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Satellite Update - Dec. 18, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00653 [PDF]:

  • • EchoStar Satellite Operating LLC requested special temporary authority (STA) for to operate EchoStar 1 for 180 days at 77.15 degrees west longitude (WL) using the 12.2-12.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 17.3-17.8 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Operations are pursuant to agreements between and among EchoStar, QuetzSat S. de R.L. de C.V., SES Latin America, S.A., and SES S.A. EchoStar requested a waiver of FCC rules to allow it to conduct telemetry, tracking and command operations at that location using conventional C-band frequencies.
  • • The FCC granted EchoStar STA to continue to operate the tracking, telemetry and command functions necessary to maintain the EchoStar 8 satellite at 77 degrees WL and to operate the EchoStar 8 at that location for a period of 180 days, commencing Oct. 25, 2009.

From FCC Report SAT-00654 [PDF]:

  • • Sirius XM Radio received STA to continue to operate two terrestrial repeaters in Harrisburg, Pa. for a period of 180 days. One of the repeaters will operate with an average effective istropically radiated power (EIRP) of up to 1,000 watts on the Sirius network frequencies (2320-2332.5 MHz) and the other will operate with an average EIRP up to 2,000 watts on the XM network frequency band (2332.5-2345 MHz).
  • • Sirius XM Radio was granted 180-day STA to operate two terrestrial repeaters in Puerto Rico at heights and power levels different from previously authorized parameters. The new EIRP is 2,000 watts. Two additional terrestrial repeaters were allowed under STA at the Delphi plant in Kokomo, IN with EIRP up to 800 watts in the Sirius and XM Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) bands.

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.