RSP-114 — Licence Application Procedure for Planned Earth Stations in Space Radio Communications Services
Technical Information Required for Proposed Earth Stations
SECTION D.1: General Information Related to an Earth Station
D.1.1 Identity and location of the Earth Station
D.1.1.1 Indicate the name by which the station is known or the name of the locality in which it is situated.
D.1.1.2 Indicate the geographical area in which the station is located. (Not required for 12/14 GHz earth stations.)
D.1.1.3 Indicate the geographical co-ordinates of the transmitter/receiver site with longitude and latitude in degrees, minutes and seconds, to the accuracy of one second. (Not required for 12/14 GHz earth stations.)
D.1.2 Date of bringing into use
D.1.2.1 In the case of a new assignment, indicate the date (actual or foreseen, as appropriate) of bringing the frequency assignment into use.
D.1.2.2 Whenever the assignment is changed in any of its basic characteristics, as shown in this Section (except in the case of a change in D.1.1.1) the date to be given shall be that of the latest change (actual or foreseen, as appropriate).
D.1.3 Operating Company
Give the name, the postal and telegraphic addresses and phone number of the party to whom communications should be sent on urgent matters regarding interference, quality of emissions and questions referring to the technical operation of stations.
D.1.4 Regular hours of operation
Indicate, in UTC (coordinate universal time), the regular hours of operation on the frequency of each carrier.
D.1.5 Class of station and nature of service
Indicate the class of station and nature of service performed using the symbols shown in TRC 43.
D.1.6 Space Station(s) with which communication is to be established
Identify the associated space station(s) and its orbital position. Where the space station has several beams, identify the beam by its geographical designation.
Give the name of any domestic or international party with which the use of this frequency has been successfully coordinated, and if appropriate, the name of any party with which coordination has been sought but not completed. (Not required for 12/14 GHz earth stations, also see F.8.)
Give, if appropriate, the name of any party with which agreement has been reached to exceed the limits prescribed in these Regulations. (Not required for 12/14 GHz earth stations.)top of page
SECTION D.2: Information Related to Transmitting Earth Stations
D.2.1 Assigned transponder frequency
Indicate the assigned frequency (midband frequency of each transponder).
D.2.2 Assigned frequency bandwidths
Indicate the bandwidth of the assigned frequency in kHz.
D.2.3 Class of emission, necessary bandwith and description of transmission
In accordance with TRC 43:
D.2.3.1 Indicate the carrier frequency or frequencies of the emission(s).
D.2.3.2 Indicate for each carrier, the class of emission, necessary bandwidth and description of transmission.
D.2.4 Antenna characteristics
D.2.4.1 Indicate the isotropic or absolute gain (dBi) of the antenna in the direction of maximum radiation.
D.2.4.2 Indicate the beamwidth in degrees between the half power points describe in detail if not symmetrical).
D.2.4.3 Either attach the measured radiation diagram of the antenna (taking as a reference the direction of maximum radiation) or indicate the reference radiation diagram to be used for coordination.
D.2.4.4 Indicate graphically the horizon elevation angle for each azimuth around the Earth Station starting from True North.
D.2.4.5 Indicate in degrees from the horizontal plane the planned minimum operating angle of elevation of the antenna in the direction of maximum radiation, having due regard to possible inclined-orbit operation of the associated space station.
D.2.4.6 Indicate in degrees, clockwise from True North, the planned range of operating azimuthal angles for the direction of maximum radiation having due regard to possible inclined-orbit operation of the associated space station.
D.2.4.7 Indicate the altitude (metres) of the antenna center above mean sea level.
D.2.4.8 Indicate the type of polarization of the transmitted wave in the direction of maximum radiation; also indicate the direction in the case of circular polarization and the plane in the case of linear polarization.
D.2.5 Power characteristics of the transmission
Indicate for each carrier the peak envelope power (dBW) and the maximum power density in dB (W/Hz) supplied to the input of the antenna averaged over the worst 4 kHz band for carriers below 15 GHz, or averaged over the worst 1 MHz band for carriers above 15 GHz. The most recent version of CCIR Report 792 should be used to the extent applicable in calculating the maximum power density.
