Digital TV Technical Discussion

I used to love going to my Nan and Pop’s place in Bicheno as a kid because I got to experience the Hobart TV stations with it being in the period where TasTV was only in the south. Can’t remember if they had SBS at that stage or not which was certainly in Hobart but not up north yet.

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That reminds me, here at Strahan, it gets the Launceston feed. I was half expecting Hobart.

Will be interesting to see what I have at Cradle Mountain Village tomorrow night… Myswitch says only receivable TX is Mt Barrow but with “poor coverage”… maybe it will have VAST?

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Pretty sure they’re VAST up there and if that place is the one I’m thinking of they’ve had an internet upgrade recently so I think it’s Starlink but it also goes through the TV coax cables which were going to all the units. Have had a few clients over the years all wanting internet coverage and it’s been pretty difficult to even get mobile reception up there so nice that things are finally moving up there.

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Is that the Cradle Mountain Hotel (that’s where I staying at)?

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Nah, that’s a different one but quite a nice place. Have stayed there before. Great for the wildlife experience.

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At Cradle Mountain Hotel, free to air is Launceston feed, I assume from Mt Barrow but haven’t seen any obvious TV antennas on any roofs in the complex here yet. Will have another look tomorrow.

Reception is surprisingly decent, haven’t seen it pixelate in last 30 minutes.

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I recall a mix of VAST or Launceston channels around Cradle Mountain depending on the quality of FTA reception I guess. It’s been ten years since I’ve been to Tas though.

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Yes, definitely further down into the National Park, I think you’d need VAST, the hotel is at the higher northern edge of the area.

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Currently at Stanley TAS.

Most antennas here are VHF log periodic ones pointed at Lileah. It’s only a 1kw TX and 23 kms away. I’ve always thought (and I’m not sure why) that log periodic is an inferior design to yagis and phased arrays. I’ve never seen so many log periodic antennas, nearly everywhere else I’ve seen in Hobart/mainland, the VHF antennas are usually yagis or phased arrays. Maybe the local installer here just like log periodic antennas and/or they were cheap?

My motel for some reason has a UHF antenna pointed at Wynyard, 41 km away and a 2.5kw TX. But reception pixelates frequently, it looks to me like the antenna is pointed north east, when it should be south east,

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Manning River DTV as seen on the Tiny SA Spectrum Analyser at Boambee Headland. Quite a reasonable signal.

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Would be interesting to see if that translates into a stable watchable signal.

The furthest north I’ve seen a Middle Brother TV antenna is at Nambucca Heads (down by the river on Wellington Drive, where the hills block the signal from Moombil).

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If I had a proper Band 3 antenna attached, it probably would.

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Crowded UHF band 15 floors up at Broadbeach. Good mix of Mt Nardi, Currumbin/Gold Coast Southern Hinterland and Mt Tamborine.



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You’ve probably got SE Brisbane (UHF 29-33) mixed in there too, I’ve received them at Southport before. On a good day Bald Knob is probably there too, maybe some Moombil as well.

Easily, although with some variability with the weather. The Matchmaster antenna selection site reckons a field strength of 50 dBuV, which is reasonable.