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Satellite Update – Jan. 28, 2010

From FCC Report SAT-00661 [PDF]:

  • • The Satellite Division of the FCC granted Sirius XM Radio special temporary authority (STA) to provide emergency radio broadcast programming to Haiti via the Sirius satellite network until Feb. 17, 2010 in support of relief efforts there.
  • • The FCC granted a request from DirecTV Enterprises for an STA for 30 days to conduct in-orbit testing of the RB-2A space station at 76 degrees west longitude using the 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 24.75-25.15 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands.
  • • Sirius XM Radio was granted an STA to continue to continue to operate, for a period of 180 days, 23 terrestrial repeaters having an average EIRP of up to 2,000 Watts for use on the Sirius network (2320-2332.5 MHz) and two terrestrial repeaters with an average EIRP up to 2,000 Watts on the XM network (2332.5-2345 MHz), a various locations throughout the United States.

(The above FCC report also has information on grants of "permit-but-disclose" status under ex parte rules for proceedings involving SES Americom and Skynet Satellite Corp.)

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.