Tuesday, February 13, 2007

NAB Meets with FCC to Discuss Sirius' Proposed Repeaters in Alaska and Hawaii

On February 05, 2007, NAB and the Alaska Broadcasters Association met once again with the FCC specifically to discuss Sirius's proposed repeaters in Alaska and Hawaii. Evidently, they tried to point out that Sirius' satellite coverage was inadequate to cover the location where Sirius would like to locate the repeaters. They distributed a map of the elevation angles for Sirius. It was curious that they used elevation angles from Sirius' PROPOSED geostationary satellite (FM-5) and not their present satellite constellation. We have to question if they knew what they were talking about using this map to make their case. The map below was used from the original application for clarity. It is the same as presented to the FCC. Click on the map for a larger image.

It proves nothing about the coverage of Sirius' coverage today. Hope the FCC got a good laugh. The point NAB is trying to make is that if Sirius' satellites can't cover Alaska and/or Hawaii, then repeaters would not be allowed under FCC rules. They need to go back and do their homework. If nothing else, the map show that no matter how horrible the reception might be, there will be some level of signal from the satellite--however small--that will reach these locations.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good point. I use XM radio in fixed location is Wasilla about 45 miles north from Anchorage, and yes, I receive all XM channels directly from satellite with standard equipment. It is somewhat naive to Broadcasters to argue that we are outside service area when in fact only service missing is ability to listen in car in some areas. I don't know how bad it is in far north but I am happy Alaskan subscriber.