University of South Carolina

1479-EX-ST-2021

Status: Pending

WR9XYF
2021-09-10

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E-Mail generated [Sep 10 2021]Correspondence2021-09-10
Application Form:
OET Special Temporary Authority Report
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY

Applicant Name
Name of Applicant:  University of South Carolina

Address
Attention: David W. Matolak
Street Address: 301 Main Street, Dept. of EE
P.O. Box:
City: COLUMBIA
State: SC
Zip Code: 29208
Country:
E-Mail Address: [email protected]

Best Contact
Give the following information of person who can best handle inquiries pertaining to this application:  
Last Name: MATOLAK
First Name: DAVID
Title: Professor
Phone Number: 8037778334

Explanation
Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
A Special Temporary Authorization (STA) is required to support temporary Digital Aeronautical Communications System testing. This testing is for proof of concept of new radio designs of the University of South Carolina (USC), supported by a grant from NASA, under NASAs University Leadership Initiative. The new radio designs offer improvements over existing schemes (such as LDACS and AeroMACS) in terms of throughput, and robustness to interference. We had previously requested this authorization via Boeing, as we were planning to fly in their 2021 Eco-Demonstrator flight tests, but those Boeing tests have been cancelled. Thus we are now planning to flight test in South Carolina with the SC Civil Air Patrol (CAP). NASA and Boeing are fully in support of this. [In addition, we are having discussions with two companies regarding including our radio designs in ongoing ICAO standardization for LDACS, and this flight testing would be helpful in support of that. Initial discussions with the ICAO standards group (Digital Communications Infrastructure Working Group) have begun.]

Purpose of Operation
Please explain the purpose of operation:  The purpose is to test air-to-ground Advanced Digital Aeronautical Communications System in the L and C frequency bands using Internet Protocol (IP) standards. Airborne testing will be accomplished on a small aircraft of the CAP, potentially a GippsAero GA8.

Information
Callsign: WR9XYF
Class of Station: FX MO
Nature of Service: Experimental

Requested Period of Operation
Operation Start Date: 04/07/2021
Operation End Date: 03/30/2022

Manufacturer
List below transmitting equipment to be installed (if experimental, so state) if additional rows are required, please submit equipment list as an exhibit:  
Manufacturer Model Number No. Of Units Experimental
Ettus E312 4 Yes
Mini Circuits HPA-50W-63 2 No

Certification
Neither the applicant nor any other party to the application is subject to a denial of Federal benefits that includes FCC benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862, because of a conviction for possession or distribution of a controlled substance. The applicant hereby waives any claim to the use of any particular frequency or electromagnetic spectrum as against the regulatory power of the United States because of the prvious use of the same, whether by license or otherwise, and requests authorization in accordance with this application. (See Section 304 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.) The applicant acknowledges that all statements made in this application and attached exhibits are considered material representations, and that all the exhibits part hereof and are incorporated herein as if set out in full in this application; undersigned certifies that all statements in this application are true, complete and correct to the best of his/her knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. Applicant certifies that construction of the station would NOT be an action which is likely to have a significant environmental effect. See the Commission's Rules, 47 CFR1.1301-1.1319.
Signature of Applicant (Authorized person filing form): David W. Matolak
Title of Applicant (if any): Professor
Date: 2021-09-10 00:00:00.0

Station Location
City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
COLUMBIA South Carolina North  33  58  14 West  80  59  43 80.00
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:   90.00
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:   15.00
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:   10.00
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 963.00000000- MHz FX 2.000000 W 8.000000 W M 0.00020000 % 500KW7D 500 kHz

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Columbia South Carolina North  33  58  14 West  80  59  43 Columbia, SC: max altitude 5,500 ft. AGL 60.00
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   No
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:  
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:  
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:  
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 990.00000000- MHz MO 1.000000 W 1.000000 W M 0.00020000 % 500KW7D 500 kHz

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Columbia South Carolina North  33  58  14 West  80  59  43 Columbia, SC: max altitude 5,500 ft. AGL 80.00
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   No
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:  
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:  
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:  
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 5152.50000000- MHz MO 1.000000 W 1.000000 W M 0.00020000 % 5M00W7D 5 MHz

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Columbia South Carolina North  33  58  14 West  80  59  43 80.00
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:   60.00
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:   15.00
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:   10.00
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 5240.00000000- MHz FX 1.000000 W 10.000000 W M 0.00020000 % 5M00W7D 5 MHz

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