Saturday, November 14, 2009

Satellite Radio Comes to Puerto Rico

On October 23, 2009, Sirius XM filed an application with the FCC International Bureau to operate repeaters in Puerto Rico for 60 days. The FCC granted this application on November 05. Satellite Radio is coming to Puerto Rico alas! Sirius XM also filed an application for the standard 180 day license to operate repeaters in Puerto Rico on October 30. It is just a formality at this point.

For all those in Puerto Rico, the wait is over. Sit back and enjoy the music.

Edit: As expected, the FCC granted Sirius XM the standard 180 license to operate repeaters in Puerto Rico on December 10, 2009. The grant authorized two repeaters, one in San Juan and the other in Bayamon.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

XM Receives Grant to Launch and Operate XM5 an In-Orbit Spare

XM Radio has applied for and has been granted permission to launch and operate XM-5 as an in-orbit spare. It will also include the Sirius Satellite Radio frequencies and will be able to serve as a spare for both systems. XM plans to launch in the first quarter of 2010.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

XM Seeks to Expand it Band of Frequencies

XM, the wholly owned subsidiary of Sirius XM Radio, has filed an application to expand it range of frequencies to include the Sirius Satellite Radio band of frequencies. Previously, XM operated in the 2332.5-2345 MHz band, while Sirius operated in the 2320-2332.5. XM now seeks permission to operate over the entire satellite radion band from 2320 MHz to 2345 MHz. The stated purpose is to allow Sirius XM to design, test, and demonstate its terrestrial repeater network in order to optimize the network prior to deployment. Although the repeater networks operate in a different way, this could be the first step towards consolidating the two repeater networks. One also has to wonder if this could be a prelude to moving towards one satellite constellation.

Update: Application granted on May 14, 2009.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

XM Sirius Readies for Launch of Geostationary Satellite

Sirius XM filed an application today with the FCC IB "to use the S- and X-band antennas on its Ellenwood, Georgia earth station (Call sign E080168) to provide launch and early orbit phase (“LEOP”) services to, and in orbit testing (“IOT”) of, its FM-5 satellite (call sign S2710)." The launch of its FM-5 geostationary satellite is scheduled to launch on June 29, 2009 into the 96 degree W.L. orbit. This will be the first geostationary satellite in the old Sirius constellation. The satellite will improve the reception of satellite radio in the US and Canada.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Satellite Radio In Puerto Rico

As many of you may have surmised, I have been away for a while. I still have a day job. The vast majority of my time has been spent in China over the past year or so. Anyway, this may be a bit of old news. When the merger between XM and Sirius was approved last year, one of the conditions was to bring satellite radio to Puerto Rico. In keeping with this condition, on October 27, 2008, Sirius XM filed an application to operate low powered repeaters (less than 2 KW) in Puerto Rico. These repeaters would be used to bring satellite radio to Puerto Rico, complete with repeaters to fill in the gaps. The FCC is yet to act on this application.

Twenty repeaters are currently planned as follows:

Westernbank World Plaza, 268 Munoz Rivera Avenue, San Juan, PR

Edificio Union Plaza, Avenue Ponce De Leon #416, San Juan, PR

Las Caramelitas, Avenue Ponce De Leon, San Juan, PR

Santa Anna Apartments, Villa Caparra, Avenue Luis Vgoreaux, Guaynabo, PR

PR Telephone Company, 1513 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, Guaynabo, PR

Plaza Del Prado, CARR 833 Calle Los Filtros, Guaynabo, PR

Monserate Towers, Monserate Avenue I, Carolina, PR

Sona Industrial, Marginal Baldorioty De Castro B-24, Carolina PR

San Anton Apartments, Calle Roman Figueroa Castro, Carolina, PR

Riverside Plaza, 74 Calle Santa Cruz, Bayamon, PR

Torres del Parque, Avenue Federico Motilla 1700, Bayamon, PR

Caribe Hilton, 1 San Geronimo St., San Juan, PR

Pazada, # 2 Avenue De La Constitucion, San Juan, PR

Ashford Imperial, 1302 Ashford Avenue, Condado, San Juan, PR

Coral Beach I, 5859 Avenue Isla Verde, Carolina, PR

Condo Mundo Feliz, Calle Rodriguez Emma #1, Carolina, PR

Cooperativa De Viviendas, Torres De Carolina, Carolina, PR

PR Telephone Company, Power St, Ponce, PR

Condo El Mirador, Avenue University, Ponce, PR

Caguas Tower, Bonneville Terrace, Calle 2, Caguas, PR

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sirius XM to Test New Modulators

Earlier this month, Sirius XM filed for an experimental application to test new FM modulators. It plans to test up to 500 units nationwide. One has to wonder whether or not Sirius XM will seek volunteers to assist in this quest.

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