SAT Observations 97.06.20

A news release from Cairo, Egypt, located at 30.3 North - 31.15 East,
- Satellite and Transponder Observations in C- and Ku-Band,
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- Ariane 5 Launch
- Intelsat Slots
- Intelsat 801 reports
- Gorizont replacement
- Bits & Pieces

LAUNCH INFO, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
The launch window for the Intelsat 802 launch on 26 June is 01:45-02:41
(Info kindly submitted by The TVRO Source via SATCO-DX)

SME Comment: The noted startdate will be June 25th, due to the time-zone
difference to Kourou, French Guyana.

The ARABSAT BSS1 is being manufactured by France's Aérospatiale and will
be ready for an Arianespace launch at the beginning of 1999.
It will carry 20 Ku-band channels for broadcasting digital TV in the BSS
band (hence the sat-name), covering the Arab world and Europe, using a
total of 6.200 Watts of power, with an expected down-link EIRP of 44.5
to 48.5 dBW at the center of the beam.
The satellite will have an operational lifetime of 15 years and will be
co-located with the Arabsat 2A at 26 East.
The launch campaign for the second Ariane-5 flight started four days ago
after the European and the French space agencies, ESA and CNES, had
given green light following the Flight Readiness Review held on June 5
and 6. The target date for Ariane 502 flight now is the end of September
this year. According to an ESA/CNES press release, this is what is going
to happen:

"Over the next few weeks, mechanical, fluid and electrical integration
of the cryogenic main stage, the solid booster stage, the vehicle
equipment bay and the upper stage of the launcher will be proceeding in
the Launcher Integration Building, while preparatory work will be under
way in the Final Assembly Building on the upper composite: the Speltra,
the fairing and the payload made up of two technological instrument
platforms, Maqsat H and B and two satellites: Teamsat (a satellite
flying five European technology experiments and Amsat P3D (an
international radio amateur satellite)."

"Meanwhile, various tests, flight program functional simulations in
particular, will be continuing in Europe. These various operations are
planned to lead to integration of the upper composite and filling of the
upper stage and the attitude control system with propellant."

 Copyright by Sat-ND, http://www.sat-net.com/pck/

Intelsat had a meeting in Washington on 11 June, where this info was
decided/announced, according to a news release:

* Intelsat 801 is said to be in prober orbit at 64 East (64 East)
  [SATCO-DX comment: This satellite is actually at 62 East, 
   NOT at 64 East!]

* Intelsat 802 will still be located at 174 East, to launch on 25 June.

* Intelsat 803 will be located at 21.3 West, to replace Intelsat 515,
  which in turn will replace Intelsat 506 at 31.5 West.
  The present announced Ariane V100 launch date is 18 September 1997.
SME Comment: The Intelsat 803 will cover the Middle East not only with
its global beam, there is also a Hemisperic beam with a peak EIRP of
38.8 dBW, an Zone beam with a peak EIRP of 42.6 dBW and above that the
Ku-band S2 spot beam with an estimated peak EIRP of 51.1 dBW. The S2
beam covers all of Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, the KSA, Yemen, and
the Gulf States, including Oman.

For a footprint map see: http://www.intelsat.int/cmc/info/803maps.htm

It's a valid replacement for the (soon to be disabled) Ku spot beam on
the Intelsat 707. No leases on the new 803 satellite are yet disclosed.

* Intelsat 804 to be located at the brand new position at 29.5 West,
  to serve the African continent
  The two Intelsat 804 Ku spotbeams are both centered over South Africa.

For a footprint map see: http://www.intelsat.int/cmc/info/804maps.htm

* Intelsat 805 to be located at 55.5 West, not 33.0 East.
  It will provide voice/data and video services to Latin America.

* Intelsat 806 to be located at 40.5 West.
  Also mainly providing services to the Americas with an European
* Two Intelsat 9 satellites are scheduled to launch in 2000.
(Info by The TVRO Source via SATCO-DX, source: Intelsat)

In the United Arab Emirates, Al-Thurayya Space Communication Co. has
been formally established as a joint-stock company with a capital of
91.75 million dirhams (US$25 million). It will be in charge of
designing, developing, manufacturing, and operating the planned
telecommunications satellite system THURAYYA.

The largest single shareholder is Etisalat, the United Arab Emirates'
state-owned communications provider with 34.5 percent, followed by the
Abu Dhabi Investment Co., ADIC, which will hold 20 percent. Other
shareholders include Arabsat, the Bahrain Telecommunications Authority,
Kuwait Mobile Communications, and the Qatar Public Communications Corp.,
with 10 percent each. Dubai Investment Co. will hold 5 percent, and
Daticon of Germany 0.5 percent. 

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ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.html
Baztab has started on 3.680 GHz, H (Wed-Sun 19:45-21:00 CAT).
(Source: Baztab Production Center, CA, Mr. Howard Fine)

When Baztab closes down at 21 CAT, Mahuga Hadeen TV starts transmitting
for an hour on the same transponder: 3.680 GHz, H. Mahuga Hadeen roughly
means "Vision of Resistance". The logotype consists of two CBS logotypes
imposed over each other.

The second Iranian TV channel on 3,680 H is indeed the same TV channel
as was on Intelsat 602, namely "Sima-yeh Moghavmat (Vision of
Resistance)". Sima-yeh Moghavmat, telephone and a post address in London
was shown after the transmission.
(Info kindly submitted by B.Boden via SATCO-DX)

Star TV MPEG-2 services on 3.900 GHz, V, (new !) FEC 3/4, are changing
daily, but here is the latest line-up:
TV Channel:        VPID: APID:
Star Plus Japan    0200  0281  (clear)
Star Movies Japan  0201  0284  (encrypted)
Channel V          0202  0288  (encrypted)
Sports feeds       0203  028C  (clear)
Sky News           0205  0294  (clear)

(Info kindly submitted by Peter Merrett via SATCO-DX)

INSAT 2D, 74 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i2d.html
Insat 2D is currently positoned at 73.5 East, moving towards 74.0 East.
Reception reports are as usual very welcome for new satellites!

