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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.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.