D.2.6 Modulation characteristics
For each carrier, according to the nature of the signal modulating the carrier and the type of modulation, indicate the following characteristics:
D.2.6.1 Carrier frequency modulated by a frequency-division multi-channel telephony baseband (FDM/FM) or by a signal that can be represented by a multi-channel telephony baseband: indicate the lowest and highest frequencies of the baseband and the r.m.s. frequency deviation of baseband frequency at the test tone;
D.2.6.2 Carrier frequency modulated by a television signal: indicate the standard of the television signal (including, where appropriate, the standard used for colour), the frequency deviation for the reference frequency of the pre-emphasis characteristic and the pre-emphasis characteristic itself; also indicate, where applicable, the characteristics of the multiplexing of the video signal with the sound signal(s) or other signals;
D.2.6.3 Carrier phase-shift modulated by a digital signal: indicate the bit rate and the number of phases;
D.2.6.4 Amplitude modulated carrier (including single-sideband): indicate as precisely as possible the nature of the modulating signal and the kind of amplitude modulation used;
D.2.6.5 For all other types of modulation, provide such particulars as may be useful for an interference study;
D.2.6.6 For any type of modulation as applicable, indicate the characteristics of energy dispersal, such as the peak-to-peak frequency deviation (MHz) and the sweep frequency (kHz) of the energy dispersal wave form.
D.2.7 Additional Information about the Transmitter
For each transmitter, provide the following information:
D.2.7.1 Manufacturer, type and model number;
D.2.7.2 Frequency stability;
D.2.7.3 Levels and frequencies of spurious emissions, including harmonics and intermodulation products;
D.2.7.4 Channel Capacity, in appropriate units.top of page
Section D.3: Information related to Receiving Earth Stations
D.3.1 Assigned transponder frequency
Indicate the assigned frequency (midband frequency of the transponder) of the emission to be received.
D.3.2 Assigned frequency bandwidth
Indicate the bandwidth of the assigned frequency band in kHz.
D.3.3 Class of emission, necessary bandwidth and description of the transmission to be received.
In accordance with TRC 43:
D.3.3.1 Indicate the carrier frequency or frequencies of the transmission to be received.
D.3.3.2 Indicate, for each carrier to be received, the class of emission, necessary bandwidth and description of the transmission.
D.3.4 Earth Station receiving antenna characteristics
D.3.4.1 Indicate the isotropic or absolute gain (dBi) of the antenna in the direction of maximum radiation.
D.3.4.2 Indicate the beamwidth in degrees between the half power points (describe in detail if not symmetrical).
D.3.4.3 Either attach the measured radiation diagram of the antenna (taking as a reference the direction of maximum radiation) or indicate the reference radiation diagram to be used for the coordination.
D.3.4.4 Indicate graphically the horizon elevation angle for each azimuth around the earth station starting from True North.
D.3.4.5 Indicate in degrees from the horizontal plane the planned minimum operating angle of elevation of the antenna in the direction of maximum radiation.
D.3.4.6 Indicate in degrees, clockwise from True North, the planned range of operating azimuthal angles for the direction of maximum radiation.
D.3.4.7 Indicate the altitude (metres) of the antenna above mean sea level.
D.3.4.8 Indicate the type of polarization of the antenna. In the case of circular polarization, indicate the direction of polarization. In the case of linear polarization, indicate the plane of polarization.
D.3.5 Noise temperature, link noise temperature and transmission gain
D.3.5.1 If available, or upon request indicate, in degrees Kelvin, the lowest total receiving system noise temperature referred to the output of the receiving antenna of the Earth station under "quiet sky conditions". This value shall be indicated for the nominal value of the angle of elevation when the associated transmitting station is aboard a geostationary satellite and, in other cases, for the minimum value of angle of elevation.
D.3.5.2 When simple frequency-changing transponders are used on the associated space station, indicate the lowest equivalent satellite link noise temperatures under the conditions of Item D.3.5.1 for each assignment.
D.3.5.3 Indicate the value of transmission gain associated with each equivalent satellite link noise temperature given in Item D.3.5.2. The transmission gain is evaluated from the output of the receiving antenna of the space station to the output of the receiving antenna of the earth station.
