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Satellite Update

The FCC International Bureau granted EchoStar Satellite Operating LLC special temporary authority (STA) to test the EchoStar 11 satellite at 138.5 degrees west longitude (WL) in the 12.2-12.7 GHz and 17.3-17.8 GHz bands for 30 days starting July 20. The STA also allows conducting telemetry, tracking and control operations with EchoStar 11 as it is relocated to its assigned location at 110.0 degrees WL.

XM Radio received STA to operate one terrestrial repeater at a power of 2 kW EIRP (average) or less for 180 days at weekly Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour events at various locations. The repeater will operate in the 2332.5-2345 MHz frequency band allocated for the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) and assigned for the exclusive use of XM.

From FCC Report SAT-00539.

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.