SAT-MidEast 98.01.02

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-- SAT-MidEast Intern
-- Launch Information
-- Editorials
-- Transponder Info
-- Bits & Pieces

SAT-MidEast Intern: http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
Cairo, February 27, 1998. After having lived through adventurous, but
quite unexpected experiences in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, I have
returned to my old residence in Cairo, however for the time being
without a fixed day-job. :-))

In order to update the information kept on the Sat-MidEast website,
providing a chronological series of satellite and transponder events, I
have decided to send out the past SAT-Observations in one go, but as
week-separated issues with a relative low content of commentory, more
plain facts. The titel has also noticable changed from
"SAT-Observations" to "SAT-MidEast".

Be aware that after this report, several more back-issues will arrive to
your mailbox; all with OLDER INFORMATION, in chronological order, dated
from the seven days prior to the date mentioned in the titel:
>From the reports dated March the infos become actual news.

Thank you for your understanding and prooven patience.
It's good to be back.

Henk C. Room - Webmaster

LAUNCH INFORMATION, http://www.satcodx.com/launches.shtml
Asiasat 3 was launched with Proton on 24 December, at 01:19 CAT, but
after about six hours, a malfunction occurred during a second effort to
switch on its booster system. After failing to attain a circular orbit,
the Asiasat 3 is now gradually heading back to earth, rotating in a
elliptical orbit.

The two Yamal 100 satellites will be launched with Proton in second half
of 1998, to be located at 19.5 West and 75 East.

Planned locations for some INTELSAT satellites, which will mainly
replace Intelsat 6 satellites:

Intelsat 901 - 60.0 East
Intelsat 902 - 62.0 East
Intelsat 903 - 24.5 West
Intelsat 904 - 34.5 West

THAICOM 3, 78.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/thai78.shtml
The Thai TV 5 Global Network test package is on 3.640 GHz, H, as well as
3.480 GHz, H, same line-up and parameters.

The test card on 3.425 GHZ, V has ceased.

APSTAR 2R, 76.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/apstar2r.shtml
The Mongolian MPEG-2 package on transponder 6A, 3.840 GHz, H was only
transmitting for a few days to honour the 50-year anniversary of the
Mongolian  inner-state.

AXN is testing on transponder 8A, 3.920 GHz, H, MPEG-2/coded, SR 28330,
FEC 7/8, line-up: AXN Taiwan, AXN Asia, Channel 1 and Channel 2.
[same package as on Apstar 1A: 4.060 GHz, V]

INTELSAT 804, 64 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i804.shtml
Intelsat 804 has entered geostationary orbit at 44 East, and has been
tested at this position for several weeks.

INTELSAT 703, 57 East, http://www.satcodx.com/i703.shtml
Khabar TV has ceased on 11.630 GHz, H, it was replaced by occasional

TURKSAT 1B, 31 East, http://www.satcodx.com/turk1b.shtml
Best TV started on 11.027 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 4550, FEC 5/6, PIDs

Kanal A in MPEG-2 has left 10.995 GHz, H.

HOT BIRD 3, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb3.shtml
Transponder 70, 12.111 GHz, V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 (TeleSpazio Package)
	00C8{200}/00C9{201} TVE Internacional
	00D2{210}/00D3{211} TVE 24-Horas
	00DC{220}/00DD{221} Onyx (in German, with only one audio channel)
	00E6{230}/00E7{231} Test Card "Fucino E/S" with audiowave

Transponder 75, 12.207 GHz, H, SR 5.631, FEC 7/8 (Pro TV package)
	0488{1160}/0460{1120}   Channel One (Test Card "Acasa TV Test")
	1FFF{8191}/04C4{1220}   Channel two (No Video, Audio "Pro TV")
	0488{1160}/0460{1120}   A copy of Channel One (Test Card "Acasa TV")

SME Comment: if VPID on channel two set to 04EC{1260}, which follows
the PID logic, there is no reception either.

Transponder 84, 12.379 GHz, V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 (FT Globecast package)
	0BCE{3022}/0BD8{3032}   Colourbar Test Card "SERTE PARIS" with
	0BCF{3023}/0BD9{3033}   Colourbar Test Card (disturbance since 24
	(Change in test card only !)

Transponder 78, 12.265 GHz, V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 (Deutsche Bank
	0550{1360}/0528{1320}   Philips Test Card "Usingen TVCSM" with
	(Change in test card only !)

Deutsche Telekom testet on transponder 76, 12.226 GHz, V, SR 27.500, FEC

HOT BIRD 2, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb2.shtml
RAI International and Classica Radio have left 11.804 GHz, V, where they
were temporary for the X-mas holidays.
FD Auditorium has changed PIDs from 02A2{674} to 0299{665}.

Animal Planet has started on superbeam 11.958 GHz, V, PIDs
Cartoon Network has English audio on APID: 005D{93}.
The Discovery Channel has English audio on APID: 0069{105}.

The Match Music package has started on 12.034 GHz, V, superbeam with 20
audio channels, all encrypted. The complete line-up is available on the
SATCO-DX HB2 chart.

MM - Multi Musica has started with four additional audio channels, now
on 11.958 GHz, V, all encrypted. See the SATCO-DX HB2 chart for more

Hardcore channel SCT - Satisfaction Club TV - ceased unexpected
transmissions on 11.977 GHz, H. Between 01.00 and 05.00 CAT only the
Polonia 1 test card can be received.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.shtml
Thai TV 5 Global Network started regular transmissions on 31/12/97 on
11.248 GHz, H, MPEG-2/clear, SR 5.632, FEC 3/4, PIDs
0456{1110}/04BB{1211}, initially without audio.

SIRIUS 2, 5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/sirius2.shtml
RIK on 12.265 GHz, H (also on Eutelsat II-f4-M at 11.141 GHz, H) has
been renamed to "Cyprus Sat". Transmissions on E2f4-M will cease on

The signal of DK4 on "Star TV" at 12.380 GHz, H, has been replaced by a
nerving white flickering on the screen with a single partial line
somewhere on the screen.

INTELSAT 803, 21.3 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i803.shtml
Intelsat 803 has replaced Intelsat 515 at 21.3 West. The Intelsat 515
will be put in motion to 37.5 West, whereby a temporary halt at 29.5
West should be assumed.

BFBS TV has started on 4.082 GHz, R, MPEG-2/coded, SR 6398, FEC 1/2,
with these radio channels (all in clear): BFBS World 1, BFBS Falklands &
BFBS World 2, APID: 00B1{177}, BFBS Belize & BFBS World 3, APID:
00B2{178} and BFBS Cyprus (Stereo), APID: 00B3{179}.

Whereby BFBS World 1 is added to the TV signal: PIDs 00A0{160}/00B0{176}
(it is also stored there)!

INTELSAT 605, 27.5 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i605.shtml
When Intelsat 801 replaces the Intelsat 605, it will move to 29,5 West
and replace Intelsat 515, which is temporary positioned in that slot.

Some new Mediamaster Software can be found at following URL:


The "Dream" firmware enhancements has been developed by a Dutch Company
	C&J Electronics
	Lange Singelstraat 110b
	3112 EG Schiedam
	The Netherlands
	Tel.  +31 10 4735703
	Fax. +31 10 4738641

Further info on their software can be found at:
Downloading and use of the forementioned software is solely on your own
No recomendations are given other then the use of official NOKIA
software, downloadable from the Nokia web site.

Best regards,

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