For 24/7/365 technical support contact OMNi 303.925.1708

Articles

Antenna Packages

Many downlink sites involved in the AMC-8 to AMC-18 transition will be able to simply repoint their receive antennas.  However, if you find your antenna cannot be repointed due to age or condition, OMNi is excited to have secured excellent pricing on two complete replacement equipment packages from Viking.

 

Package A

 3.7 Meter Single Feed Antenna Package, Including:
- 3.7 Meter Antenna with Fixed Az/El Mount
- C band Linear Feed System to receive one satellite
- Qty 1 C band PLL LNB
- Pedestal Mount (Painted) and Foundation Kit

 

Package B

 3.7 Meter Dual Beam Multi-Feed Antenna Package, Including:
- 3.7 Meter Antenna with Fixed Az/El Mount
- C band Linear Dual Multi-Beam Feed System (Setup
for 101° and 105°)
- Qty 2 C band PLL LNB w/ 2 Cover plates
- Pedestal Mount (Painted) and Foundation Kit

 

For more information on this packages or to order, contact sales at 303-925-1708, option 2 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AMC-8 Migration FAQ

Commercial Radio Networks in US to Move to New Satellite in 2017

Action Required to Repoint or Replace Your Downlink Antenna

 

 

1.  What is happening?

The satellite that the US commercial radio network industry has used for 35 years, currently known as AMC-8, at 139 degrees West Longitude has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent satellite at the 139 position.  The radio networks must move to a new satellite at a different orbital location.  All radio stations who use programming from AMC-8 will need to re-point or replace their downlink antennas (dishes) in 2017.

2.  What networks are executing this plan?

The major US radio networks who operate uplinks - Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One - formed a group to learn what satellites would be available as AMC-8 reached end of life.  The group contacted all three satellite companies that provide C-band service to the US and traded detailed specifications and business proposals to come up with a workable plan.

Read more: AMC-8 Migration FAQ

AMC8 Migration

U.S. Commercial Radio Networks Moving

To New Satellite in 2017

November 10, 2016

WHAT:              Major U.S. radio networks, including  Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One, have joined efforts to proactively determine the best replacement for its satellite, AMC-8 at 139 degrees West Longitude, which has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location.  The new main satellite for U.S. commercial radio networks will be AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude, which will soon be replaced at the 105 position by the new SES-11.  SES-1 at 101 degrees West Longitude will serve as the backup.  

WHEN:              There will be an overlap period of several months during which the radio networks will provide service on both AMC-8 and AMC-18 / SES-11. All radio stations currently receiving programming from AMC-8 will have until June 30, 2017 to re-point their downlink antennas (dishes).  At that time, AMC-8 will no longer serve as the radio network “neighborhood,” and there will not be a suitable replacement satellite at the 139 degree position.  Stations can repoint their satellite downlinks as early as February 2017.

MORE INFO:       Since AMC-18 / SES-11 are higher up in the sky, roughly due south of Denver, they are less likely to be blocked by buildings or trees to the southwest.  There are also fewer miles of precipitation to look through at the 105 West location, and sun transit outages in March and October will occur about 2.5 hours earlier in the day, alleviating interruption of afternoon drive programming.   

For more information, including satellite vendors, or technical questions about satellite settings or frequencies, please contact your network representative, or see more details here.

 

View the full release here.

 

 

 

Featured Equipment

OMNi Services

Radio Network Distribution

Satellite Space Segment

Satellite Equipment

Colocation Data Center

Engineering Services

Two Way IP over Satellite

Network Status

X-Digital Platform

 

IPoS

Power Status

Building Health

SCPC Uplinks