ERIC Number: ED261669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Communications Satellite Receiver Systems for Public Schools: A Technical Primer.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Designed to aid school districts contemplating use of some of the telecommunications services now available by satellite, this document contains information on home satellite receiving dishes (Television Receive-Only--TVROs), which can receive radio signals carrying television, sound, and data. This information includes: some factors involved in planning for implementation of a dish; an overview of satellite telecommunications; descriptions of receive-only systems; guidelines for successful programming, including video, audio, and teleconferences; a physical description of the dish; causes of electromagnetic noise; concern for aesthetics; suggestions for site selection, dish aiming, and dish mounts; equipment needed, including feedhorn, wave guide, low noise amplifier (LNA), downconverter, cables, and receivers; TVRO equipment warranty and servicing needs, including licenses, registrations, and costs; and speculations about the technology's future. Additional supporting materials consist of a self test on satellite receiving systems (with answers), a glossary of terms, and a bibliography. Lists of television channels devoted to education, college, teacher inservice, public affairs, ethnic, cultural, and news programming are appended, as well as a discussion of programming management and fees. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.