Satellite Update

The FCC International Bureau’s Policy Branch granted DirecTV Enterprises request to relocate the Spaceway 2 satellite from 99.2 degrees West Longitude (WL) to 99.115 degrees WL and operate on Ka-band frequencies 18.3-18.8 GHz (downlink), 19.7-20.2 GHz (downlink), 28.35-28.60 GHz (uplink) and 29.25-30.00 GHz uplink). The FCC also granted DirecTV’s request to move DirecTV 11 from 99.200 degrees WL to 99.225 degrees WL and operate it at that location on Ka-band frequencies 18.3-18.8 GHz (downlink), 19.7-20.2 GHz (downlink), 28.35-28.60 GHz (uplink) and 29.25-30.00 GHz uplink). This information is from FCC Report SAT-00509.

The FCC granted Orbcomm Licensee Corp. authorization to “construct, launch and operate 24 new satellites to replenish and enhance its non-voice, non-geostationary satellite orbit mobile satellite system.” The FCC said, “This authorization will allow Orbcomm to continue providing two-way messaging and asset tracking and monitoring services, and will permit Orbcomm to augment its service with additional radiofrequency capacity.” From Order and Authorization DA-08-633.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.