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Satellite Update — March 27, 2009

From FCC SAT-00590:

The FCC granted EchoStar Corporation's request for authority to construct, launch, and operate its 17/24 GHz broadcasting satellite service (BSS) space station, EchoStar EX-5 at 62.15 degrees west longitude (WL) using the 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands. Operation in the 17.7-17.8 GHz band is limited to international services only. The FCC also granted EchoStar authority to construct, launch and operate BSS satellite EchoStar EX-4> at 75.0 degrees WL using the same frequency bands.

Sirius XM Radio, Inc. received special temporary authority (STA) to operate indoor terrestrial repeaters with an effective isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of up to 10 watts and up to 0.0001 watts at trade shows and other indoor locations, such as automobile industry promotional events, press and marketing events, and investor relations events. These repeaters are authorized for operation in the 2320-2345 MHz frequency band. Intelsat North America's requested STA to operate the Galaxy 26 space station at 50.75 degrees east longitude in conventional C- and Ku-bands. The STA commenced March 16, 2009 and is valid for 60 days.

See FCC SAT-00590 for more information on these and other FCC International Bureau Policy Branch actions.

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.