Satellite Update – Sept. 1, 2011

From FCC Report SAT-00803:

  • •Open Range Communications has requested special temporary authority (STA) for a 180 day extension, commencing Sept. 29, 2011 of authority to provide terrestrial service in the 2483.5-2495 MHz band. Broadcasters will recognize that allocation as part of what is currently the 2 GHz Channel 10. This channel, which is only available to grandfathered licensees, is used for electronic news gathering TV remote pickup links.

From FCC Report SAT-00804:

  • •The FCC International Bureau's Satellite Division granted SES Americom's request to operate AMC-9 with a 0.4 degree change in the north/south orientation of the satellite's C-band reflector from the orientation previously authorized. SES Americom also received STA for six days to operate AMC-4 at 67 degrees west longitude (WL) with a 0.1 degree change in the azimuth of the satellite's North American beam.
  • •EchoStar was granted STA for 60 days to continue to operate EchoStar 6 at 76.95 degrees WL using DBS channels 1-32. Earth-to-space links are authorized in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band and services links (space-to-Earth) are authorized in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band. Telemetry, tracking and telecommand operations are authorized using specified frequencies in the same bands.
Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.