Posted: 27 Oct 2010 Print Send a link
Radio World, 20 Oct 2010, Leslie Stimson: "Lt. Col. Douglas Williams of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, discussed the government’s aerial radio and television broadcasting from an EC-130J transport plane, dubbed 'Commando Solo.' ... Williams, squadron commander, gave a fascinating overview of how AM, FM, television and shortwave broadcasts are transmitted from the three planes, which can be re-fueled in mid-air. Communications specialists aboard the planes select which frequencies to use for transmission, including that of a foreign country. The typical mission lasts for 15 hours and the broadcasts are used to influence foreign audiences with the U.S. side of a story, he said. ... The Air Force is looking at upgrading its transmission equipment to digital, according to Williams, who added the new equipment would be in containers that can be rolled on and off the plane so that the aircraft could also be used for other things." -- Presumably the digital transmitters would be for countries where digital terrestrial television has been adopted. Will the digital picture forgive the various movements of the airplane?