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
BBC World is on 3.996 GHz, H, MPEG-2 Free-To-Air.

The Disney Channel on 3.980 GHz, H, is receivable without the need to
enter any PIDs.
(Info kindly submitted by S.Hammad via SATCO-DX)

As MTV Europe is supposed to be transferred into MTV UK on July 1st, it
is not yet disclosed what the plans are for the future of the identical
transmissions, part of the SHOWTIME DStv package. 
It is possible that the MTV Europe strain of programming will not cease
completely and only the Astra 1A uplink will be changed into MTV UK.

INTELSAT 602, 63 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i602.html
I received great looking analogue Italian feeds on transponder 69A,
11.515 GHz, H, spotless, sharp, audio subcarriers on 6.60 MHz & Stereo
on 7.02/7.20 MHz. Reception has much improved the last two days, over
previous feeds on this transponder.

INTELSAT 801, 62 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
Reception report with a 2 m dish, 0.8 dB LNB, no threshold:
11,174 V  IRIB TV 1  absolutely perfect
11,096 V  IRIB TV 3  absolutely perfect
10,998 V  IRIB TV 2  OK
10,964 V  IRIB TV 4  not too bad, but good with threshold
(J Rosenkvist in Stockholm, Sweden)

Reception report, with threshold:
11,174  V  IRIB TV 1  Best of all but with 50% sparklies
11,096  V  IRIB TV 3  Like IRIB 2
10,998  V  IRIB TV 2  Better than IRIB 4 but 75% sparklies
10,964  V  IRIB TV 4  Very bad signal
(D Cristaldini in Milan, Italy)

Reception report with a 3.6 m dish:
11,174  V  IRIB TV 1  Perfect Picture & Sound
11,096  V  IRIB TV 3  Perfect Picture & Sound
10,998  V  IRIB TV 2  Perfect Picture & Sound
10,964  V  IRIB TV 4  Slight DRO Speckle but otherwise perfect
(P Poole in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

In Bucharest, Romania with a 1.8 Al dish:
11,174  V  IRIB TV 1  very good quality with level 2 threshold out of 16
11,096  V  IRIB TV 3  good quality (almost sparkfree) with level 4
10,998  V  IRIB TV 2  good quality (almost sparkfree) with level 4
10,964  V  IRIB TV 4  good image, w.level 6, sparklies in the
On all channels the image is much better than on the Intelsat 602, 63
(Marcu Dan, Bucharest, Romania)

Reception quality in Cairo, Egypt, with a 240 cm solid dish, has
deteriorated during the last seven days. Only IRIB 1 on 11.174 GHz, V,
can recognizable be received.
GORIZONT 32, 53 East, http://www.satcodx.com/g32.html
The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) announced today a
joint agreement that could lead to the replacement of three Gorizont
satellites at 53 E, 90 E and 103 E, starting with Gorizont 32 at 53
These satellites are expected to be replaced by satellites that will
offer 42-48 tps both in C and Ku band! They should be in-orbit and
operational by the year 2001. A dream come true !?!
(Info from The TVRO Source via SATCO-DX)

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
Chinese exterior channel "CCTV 4" has started in MPEG-2 on the
Multichoice Hellas transponder 55, 11.823 GHz, H, SR 27500, FEC 3/4,
VPID 0206, APID 02C6.

Since the recent encryption and Greek additions of channels (Mega TV,
ET-1 etc.) became this package , including the promotional channel,
invisible for me.
The addition of CCTV 4, which is presently accesible without ANY
problems (no need even for PID's), assures me at least the functionality
of my PANASAT 520-D receiver and the quality of the received signals
from Eutelsat's Hot Bird 2.

>From the received 7 channels of this package only CCTV is Free-To-Air.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
Between June 14th and June 18th Polsat 2, on 11,348 GHz, H, suffered a
broken up-link (a technical disaster, preventing the submission of
programming to the satellite). Therefore it was, for a few days, neatly
put in a noise plaster. The patient seems to have recovered these days,
but I'm actually wondering: did somebody get fired ?

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
TV 2 (Gabon) can be found on 3.850 GHz, Lc, PAL, South-East zone beam
(Info kindly submitted by E.Soupramanien via SATCO-DX)

Jamahirya Satellite Channel (Libya) using 4.022 GHz, Lc, is on the
North-Eastern beam, and not on Eastern hemisperic beam.
(Christian Lyngemark, Webmaster SATCO-DX)

Deutsche Welle is seriously considering leaving its transponder
frequency of 3.915 GHz, Rc, for a move to Intelsat 803 when available,
after a launch in September, for DTH's sake. (SME: see above Intelsat
803 info...)
(Info kindly submitted by P.Jallon via SATCO-DX)

INTELSAT 601, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i601.html
Club 601's digital bouquet is supposed to move to Intelsat 803 as soon
as it becomes available after a succesfull launch in September to 21.3
(Info kindly submitted by P.Jallon via SATCO-DX)

SAT-MidEast Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
Anybody in Cairo interested to own a Nokia Mediamaster could drop me an
e-mail. I will forward his address to an intermediate, who will then
contact you. There is a chance that a certain number of machines will be
available soon.
BTW.: I will be unable to answer details, as I'm only submitting the

Between the messages of Friday, 27 June and Friday, 18 July, no
SAT-MidEast Observations will be submitted, due to a deserved summer

Best regards,

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