Wednesday, December 13, 2006

XM Requests Authority to Operate Low Power Repeaters at Trade Shows

On December 11, 2006, XM requested authority from the FCC to operate very low power repeaters (up to 0.5 Watt EIRP) and signal boosters (100 micro Watt) at trade shows. There were two applications. One covering 30 days and the other, 180 days. Sirius made a similar application on November 07. XM goes out of its way to point out that Sirius' repeater is 200 Watt versus 0.5 Watt for XM. Sirius only requested to operate one repeater. XM did not specify a number. Sirius has already received its 30 grant; however, the 180 day request is still open.

The 30 day request covers the San Diego Auto Show (December 25-31), the Consumer Electronics Show in LA (December 27 - January 11), and the Detroit Auto Show (January 10 - 27).

The 180 day request covers several shows in the first half of 2007, including shows in Washington, DC; Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, Ft. Worth, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Knoxville, Louisville, and New York City.

Update: The 30 day request was granted on December 19, 2006.

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