Satellite Update

The FCC dismissed, without prejudice, five of the 10 pending 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service applications filed by EchoStar Satellite Operating Corp. The five applications are for call signs S2724, S2726, S2727, S2728 and S2729. The FCC dismissed the applications because they were not listed in a June 18 letter from EchoStar that stated the company intended to purse five pending 17/24 GHz applications. The applications dismissed were for satellites using 17.3-17.7 GHz (plus 17.7-17.8 GHz internationally) and 24.75-25.25 GHz. For details on the applications dismissed, search on the call signs in IBFS.

PanAmSat was authorized to continue to conduct space station telemetry, tracking, control and monitoring operations with Galaxy 17 for purposes of in-orbit testing while the satellite is at 75.5 degrees West Longitude, using conventional C-band and Ku-band frequencies. The tests were to have been conducted during a three-day period between June 29 and July 2,

XM Radio Inc. was granted special temporary authority to operate one terrestrial repeater with a power level less than 2 kW EIRP at weekly PGA Tour events at various locations from July through December 2007.

Information on these FCC actions is from FCC Report SAT-00456.

Doug Lung

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.