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Atlantic analog satellite channels

Intelsat K @ 21.5 west Ku-band

Channel Service
1 VYVX uplink test
3 Deutsche Welle TV
8 Reuters feeds
9 Occ feeds
12 Dubai TV

Intelsat @ 27.5 west C-band

10 Color bars
14 ABC London
15 Worldnet
16 ITN/feeds

Hispasat @ 30 west Ku-band

50 TVE International

Orion 1 @ 37.5 west Ku-band

5 Occ feeds
9 Test slate
17 Occ feeds
39 Occ feeds
40 Occ feeds
44 Occ feeds
50 Occ feeds

TDRS @ 41 west C-band

13 EPT

PAS-3R Ku @ 43 west

5 Occ feeds
6 Occ feeds
11 Occ feeds
12 Occ feeds
32 Occ feeds
33 Occ feeds
38 Occ feeds
50 Occ feeds
52 Occ feeds

PAS-1 Ku @ 45 west

2 Occ feeds
4 Occ feeds

PAS-5 C @ 58 west

23 Color bars

  The Ku channel numbers are using the KA, KB, or KC satellite format, and the C-band channel numbers are standard 24 channel format.

Intelsat K
Channel Frequency Transponder Bandwidth Polarity Services
1 11.7215 1L 27 H
2 11.7350 1F 54 H Deutsche Welle TV 
3 11.7485 1U 27 H
4 11.7815 2L 27 H
5 11.7950 2F 54 H
6 11.8085 2U 27 H
7 11.8415 3L 27 H Reuters feeds
8 11.8550 3F 54 H
9 11.8685 3U 27 H Occ feeds
10 11.9015 4L 27 H
11 11.9150 4F 54 H
12 11.9285 4U 27 H Dubai TV

 

Hispasat
Channel Frequency Transponder Bandwidth Polarity Service
1 12.016 - - V Digital DVB
2 12.080 - - V TVE International

 

Orion-1
Channel Frequency Transponder Bandwidth Polarity Service
1 11.7145 18A 27 H -
2 11.7415 18B 27 H -
3 11.7775 19A 27 H Occ feeds
4 11.8045 19B 27 H -
5 11.8405 20A 27 H -
6 11.8675 20B 27 H Occ feeds
7 11.9035 21A 27 H -
8 11.9305 21B 27 H -
9 11.9645 22A 27 H -
10 11.9915 22B 27 H -
11 12.0275 23A 27 H -
12 12.0545 23B 27 H -
13 12.0905 24A 27 H -
14 12.1175 24B 27 H Occ feeds
15 12.1535 25A 27 H -
16 12.1805 25B 27 H -
17 11.7145 26A 27 V -
18 11.7415 26B 27 V -
19 11.7775 27A 27 V -
20 11.8045 27B 27 V -
21 11.8540 28 36 V Occ feeds
22 11.8855 29 36 V Occ feeds
23 11.9260 30 36 V -
24 11.9645 31A 27 V Occ feeds
25 11.9915 31B 27 V -
26 12.0275 32A 27 V -
27 12.0545 32B 27 V -
28 12.0905 33A 27 V Occ feeds
29 12.1175 33B 27 V -
30 12.1535 34A 27 V -
31 12.1805 34B 27 V -

 

PAS-3R
Channel  Frequency  Transponder  Bandwidth  Polarity  Service 
11.715  36  Occ feeds 
11.745  36  Occ feeds 
11.7755  4L  27  Occ feeds 
11.8025  4U  27  Occ feeds 
11.835  Occ feeds 
11.8990  8L  36  Occ feeds 
11.9290  8U  36  Occ feeds 
12.085  27  Occ feeds 
12.112  27  Occ feeds 

 

PAS-1
Channel Frequency Transponder Bandwidth Polarity Service
1 11.724 22A 36 H Occ feeds
2 11.760 22B 36 H Occ feeds
3 11.804 23A 36 H SCPC
4 11.840 23B 36 H Digital SCPC
5 11.884 24A 36 H Digital MCPC
6 11.920 24B 36 H Digital SCPC

