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Satellite Update: XM Wants Repeater at PGA Events

XM Radio requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate a 2 kW EIRP terrestrial repeater at various PGA tour events throughout the United States from July 23 through Oct. 12, 2008 using the 2332.5 to 2345 MHz band allocated for the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS).

XM Radio sells and rents handheld satellite radios to spectators at PGA Tour events. XM stated the repeater is necessary to overcome heavy foliage and other obstructions on the golf courses that block direct reception of the satellite signal. From FCC Report SAT-00527.

PanAmSat Licensee Corp. was given STA to operate its conventional C- and Ku-band Galaxy 17 and to conduct telemetry, tracking and command operations on multiple C-band frequencies to effect Galaxy 17’s operation at the 122.9 degrees west longitude orbital location. The STA applied to operation between May 4 and June 2. In another action, the FCC extended this STA for one week, from June 2 through June 9.

XM Radio withdrew its application for STA to operate a very-low-power terrestrial repeater at an XM office site in Vienna, Va. This information is from FCC Report SAT-00528.

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.