Interesting Experimental License Grants

The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology list of experimental license grants issued between Sept. 1, 2008, and Oct. 1, 2008 includes licenses for teaching students about propagation, testing the efficiency of various omni-directional antenna designs, and studying propagation.

James Edwin Whedee was granted WE2XUR to use 27.245-27.255 MHz for "teaching students propagation testing in radiocommunications as part of an education curriculum in the Kansas City, Mo., school district." He also received license WE2XTU, allowing mobile operation in Gladstone, Mo., using frequency bands from 130 kHz to 450 GHz for "testing efficiency of various omnidirectional antenna designs."

(Readers should note that the FCC Public Notice has the upper frequency as 450 MHz, although according to the license application and correspondence, the upper frequency band is 275-450 GHz.)

No operation is planned on broadcast frequencies.

Another individual has been authorized to use 505-510 KHz for propagation testing. Philip Galasso received license WE2XTT allowing use of these frequencies in Huntington Township, Pa.

License WE2XAP allows Lockheed Martin Corp. to operate on select frequencies between 2 MHz and 1,800 MHz for testing the antennas of a submarine early warning system in Liverpool, N.Y.

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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack. A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.