 

Scanning the Eastern Sky


Starting all over to the east, if you live on the east coast, you can see all the way down to 1 degrees west.  Here you will find an Intelsat satellite, that sometimes have some programming on C-band.  Next, you will find two French satellites at 5 and 8 degrees west.  There used to be a couple of active transponders on each satellite, but might have gone digital.  But, when there is an Ariane launch, the live feed will originate from one of these satellites in analog.  Next, you will find two Russian satellites, Ghorizont and Express at 11 and 14 degrees.  There is not much on Ghorizont, but Express has a few channels, at least one Russian and RTP (Portugal) can be found on this satellite.  On all the satellites mentioned so far, a 12 foot dish is good to have, or a 10 foot dish with a circular feed.

Next, you get to the part of the sky which I can receive.  Intelsat K at 21.5 west is a strong Ku-band satellite.  It currently carries Deutsche Welle TV, Brightstar/Reuters feeds, and Dubai TV.  A 5 foot dish works good.

At 27.5 west, you will find an Intelsat satellite.  This is the most active Intelsat over the eastern sky.  You will find analog feeds from ABC London, NBC, Worldnet, ITN feeds, and some digital programming from France and CNN. You would need at least a 10 foot dish, or a 8.5 foot dish with a circular feed to watch this satellite.  For a short while, the satellite was replaced with a newer generation satellite, and I got noise free signal on ABC London with a 8.5 foot dish and a linear feed!  Unfortunately, the older satellite was put back in service with lower power levels.

The hottest satellite in the east is the Hispasat Ku satellite at 30 degrees west.  It has only two transponders, one analog and one digital.  Both transponders will be digital early 1998.  Even a 3 foot dish works good with this satellite.  The satellite is owned by Spain, and all programming is from Spain, in Spanish.

Moving further west, you can find Orion-1, a Ku-band satellite at 37.5 west. There is currently one active analog transponder, a test signal.  The satellite also has many full time digital transmissions, and you can find many special feeds in both PAL and NTSC.  Signal levels will vary, but is generally a powerful satellite.  A 4 foot dish usually works good.

Next, you will find TDRS at 41 west.  This is an old NASA satellite with some C-band transponders covering Europe and the US with one beam!  It has some digital signals, and currently one full time analog signal, EPT.  This is a rather weak satellite, so a 10 foot dish is good to have, but does give usable results on a 8.5 foot dish.

PAS-3 is located at 43 west.  It's a dual band satellite, but the C-band footprint is covering southern US and South America.  It has several beams on Ku, with one covering Conus (US).  At full power, the satellite is quite powerful on Ku-band.  It is mostly used for feeds from Europe, in both analog PAL and NTSC, and in digital.  The C-band is mostly for S.America.  A minimum of 4 feet for US Ku-band is needed for full transponders.

It's neighbor, PAS-1 is located at 45 degrees west.  It's an older dual band satellite, with C-band going to S.America only, and with a Conus (US) beam.  There are currently only two analog transponders with news feeds, and the rest are digital transponders.  A 5 foot dish is the minimum for this satellite on Ku-band.

The new PAS-5 is located at 58 west.  The Ku-band is a DBS service to S.America, so only C-band is active over the US.  The C-band foot print is huge, with coverage even all the way to Europe on the same transponder!  The signals are not as powerful as domestic satellites because of the huge foot print, but a 8.5 foot dish gives (just) a noise free signal.   Currently, there are only a few analog signals, but the satellite has quite a few digital signals.  The digital signals are mostly, if not all, in MPEG2/DVB format.   You will also find some digital PAL signals going to Argentina.

This is a list of the most active satellites over the Atlantic ocean (AOR).  You will also find older Intelsat satellites that might have one or two active/part time transponders.  But the signals are so weak that unless you have a 12 foot dish with a circular feed, you will not be able to receive them.