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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter6.3

Satellite Uplinks and Downlinks for Contribution and Distribution

Sidney M. Skjei

Skjei Telecom, Inc.

Falls Church, VA

Introduction

The use of satellite technology by radio and television broadcasters is highly developed and in widespread use throughout the world. Satellites are routinely used for broadcast contribution, backhaul and distribution services, and they provide low cost, reliable operation. These and many other services are made possible due to the unique characteristics of satellites placed in geosynchronous satellite orbit. The capability of a single quasi-stationary repeater in the sky, visible to large, contiguous regions, offers a wide variety of distribution capabilities for terrestrial broadcast service providers ...

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