D.3.6 Additional Information about the Receiver
For each receiver, provide the following information:
D.3.6.1 Manufacturer, type and model number;
D.3.6.2 Radio frequency response curve, read at the output of the final IF amplifier stage or beyond and plotted to the 80 dB attenuation points; the characteristics of RF filters used, which are not normally an integral part of receiver, should be given separately;
D.3.6.3 Image rejection ratio and spurious response characteristics;
D.3.6.4 IF frequency or frequencies;
D.3.6.5 Noise figure or noise temperature of the Receiver, including information of noise temperature for low noise amplifier (LNA).
D.3.6.6 Local oscillator radiation level (see Annex B).top of page
Technical Information Required for VSAT Terminals
E.1 Site and Service Details
Name of corresponding satellite
Frequency Assignments Proposed
Hub Call Sign
Ground Height AMSL*
Antenna Height AGL*
Reference Number (section D.2.7.1 & D.3.6.1, section 4.1)
* not required for 14/12 GHz VSAT stationstop of page
Coordination of Frequency Assignments
F.1 There are two distinct areas of frequency coordination, namely domestic - which is undertaken by the applicant, and international - which is undertaken by the Department.
F.2 Domestic coordination of earth station frequency assignments shall be undertaken by the applicant with operators of existing and formally proposed terrestrial assignments in shared bands within the coordination area. These operators are identified by the Department using the procedures in Appendix 28 of the ITU Radio Regulations.
In the coordination process, frequency growth plans of fixed terrestrial stations which have been provided to the Department in addition to the actual frequency assignments in use or formally proposed under RSP-113 will be taken into consideration. The Department should be informed of changes in the growth predictions.
F.3 For coordination, the criteria established in the relevant Recommendations of the CCIR apply. Alternatively, criteria which are mutually agreeable to both parties concerned may be used, subject to the consent of the DOC. Note that the DOC may amend and re-issue the methods for domestic coordination purposes as necessary.
F.4 Future changes in technical characteristics of the earth station will need to be coordinated in accordance with this procedure. Parties are, therefore, advised to provide details of those changes through the procedures of section 6, in order to include them in the coordination.
F.5 In the case of items D.2.4.4 and D.3.4.4, pertaining to horizon elevation angles, the information may be submitted subsequently in the specific directions of stations with which coordination is necessary. Until such details are received, calculation of coordination area (ITU Appendix 28) will be based upon worst case horizon elevation angles.
F.6 The procedures for international coordination are established by the ITU. Such coordination is required where space, earth or terrestrial stations of other administrations might be affected. The criteria to be used in determining whether coordination is necessary are published in the ITU Radio Regulations, Appendices 28 and 29. Upon completion of any required international coordination, frequency assignments to earth stations may at the Department's discretion be notified to the International Frequency Registration Board (IFRB) so that they may be entered in the Master International Frequency Register.
F.7 For the fixed-satellite service, international coordination with other satellite networks may be unnecessary for the majority of newly proposed earth stations which are to operate within Canada and which meet as a minimum the standard technical characteristics given in Annex B. Therefore, the Department will, as a rule, not seek international inter-space-network coordination of such "conforming" earth stations.
Coordination of the transmitting earth stations with terrestrial networks will continue to be required in shared frequency bands.
F.8 If the coordination contour for 14/12 GHz bands includes any region of St.-Pierre-et-Miquelon (France) or Greenland (Denmark), international coordination will be required. Domestic coordination is not required in 14/12 GHz bands.
F.9 Licences for "unprotected" assignments are issued to stations whose operators waive any claim to protection of received signals in order to expedite the coordination process. However, coordination of the transmit signals is still required.top of page
Relevant Coordination Particulars
A list of all stations operating in the same frequency band with the proposed station and are located within the Appendix 28 coordination distance from the proposed site, and the following information will be provided:
Station Call Sign
Distance from the proposed site
Station Latitude and Longitude
Tx and Rx Frequencies
Tx and Rx Antenna Gain
Antenna Elevation Angle
Antenna Manufacturer and Antenna Type
Receiver RF Losses
* Details of Spectrum Signature will be available from the Department.
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