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Randy Thieben: A Look at the Ku Band

Having spent his career in field and studio broadcasting, Randy Thieben currently owns Central Coast Uplink in Monterey, California. As the head of Central Coast Uplink, he maintains a satellite truck that features full-service digital and analog mobile uplinks and downlinks. The only truck of its type in the region, it includes a dual path Ku band link to allow clients to broadcast their messages.

The Ku band, also known as the Kurtz-under band, refers to a frequency used in satellite communications. Ranging from 11.7 to 12.7GHz for downlink frequencies and 14 to 14.5GHz for uplink frequencies, this band has become popular for broadcasting satellite television.

When compared to the C band and the Ka Band, the Ku band offers several benefits. Although it needs more power to transmit than the C band, it can be effective with a smaller satellite dish. Relatively strong, it takes heavy rain of approximately 100 millimeters per hour for television viewers to notice reduced quality on the Ku band. Moreover, this band has become the standard for the aeronautical mobile satellite systems broadband market. Certain providers employ continental scale wide Ku band beams.

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Randy Thieben on Brewing at the White House

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Over these last few years, the people have gotten to know Barack Obama as a man who loves his beer. When the White House announced that it has been doing its own brewing for the Commander-in-Chief, requests flooded in asking for the release of its recipes. Beer enthusiasts gathered over 25,000 signatures to get the information released, and happily the White House complied in September 2012.

 

 

The recipes are for a Honey Porter and a Honey Brown Ale, both of which use honey harvested from the White House’s hives. As far as can be determined, the Honey Brown Ale is the first alcoholic beverage ever produced on the grounds of the White House. Since the release of the recipes, quick-thinking homebrew purveyors have been selling kits that provide the home brewer with all the tools and ingredients necessary to successfully recreate these two beer recipes.

About the Author: Randy Thieben owns the only full-service satellite uplink van in the Central Coast region of California and, among many other interests, is a home brewer himself.