I am open to correction here, but I think the bigger concern for you with
registration may be two-degree compliance. Smaller dishes often don't meet the
requirement to have adequate rejection of adjacent signals beyond a two-degree
aperture. I am not sure you can register a non-compliant dish.
As the others have stated here, registration is optional, but the purpose
is to help support the guys like Mark Johnson who are working hard with the
FCC to minimize the damage the terrestrial re-allocation proposal might cause
to the fixed earth station services upon which our stations depend. The idea
is that if we have fifteen thousand earth stations registered instead of the
fifteen hundred or so that were in the database when this hullabaloo all
started, it might help make the case that the band is not as under-utilized as
the terrestrial proponents are claiming.
It seems apparent the Chairman is hot to do some kind of expansion here,
which puts us in a tough spot. TV guys have already watched some of their BAS
frequencies get swallowed up by other services, not to mention the
re-allocation of UHF channels that have basically just gone away from
television service. We haven't seen much of this affecting us directly in
radio, but here it is, something that affects all but a tiny percentage of
end-users, putting content providers in the position of having to potentially
scramble to continue uninterrupted service.
I'm extremely concerned about how this proposed change will shake out.
The proponents think the whole band is under-utilized, but even the idea of
giving 100 Mhz away to other services is something I am very unhappy about. It
doesn't take much terrestrial interference to wipe out satellite reception
(been there, done that, bought the filters that still weren't enough).