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Satellite Update - May 22, 2009

From FCC Report SAT-00605:

  • The FCC granted special temporary authority (STA) allowing Intelsat North America LLC to perform tracking, telemetry and command functions with Intelsat 704 to execute end-of-life maneuvers boosting the satellite to a disposal orbit above the geostationary arc. The STA commences today and is effective for 30 days.
  • Sirius XM Radio received STA, allowing operation of two terrestrial repeaters in Harrisburg, Pa. for a period of 180 days. One repeater is authorized for an EIRP of up to 1,000 watts for use on the Sirius network (2320-2332.5 MHz) and the other, which will be used on the XM network (2332.5-2345 MHz) is authorized for an EIRP of up to 2,000 watts.

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.