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Satellite Update

DirecTV Enterprises LLC filed an application to relocate its Spaceway 2 satellite from 99.2 degrees west longitude (WL) to 99.115 degrees WL and operate it in the 29.5-30.0 GHz, 29.26-29.425 GHz and 28.36-28.525 GHz bands for Earth-to-space transmissions and in the 19.70-20.20 GHz, 18.57-18.735 GHz and 18.365-18.530 GHz bands for space-to-Earth transmissions. DirecTV also requested permission to relocate DirecTV 11 from 99.2 degrees WL to 99.225 degrees WL and operate it in the 29.25-29.5 GHz, 28.35-28.6 GHz bands for Earth-to-space transmission and in the 18.3-18.8 GHz band for space-to-Earth transmission. XM Radio requested special temporary authority to operate low-power terrestrial repeaters (less than 2 kW EIRP) for 180 days in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. These applications are listed in FCC Report SAT-00480.

The FCC granted, with conditions, PanAmSat Licensee Corp.’s request to operate the tracking, telemetry and command functions on Intelsat 11 at 43.2 degrees WL for a period of 30 days, beginning Nov. 3 using 13246.5 MHz (horizontal) and 13995.5 MHz (vertical) for command operations and center frequencies of 11448 MHz (horizontal) and 11449 MHz (vertical) for telemetry operation. The information is from Report SAT-00481.

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.