SAT Observations 97.05.22

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- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
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- ISkyB testing
- ANN Promos
- Bits & Pieces

The honours for this peace of work should really go to
CL, the Winner of Today !

ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.html
WorldNet started officially on 3.880 GHz, H, in PAL, Free-To-Air.
(Info kindly submitted by A.Bedrosian via SATCO-DX)

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai3.html
After testing at 87.5 deg East the satellite is now moving to its final
position and last located at 77.40 East by J.P. Donnio, Tag's
Broadcasting Services: http://www.tele-satellit.com/tse/

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
ISkyB promotions can be observed on the following seven transponder
frequencies: 12.264, 12.326, 12.386, 12.451 GHz, Vertical, 12.356,
12.416, and 12,481 GHz, Horizontal, in MPEG-2, with SR 20000 and FEC 
1/2, on the Indian Ku-Spotbeam.

The planned program line-up includes ESPN, Star Sports, Sky Events, Sky
Drama, Sky Premiere Movies, Hallmark Entertainment, The Computer
Channel, CNBC, NBC Asia, Bloomberg Tv, Channel V, Sun TV, Discovery
Channel, Star World, Sun Music, Sun Movies, Granada TV, and Star Plus
International. No services have started yet.
(Info kindly submitted by Mark Long via SATCO-DX)

INTELSAT 704, 66 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i704.html
The correct PIDs for the french bouquet on 4.055 GHz, Rc, are as
0078 - 0082: CFI
00DC - 00E6: CFI Pro 1 (four hours only) & MCM  (encrypted)
0140 - 014A: Route 66 feeds
(Info kindly submitted P.Jallon via SATCO-DX)

INTELSAT 801, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
The last launched Intelsat is now at 62 degrees East, after beeing
tested at 47 East. (Info kindly submitted by J.P. Donnio, Tag's
Broadcasting Services) http://www.tele-satellit.com/tse/

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
------------- http://www.satcodx.com/dig/orbiti703.html
Viva Cinema (at night) and Channel V International (during daytime) are
sharing channel 27 of the Orbit Network package.
(Info kindly submitted by P.Poole via SATCO-DX)

Star Plus International (Orbit Channel 23) changed its name to Star
World a while ago, as it did recently also on Asiasat 1 at 105 East.
With these changes, Star Select announced on-screen, the increase of the
subscription price from $20 to $26 per month.
(Info kindly submitted by K.Aldoseri via SATCO-DX)

TURKSAT 1C, 42 East, http://www.satcodx.com/t1c.html
Flash TV (Turkey) has started on transponder 8L, 11.129 GHz, V, in
MPEG-2 using a SR of 4268, FEC 3/4, VPID 0021, APID 0022.

ARABSAT 2B, 30 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Despite the previous announcement to move May 21st to Asiasat 2 on 100.5
East, BAZTAB could still be observed on both transponder 17 and 19,
4.085 and 4.126 GHz, Rc, resp.

Transmissions on the Asiasat 2 could have been seen on transponder 2B,
3.680 GHz, H, unfortunately I do not have a direct sight onto this

EUTELSAT II-F3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
Italian "Magic TV" has started on 12.572 GHz, H, MPEG-2, Free-To-Air, SR
11264, FEC 3/4, VPID 05B4, APID 058C, 19:00-09:30 CEST.

Turkish broadcaster Klas FM has replaced Number One FM on 12.599 GHz, V,
on APID 0022 and Number One FM has moved to APID 0023.
(Last info kindly submitted by B.Prince via SATCO-DX)

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Fashion TV, a thematic french channel devoted exclusivly to "fashion and
haute couture" on transponder 5, 11.308 GHz, V, started officially on 14
May, and is a Free-To-Air channel with SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 0123,
APID 0133.
(Info kindly submitted by Richard Karlsson and Marcello Berengo Gardin)

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Promotional feeds for ANN (Arabic News Network), have replaced the
AB-SAT promotional channel on transponder 52, 11.766 GHz, H, in PAL,
Free-To-Air, with an audio subcarrier on 6.60 MHz.
Neither an official startdate nor the origine of the channel was
disclosed yet.
(Info kindly submitted by Mamdouh Taher, Amir Diab)

The start of ANN Promo may explain why this transponder has been
switched over to the widebeam, a month ago!
(Info kindly submitted by Ghassan Tabet)
AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
An MPEG2 signal could be observed on 11.090 GHz, V, with unknown
parameters. No video or audio could be detected.
(Info kindly submitted by Ghassan Tabet)

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
CFI on 3.766 GHz, Rc, will switch to MPEG-2 and will be encrypted in
Viaccess from June 1st. The same encryption system is used for the "Club
601" package on 3.650 GHz, Rc.
(Info kindly submitted by P.Jallon via SATCO-DX)

ARIANE LAUNCH UPDATES,  http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
V097	03/06/97	44L	Insat 2D, Inmarsat III-F4
V098	24/06/97	44P	Intelsat 802
V099	20/07/97	44L	Hot Bird 3, Meteosat 7
V100	22/08/97	44L	Sirius 2, Indostar 1
V096	xx/09/97	44P	Panamsat 6
V101	xx/10/97	44P	Intelsat 803
TELSTAR LAUNCH,  http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Telstar 5 will be launched with a Proton on May 24rd, 20:00-20:10 CEST.
Live coverage for the USA will be broadcast on Telstar 4, 3.720 GHz, V.
As these pictures will have to be transmitted to the T4, do check for
east and westwards feeds.
(Info kindly submitted by The TVRO Source via SATCO-DX)

Best regards,

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