Satellite Update

The FCC granted a request from Sirius Satellite Radio for special temporary authority to operate a terrestrial repeater with an effective isotropically radiated power of up to 200 watts (average) at the Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., from Feb.28, 2008, through March 21, 2008.

Construction and testing of Turkey’s TURKSAT 3A new generation communications satellite has been completed and the satellite is ready for launching from a launch pad in South America in April or May. Turkish officials said that in addition to TV broadcasts, the satellite will bring telephone, fax, Internet and other services to regions that do not have the infrastructure in place for radio links and cable communications services. TURKSAT 3A is a Ku-band satellite with 24 120 W transponders. It is planned to coverage all of Europe and the majority of Asia. TV and radio broadcasts from the satellite will be able to be received in Turkey, Europe and Central Asia using dishes as small as 50 to 60 cm.

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.