- NOKIA expands IRD selection
- Bits & Pieces
The first launch of a satellit from European "soil" took place
succesfull today, when a Pegasus rocket was launched off the coast of
Spain, carrying a 'Minisat" and 24 tiny containers with human remains.
Family members of the unfortunate crew had to pay a 4800 US$ to get them
into a temporary orbit, where they could stay as short as 18 month or
long as 10 years, before re-entering the earth's atmosphere and, in a
last glow, light up the evening sky. (it's a kind of poetic thought,
It was said that, among others, ashes of LSD-Guru Timothy Leary and
"Star Trek" producer Gene Roddenberry got onto this eternal flight.
The well known producer of communications hard- and software NOKIA has
extended its range of Mediamaster digital IRD's. Several models are now
offered in versions for Europa, Asia, with or without CAM modules,
upgradeable at times.
An interesting information page can be found on NOKIA's www.site,
describing the various models and their capabilities. Take a look there
before investing any kind of money in a digital receiver/decoder, you
could buy the wrong one! (as I did a year ago...)
In the Middle East it is advisable to have at least a Ku and C-band
capable model, which recognizes Symbol Rates from 2-45000 and the
ability to enter the VPID's and APID's (Video and Audio Program
Several Russian GORIZONTS & EXPRESS satellites, on various positions,
got tested last night and today early morning. Program transmissions
were absent during this time.
Observed: E2 on 14 West, G26 on 11 West, G31 on 40 East, G32 on 53 East,
E6 on 80 East.
The depending channels on Intelsat 703, 57 East: Kazakh TV and Khabar TV
on transponder 69A & 69B, resp. 11.602 GHz, H, and 11.650 GHz, H, were
EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
Yesterday Russian channel TV3 returned to good video and audio quality,
but today no transmissions could be seen at all.
The transmissions of channels TV6 and AST was received as good as usual.
PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
On 4.040 GHz, H, could yesterday a transmission of kick-boxing be
observed, accompanied in a, for me, undefined far-eastern language,
up-linked from the Netherlands. On audio subcarrier 6.60 was a
commentary signal, on 7.02 the natural sound carrier.
ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
The regular BAZTAB transmissions on transponder 17, 4.085 GHz, Rc, are
feeded throught the ORION 1 satellite on 37.5 West, in order to take the
hop from the US to Europe, using normally transponder 12, 12.685 GHz, H,
but on four days it will be on transponder 2.
Those dates are 26 April, 3 ,21 & 22 of May. The satellite capacaties
from the US to Europe, after May 31th are not booked yet, but it will
most likely be on TDRSS.
This detailed information was kindly supplied by Howard Fine, CA, USA
HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
On transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, V, widebeam, ceased the promotional
channel of AB-Sat, for the second time in a relative short period.
SIRIUS 2, 5 East, t.b.l., http://www.satcodx.com/launches.html
The government of Cyprus has signed a deal with GE Capital
Satellites-Europe, a subsidiary of GE American Communications, Inc. (GE
Americom) for satellite transmission services on the new Sirius 2
The Sirius 2 satellite is scheduled to be launched with Arianespace
flight V100 from French Guiana in August of this year and be operational
in orbit around six to eight weeks later.
The satellite has 16 Ku-band transponder(V) targetted to the Nordic
hemisphere and another 16 Ku-band transponder(H) on a Pan-European foot
print. The beam does cover the Mediterranean territories, including
Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt's Delta, but not the Saudi Arabian
Peninsula and the Gulf states.
A foot print map for the European Wide beam is already available on:
No details of the services to be carried on the satellite, or the number
of transponders signed for, were given but a press release noted the
satellite will be used, "to deliver programming throughout Europe, as
well as to deliver programming channels to viewers within the island
SIRIUS 2 TXPR PLAN:
Horizontal = European Wide Beam Vertical = North/Central Europe Beam
Tp Pol GHz Tp Pol GHz
01 H 11,72748 02 V 11,74666
03 H 11,76684 10 V 11,90010
19 H 12,07272 20 V 12,09190
21 H 12,11108 22 V 12,13026
23 H 12,14944 24 V 12,16862
25 H 12,18780 26 V 12,20698
27 H 12,22616 28 V 12,24534
29 H 12,22616 30 V 12,28370
31 H 12,30288 32 V 12,32206
33 H 12,34124 34 V 12,36042
35 H 12,37960 36 V 12,39878
37 H 12,41796 38 V 12,43714
39 H 12,45632 40 V 12,47550
6 txpr only on the North/Central European beam:
41 H 12,64582 42 V 12,60416
43 H 12,68748 44 V 12,64582
45 H 12,72914 46 V 12,68748
Information used (c)TELE-satellit 1997. All rights reserved.
AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Transponder 3L on 11.131 GHz, V, was used frequently for IBA feeds on
the last two days. Audio could be heard from a subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.
PANAMSAT 3-R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
Frequency 12.605 GHz, H, was used yesterday for a soccer feed by British
Telecom Broadcasting Services from BT Tower, London. Audio subcarriers
were available on 6.60 and 7.20 MHz, whereby the last frequency carried
the station message.
The permanent PAL testcard on 12.699 GHz, V, was exchanged today for one
in NTSC on 12.701 GHz, H.
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