Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sirius Files Application to Operate 5 Low Powered Repeaters

Today, Sirius filed for special temporary authority (STA) to operate 5 new low-powered repeaters. Repeaters will be located in the following locations:

Cincinnati (84-23-19.0, 39-13-10.0)
St. Louis (90-31-53.4, 38-45-10.2)
(2) Houston (95-31-02.70, 30-00-35.60), (95-25-35.4, 30-07-18.6)
Miami (80-26-25.9, 25-33-44.5)

All repeaters are operated at 2,000 Watt EiRP.

Sirius made one interesting note in its filing that is likely to haunt it:

Sirius does not anticipate any in-band or out of band interference from these repeaters. As noted above, these low-power repeaters will operate at or below a power level that has been deemed presumptively acceptable by both the Commission and WCS licensees. In addition, WCS licensees will have an opportunity to comment on the STA during the public notice period; as a result, Sirius has not notified the WCS licensees in the affected MSAs prior to filing this request. Therefore, Sirius respectfully requests that the Commission promptly grant its proposed modifications to its STA.

Earlier, Sirius noted:

Indeed, WCS licensees have deemed the installation of repeaters at or below 2000 Watt threshold unobjectionable.3

Footnote 3 explains:

See, e.g., Petition to Dismiss or Deny of BellSouth Mobile Data, Inc. and BellSouth Wireless Cable, Inc., File No. SAT-STA-20060623-00067 (filed September 18, 2006) at 6 (“BellSouth believes that terrestrial repeaters operating below 2 kW peak EIRP will not cause undue interference to its WCS operations”).

"Peak" is the key word. No doubt, Sirius is talking about average. It is almost as though Sirius is trying to antagonized the WCS Coalition. We suspect we will see a response.

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