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IRAN: U.S. satellite feeds to Iran jammed
MSNBC news ^ | July 9, 2003 | Robert Windrem

Posted on 07/10/2003 1:07:30 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

U.S. satellite feeds to Iran jammed
May be linked to the anniversary of student uprisings
By Robert Windrem
NBC NEWS PRODUCER
NEW YORK, July 9 — U.S. government officials as well as Iranian Americans and communications satellite operators confirm that all U.S.-based satellite broadcasts to Iran are being jammed by an unknown group or individual, possibly Iranian agents operating out of Latin America.

   OVER THE PAST several months, private Iranian-American groups have begun increasing their broadcasts into Iran using Telstar-12, a communications satellite over the eastern Atlantic. All are trying to encourage protests against the regime in Tehran.
       Iranians, using small satellite dishes, have been able to receive the broadcast, whose mix of news, entertainment and exhortations to protest have gained a large audience, particularly in Tehran. Then on Sunday, the Voice of America began its Farsi-language broadcasts.
       Not long afterward, the jamming intensified.
       Over the past few days — as the fourth anniversary of the country’s most widespread protests approached — the broadcasts have been jammed, not in Iran but somewhere in the Americas, according to officials and investigators.
       
 Iranian students cancel protests
       The Farsi language broadcasts by the VOA as well as Los Angeles-based ParsTV and Appadana TV are uplinked in the United States via Telstar-5, which is over the United States. It is then turned around at the Washington International Teleport in Alexandria, Va., and uplinked again to Telstar-12 over the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
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       It is Telstar-12 that is being jammed, say investigators for companies working with the broadcasters, cutting off broadcasts not only in Iran but in Europe and the rest of the Middle East as well. In the past, the Iranian government, using high-power transmitters on towers in cities such as Tehran have been able to jam it locally. The fact that TV viewers elsewhere can’t see it was the first hint that the jamming was happening on this side of the Atlantic.
       Loral, which operates the satellite, declined comment on what it is doing in response.
       “The jamming appears to be linked to the anniversary of the student uprisings,” said one investigator for a company working with the broadcasters who preferred to remain anonymous. “It’s malicious, not a prank. For us, it began yesterday, continues today. Not only are the Iranian signals jammed, but those of other nearby broadcasters are as well. We have a Chinese client who is being jammed.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alexandriava; bushdoctrineunfold; cuba; iran; jamming; july9; latinamerica; satellitetv; studentmovement; studentprotests; warlist

1 posted on 07/10/2003 1:07:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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2 posted on 07/10/2003 1:08:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Re #1

Death to mullahs! Fry them with microwave.

3 posted on 07/10/2003 1:08:27 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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4 posted on 07/10/2003 1:10:36 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Tailgunner Joe; tet68
Hello, Navy artillery? Prepare to take a free fire location please. I'd like to call in a heavy strike at the following coordinates...
5 posted on 07/10/2003 1:16:36 AM PDT by risk
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To: risk
It may come to that!
6 posted on 07/10/2003 1:27:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Khashayar; DoctorZIn
It would be the perfect antecedant to Powell's groaning submission to the mullahs.
7 posted on 07/10/2003 1:30:41 AM PDT by risk (Allow me to retort!)
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To: risk
Cuba

And just who is the Chinese client who is being jammed - Taiwanese?

Let me guess, the Chinese elint facility on Cuba is involved.

From the article:
A representative of one of the Iranian-American broadcasters said he suspected the jamming came from Cuba, which has excellent relations with Iran, but offered no proof.

And MSNBC would not dare try to support any publishing of supporting proof, like even mentioning the advanced elint facility.

No MSNBC probably wants to set up their own facilities in Cuba and want to curry the favor of Fidel.

8 posted on 07/10/2003 2:11:46 AM PDT by flamefront (To the victor go the oils. No oil or oil-money for islamofascist weapons of mass annihilation.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
We don't take kindly to having our satellites jammed.

It shouldn't take very long to locate the source if we're serious about finding it.
9 posted on 07/10/2003 2:12:25 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: flamefront; DB

Time for BAY OF HOGS.

