SAT Observations 97.08.22

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THE HEADLINES IN THIS 97.08.22 REPORT: (The return of the Yedi..)

- Launch Information
- Intelsat Info
- Eutelsat Info
- Amos Info
- Bits & Pieces

LAUNCH INFO, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
The launch of PanAmSat-5, originally planned for August 23, has been
postponed by several days to August 28. 
Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported that one of the satellite's
antennas had been damaged and needed to be replaced. A team sent from
the USA by the satellite's manufacturer, Hughes, took up their efforts
to repair the spacecraft. The repairs are expected to take no more than
five days. 
PAS-5 is to be put into orbit by a Russian Proton-K rocket utilising a
DM3 acceleration block, which in effect acts as a fourth stage.

The difficulties reported with the launch of Eutelsat's Hot Bird 3,
scheduled for the night from 2 to 3 September were a misinterpretation
of a recieved press report. Eumetsat confirms that the Meteosat 7 will
be launched together with the Hot Bird 3 and all integration procedures
go ahead as scheduled.
ASIASAT 2, 100.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/asia2.html
The Hallmark Channel on 3.940 GHz, V, has VPID: 4020, and APID: 4021.

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
Asia Television Network (ATN) on 4.155 GHz, H, disappeared suddenly.
Earlier on the same day other networks had also problems with the
uplink, in both video and audio. Some drop-outs could be noticed.

Salim S. Khan from Manila, Phillipes was various times told by ATN
management that the transmission were to resume in short with increased
downlink frequency (whatever that may be: higher power or higher
Unfortunately ATN did not re-appear on PAS-4 until now.

EXPRESS 6, 80 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e6.html
Unconfirmed reports say CNN International will start on Express 6
according to announcements in the STS package on Gorizont 32.

INTELSAT 801, 62 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i801.html
The IRIB tests on 11.128 GHz, V are, contrary to earlier reports, still

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.html
A very strong carrier was again detected in Cairo on 11.112 GHz, H.
Reception reports from South-Western Sweden confirm a very high signal
A possible reason for these tests could not be determined yet.

TURKSAT 1B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1b.html
Kanal A has started on 10.993 GHz, H, in MPEG-2, with a SR of 4556, and
a FEC of 5/6, and VPID: 4021, APID: 4022.

ARABSAT 2A, 26 East, http://www.satcodx.com/arab2a.html
Al-Jazeera SNG from Iraq was found at 12.505 GHz, H with a SR of 4800
and a FEC of 3/4
(Ghassan Tabet)

The feeds in MPEG-2 on transponder 13L, 3.977 GHz, LC, mostly have a SR
of 5926, and a FEC of 3/4, and VPID: 4134, APID: 4100.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
Eurotica Rendez Vous will continue in PAL/Videocrypt on this satellite
even after the switch to D2-MAC/Eurocrypt on Hot Bird 2 on August 25th.

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.html
The switch to D2-MAC/Eurocrypt for Eurotica Rendez Vous is delayed from
18 to 25 August due to technical problems.
(SME, source: on-screen message)

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Kurdish Med-TV extended their broadcasting hours remarkably. From August
20th MED-TV starts at 08:00 CAT on transponder 25L, 10.972 GHz, V.

AMOS 1, 4 West, http://www.satcodx.com/amos1.html
Israel has stopped the Farsi broadcasts of Sima-yeh Moghavemat (Vision
of Resistance) on the Middle East beam of the country's indigenous Amos
satellite that reportedly incited violence against Iran's new

Israeli officials said they stopped the broadcasts in part as a gesture
to the new Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, who is regarded as a
moderate. "The broadcasts contained incitement [to violence] and
anti-Iranian speeches of the worst sort you can imagine," as a spokesman
for Israel's Foreign Ministry admitted. Funnily enough, the government
did not even know from where the broadcasts originated: "We understood
that this is one of the opposition organisations operating from
somewhere in Europe." 

The whole operation wasn't too clever, anyway: "The suspicion was the
Iranians would think this was an Israeli operation or a government
operation which was of course not the case," an unnamed Israeli official
told a news agency. 

 Copyright 1997 by Sat-ND

LUCH 1, 16 West, http://www.satcodx.com/luch1.html
This week, there were very strong signals from Russian Spacestation Mir
on 10.830 GHz, R. Seen with a dish of 240 cm in Meppen (Germany), there
were almost no sparklies. 

SME Comment: I could not find confirmation in Cairo yet.
The spotbeam on Western-Europe is just including Cairo, Israel and the
whole Barbary Coast, but not the Arabian peninsula. 

PANAMSAT 3R, 43 West, http://www.satcodx.com/pas3r.html
All Turner channels on 3.785 GHz, RC, have left and the transponder has
been re-occupied with digital transmissions in MPEG-2, PowerVu,
Free-To-Air, from CCTV 1 through 5, using a SR of 30800 and a FEC of

It is not clear if the CCTV package on 4.147 GHz, V, has been moved or
if this is an alternative bouquet. The 3.785 GHz, RC frequency cannot be
received in Cairo. The signal strenght of transmissions on 4.147 GHz, V,
however has not changed, actually been quit stable in a very high
(relative) figure for over half a year.

I personnaly have not been able to get a grip on any video or audio from
this transponder, the signal is recognized however by the Mediamaster,
but messes quite a bit with other packages PID's.

SAT-MidEast Intern, http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
If there is anybody wondering about this submission of the SAT-MidEast
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