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Satellite Update

With the short holiday week, the FCC International Bureau Policy Branch did not release a public notice listing any actions and FCC Report SAT-00492 listed only two applications accepted for filing, both for satellite radio terrestrial repeaters. Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate 15 new satellite digital radio service (SDARS) terrestrial repeaters with power levels at or below 2 kW EIRP in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Miami, New York, Bogota and Wayne, N.J., Philadelphia, Sacramento and Washington D.C. for a period of 180 days. In the application, Sirius stated it had identified these sites as necessary to the provision of its commercial SDARS. XM Radio Inc. requested STA for a very low power repeater with an EIRP not exceeding 0.5 W at its office building in Vienna, Va., for 180 days. XM stated the use of the repeaters is necessary to provide XM’s signal to its employees in the building.

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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.