Satellite Update

SES Americom filed an application requesting extension until Dec. 31, 2010 of its authority to operate C-band satellite Satcom C-3 at 79.05 degrees west longitude (WL). EchoStar requested renewal of its special temporary authority to operate EchoStar 6 at 110.4 degrees WL for an additional 180 days. From FCC Report SAT-00516.

The FCC granted EchoStar’s request to withdraw its application for STA to operate EchoStar 6 as a U.S.-licensed satellite at 77 degrees WL. The FCC also said it took the administrative action of listing the request from EchoStar to continue operating EchoStar 6 at its current location as granted. ICO Satellite Services GP filed a motion to withdraw an application filed in November 2007 to modify its 2 GHz MSS spectrum reservation. FCC Report SAT-00515 said, “The application for modification requested blanket authority to construct and operate base station facilities for an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC). New ICO requests withdrawal of the application for reasons of administrative convenience, in view of the fact that it is requesting ATC authority in another pending application in which it also requests blanket authority for mobile terminal operation.”

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.