10 posted on 07/10/2003 2:15:27 AM PDT by risk
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; freedom44
ping

July 6th: BREAKING: Persian opposition Satellite TV jammed to Iran and Europe

11 posted on 07/10/2003 2:15:48 AM PDT by flamefront (To the victor go the oils. No oil or oil-money for islamofascist weapons of mass annihilation.)
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To: risk
I think Cuba, Venezuela helped Mullahs jam the senders.
Any update about it so far?
12 posted on 07/10/2003 3:25:24 AM PDT by Khashayar
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To: Khashayar
Just this old news, but it indicates a pattern of broadcast interference:


TV Marti is a U.S. govt.-run TV station in Miami used to promote democracy in Cuba.
It costs U.S. taxpayers almost $10 million a year to keep TV Martí going. But few — if any — Cubans see it. (ABCNEWS.com)
Newscast to Nowhere
U.S. Taxpayers Pay for a Cuban Broadcast That No One Sees

By Jeffrey Kofman
ABCNEWS.com

June 11 — It's the newscast to nowhere — courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

From http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/YourMoney/wnt_CubaTV030611.html

Fifty-five reporters, editors and producers — all U.S. government employees — work seven days a week in a television newsroom in Miami. Each day they earnestly assemble, record and broadcast 4½ hours of news and information programming in Spanish.

And no one sees it.

The intended audience is the people of Cuba.

Like those Voice of America radio broadcasts the United States used to beam across the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, TV Martí is meant to promote democracy in Communist Cuba. But since it began in 1990 the only thing it has successfully promoted is scorn here in the United States.

Because from the beginning, the Castro government has successfully blocked the TV Martí signal. It costs the Cuban government just pennies a day to operate the jamming antennas that are strategically perched on top of Havana's highest buildings.

It costs U.S. taxpayers almost $10 million a year — more than $100 million since TV Martí began — to keep broadcasting TV Martí's anti-Castro invective into the ether.

ABCNEWS Havana producer Mara Valdes checked to see if people on the streets of the Cuban capital had ever heard of the U.S.-based newscast that is produced just for them.

"No," said one man as he shook his head, "because I haven't seen it on TV."

"Never," added a woman, "because it can't be seen."

'Never Been Seen in Cuba'

"TV Martí has just never been seen in Cuba," said Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of chorus of congressmen who think TV Martí's funding should have been cut long ago. His conclusion: "It's a jobs program. Frankly, I think it's a political payoff."

According to Flake, TV Martí is zealously protected by Miami's three Cuban-American congressional representatives who reward their hardline supporters with jobs.

"I'd like to say it's something different, but given the amount of time and effort we put in trying to change it and the resistance we had, you can only conclude that it's a jobs program," he said.

The newest director of TV Martí and its sister operation Radio Martí (which is heard in Cuba, although even U.S. reports suggest it has very few listeners) is Pedro Roig. A real estate lawyer with no broadcasting experience but deep roots in the anti-Castro exile community in Miami, Roig gets a salary of $132,000 a year.

"I am not looking at the past, but at the future," said Roig when asked what he has to say to critics of his newscast to nowhere. "And my answer to the critics is this: This could be a valid criticism. Give us a few months. Give us time."

Roig wants time to explore alternative methods of transmission. Possibly from a satellite — although few Cubans have satellite dishes — and possibly from a U.S. government broadcast plane that would make daily flights just outside Cuban airspace. He doesn't know what that would cost. And while he and others explore options. The news goes on. To nowhere.

13 posted on 07/10/2003 3:57:20 AM PDT by risk
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To: Khashayar
And this: http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-8-2003-42679.asp
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Iran acts to stop anniversary student protest

The Iranian government is taking action to pre-empt possible unrest tonight on the eve of the anniversary of a crackdown on student protests by banning rallies and jamming satellite broadcasts from exiles in the US.
14 posted on 07/10/2003 4:01:28 AM PDT by risk
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To: Khashayar
http://www.spacedaily.com/2003/030612030728.d43r4jgw.html

War of the frequencies being fought out over Iran's capital
TEHRAN (AFP) Jun 12, 2003
Like thousands of other Iranians, 19-year-old Elham enjoys watching Persian-language satellite TV broadcasts from overseas, even though viewing such channels and owning the equipment to receive them are strictly banned.

But in recent weeks, her television has been causing her problems: every so often, the picture drops out, giving way to streaks of interference or nothing at all coupled with the message "No or Bad Signal".

"They are sending those parasites again," she says with a sigh. "That was my favorite programme."
...
15 posted on 07/10/2003 4:03:04 AM PDT by risk
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To: risk
I'd like to call in a heavy strike at the following coordinates...

I agree.

Lock and Load

16 posted on 07/10/2003 4:38:20 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: risk

Firing for effect!


17 posted on 07/10/2003 5:11:49 AM PDT by kerosene
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I hope it's not . . . RASPBERRY.

There's only one country who would DARE give us the raspberry --

Lone Star!


18 posted on 07/10/2003 5:36:31 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Bumper sticker: "Keep honking -- I'm reloading")
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To: risk; Poohbah
No, no, no.

