Satellite Update

Intelsat North America LLC filed an application requesting a waiver of FCC rules to allow it to operate Intelsat 704 at 66.0 degrees east longitude with a station-keeping tolerance of +/- 0.1 degrees until the satellite’s end of life, which is expected to occur in February 2009. From FCC Report SAT-00520.

The FCC granted EchoStar Corp. special temporary authority (STA) to operate its EchoStar 12 direct broadcast service (DBS) satellite over Channels 23 and 24 at 61.5 degrees west longitude for a period of 180 days from April 1, 2008 to Sept. 29, 2008. From FCC Report SAT-00521.

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.