FCC Grants Experimental License for TV Band Communications at Nuclear Power Plants

October 5, 2007
This week the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology released two lists of experimental license grants, covering applications granted between 7/1/07 and 8/1/07 and applications granted between 8/1/07 and 9/1/07. Licenses granted to Indiana Michigan Power Company; Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; and Southern California Edison, Entergy Services, Inc. allow the use of frequencies, including UHF and in one case VHF TV spectrum, for evaluating “communications inside and around a nuclear reactor.” The systems use Telex wireless intercom equipment and the filings tout the many advantages of the Telex system in nuclear power plant operations.

Those were the only license grants using broadcast spectrum. KVH Industries is allowed to use a transmitter in the 10950-12750 MHz band to simulate European satellite TV signals to perform acquire, lock, tracking and signal quality tests in Middletown, RI. Several companies were allowed to use C-band frequencies below 3700 MHz for testing WiMax and other wireless broadband equipment. Andrew Corp. and General Dynamics received authorization to use microwave frequencies for antenna testing.

Details on the grants are available in the links above and through the FCC’s OET Experimental Licensing System Call Sign Search.

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