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The Chicago International Teleport

"United Video Satellite Group's subsidiary, SpaceCom Systems, Inc. had a satellite teleport outside of Chicago. It was built starting in 1982. Today (2012) it is owned and operated by DirecTV."


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Additional Info via The Beachwood Added Value Desk:

* A 1992 Tulsa World article states that - at that time - the Chicago International Teleport is the country's third-largest satellite communications facility.

* From a 1998 press release:

"SpaceCom Systems' Chicago International Teleport is the premiere satellite earth station for broadcast audio and data networks in the United States. It is manned 24 hours each day, seven days a week, by a staff of experienced Operations and Engineering personnel. Uplink RF electronics systems for both C-Band and Ku-Band transmission facilities, are protected by a Two-for-N protection scheme, with video and baseband electronics protected in a One-for-One environment. For added security, a centralized control console and computer monitoring system are specifically designed to provide ultimate flexibility in signal tracking capabilities and maintenance efforts. An automatic alarm monitoring system provides real-time status and transmission quality information to station personnel to verify signal integrity, and a fully redundant power supply system provides a seamless transfer from commercial power to on-site diesel generators when needed."

* From a 1998 press release:

"On the weekend of March 7th, El Nino's influence was felt in the upper Midwest, as winter storms dumped several layers of ice and snow on the Chicago area.

"By 4:00 AM on March 9th, more than 260,000 Chicago area homes and businesses had lost their power connections, causing widespread disruption of basic services like electricity and heat.

"However, throughout the blizzard, SpaceCom's Chicago International Teleport (CIT) remained 'on-the-air' - transmitting an uninterrupted stream of audio and data signals for SpaceCom customers across the nation, even though the CIT's commercial power was cut off."

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Posted on July 10, 2012


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