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Satellite Update

The FCC granted Sirius Satellite Radio’s request for special temporary authority (STA) to increase the power of 15 existing terrestrial repeaters to 2 kW equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) from their current power between 150 W and 800 W EIRP.

Mobile Satellite Ventures Subsidiary LLC was granted STA to continue telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) functions and to continue to operate its MSAT-2 satellite at 101.3 degrees west longitude in the 1530-1559 MHz and 10.75-10.95 GHz bands (space-to-Earth) and 1631.5-1660.5 MHz. 13;0-13.15 GHz and 13.2-13.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. From FCC Report SAT-00519.

Note the FCC Report lists the last Earth-to-space frequency band for MSAT-2 as 13.2-12.25 GHz, which appears to be a typographic error.

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.