You configure the seekers on a couple dozen HARMs to go for the frequency. You then shut off the feed to Telstar 12.

Then you send the HARMs after the jammers. :)
19 posted on 07/10/2003 5:46:35 AM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: Constitution Day; Zavien Doombringer
The jamming story hit the "big news". Read on.
20 posted on 07/10/2003 5:55:48 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: jriemer
There was a lot of talk about the jamming on this thread:

Iranian Alert: Cuba reportedly Jamming US Based Iranian broadcasters Uplink Signal Into Iran 7/8/03

21 posted on 07/10/2003 5:59:48 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: jriemer
Thanks for the ping!! It's about time.

Gotta go to a meeting now but I will check back soon.

22 posted on 07/10/2003 6:01:23 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: hchutch
That was my suggestion monday!
23 posted on 07/10/2003 6:19:24 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Analogman
Can't argue with that!

I have a Charleville, Corrige' An IX 1777 that produces plenty of smoke and fire :) (See my profile)

25 posted on 07/10/2003 7:00:15 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Analogman
Oh sorry, I didn't realize - Welcome to FreeRepublic!
26 posted on 07/10/2003 7:09:39 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
With all the sophisticated surviellance satellites you'd think the jamming source could be pinpointed in a few hours.
27 posted on 07/10/2003 7:28:21 AM PDT by Gary Boldwater
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The broadcast has been jammed somewhere on our side of the pond.
Iranian Ayatollah sympathisers in operation. (Read as: Terrorists.)
28 posted on 07/10/2003 11:45:28 AM PDT by Darksheare (Iknow why the French don't wear deodorant. They snort it up their snotty noses and call it Nasalcrom)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
What was his problem?
*chuckle*
Whatever it was, it's taken care of now.
29 posted on 07/10/2003 11:49:06 AM PDT by Darksheare (Iknow why the French don't wear deodorant. They snort it up their snotty noses and call it Nasalcrom)
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To: Darksheare; Admin Moderator
Was analogman a troll? His account has been banned or suspended.
30 posted on 07/10/2003 11:53:54 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Darksheare
Cuba , a lonely Caribbean Island or South America, all possible locations!

What is International Law regarding disruption of Satellite Communications I wonder?

31 posted on 07/10/2003 11:56:29 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Iran Mullahs will feel the heat from our Iraq victory!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It is largely illegal, but as AlGore opined, there's no controlling legal authority.
(The UN, but it is no controlling legal authority.)

It'd be even more insulting if the jamming was coming from somewhere in the US.
Hope we find it soon.
And level it.
32 posted on 07/10/2003 12:07:41 PM PDT by Darksheare (Iknow why the French don't wear deodorant. They snort it up their snotty noses and call it Nasalcrom)
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To: Darksheare
It is the uplink frequency that is being jammed
This uplink freq has to be jammed from a geographic
location very near the US... this is because the receiving
dish on the sat is spotted on the center of the US.

Cuba is near enough... but they would still be several DB down and so would need considerable wattage to block a US uplink to the sat... so they must be pouring it on bigtime.

The US knows exactly where the signal is coming from... to within yards!

I'm not sure how much uplink signal the bird can stand and remain stable... but I suggest uplinking the feeds from the US with a 100' dish with very narrow beamwidth and at least 100kw... this will up the ante considerably

of course to disrupt an uplink you only need to corrupt a tiny portion of the signal..so the cubans can pour everything they have into a very narrow bandwidth :-(


33 posted on 07/10/2003 2:21:26 PM PDT by Bobalu (RIAA Headquarters: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: Bobalu
100kw might fry the bird's electronics package.
But it might work.
The so-called 'burn through' in jamming where the incoming signal overcomes your jamming efforts.
(Not that I know much about this stuff, but it's worth a shot to check into.)

If it's Cuber doin git, we can emp pulse their transmitter.. .and everything else they've got.
But that'll take some explaining.
34 posted on 07/10/2003 2:24:52 PM PDT by Darksheare (Iknow why the French don't wear deodorant. They snort it up their snotty noses and call it Nasalcrom)
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To: Darksheare
Yup.. 100kw into a 100' dish w/narrow beamwidth would be mighty powerful at only 22,000 miles out...

especially considering that you can uplink a useable video feed to a modern satellite with only a handfull of watts into a tiny dish only a few feet across...
35 posted on 07/10/2003 3:03:56 PM PDT by Bobalu (RIAA Headquarters: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: Bobalu
But it'd be H#ll to jam.
*Chuckle*
36 posted on 07/10/2003 3:05:50 PM PDT by Darksheare (Iknow why the French don't wear deodorant. They snort it up their snotty noses and call it Nasalcrom)
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