Long distance television

The Southbank apartment building I’m staying in is 32 floors high, with the antenna pointed at Mt Dandenong (I say that this as I can access the “manual tuning” option on the TV which shows VHF 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 tuned in plus UHF 32 for C31 being tuned in).

So I had a go at manually scanning for Mt Tassie (Traralgon / Gippsland) UHF 28-31 and 33, but nothing there.

I thought I might have had a chance as the antenna would have to be on the roof here to get Dandenong given all the high rises here and that I’ve seen houses in the south east out near Berwick that have UHF antennas aimed for Mt Tassie.

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You’ll find that they put filters in the MATV mix to block out any other signals. There is a modern hotel in Surfers Paradise that was set up for Mt Coot-tha only when built in 2017. No UHF signals could be found by manually scanning however, with a cheap set of rabbit ears, you could pick up all services from Mt Tamborine.

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Few days ago just out of Renmark, just needed the bottom bar to go up 1 or more times for some kind of picture to lock on. Have to wait for the warmer months for some stronger tropo.

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I wonder if Canberra Tv would be possible from the Southern ridgeline of the Gib??? last week I successfully received Canberra Dab+ 8d on a portable device from the Bowral lookout. Sydney Dab+ 9a/ 9b was also receivable but no Canberra or Sydney 9C due to co channel interference.
Obviously you would require a very high gain vertical band 3 antenna with a masthead amp and some shielding from the Sydney signal, but with each signal on a different polarity should help.

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It’s possible but not guaranteed.

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Little touch of tropo this morning in Renmark S.A.
NINE Mildura (212.500mHz) was coming up with ‘no service’ on my Panasonic TV (signal quality: 1, signal strength: 4-5, 5 was yellow not green). I’ve had a picture with the same strength in the past but couldn’t quite decode the signal this time

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First long distance TV of the season just out of Renmark, weak signal and picture was a mess.

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In Two Rocks (60km north of Perth) this afternoon, thanks to its warm weather, I’ve managed to get the regional WA channels from Bunbury on a TV connected to a VHF/UHF aerial pointed towards Carmel/Bickley. That’s over 200km away!! :scream:

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so has anyone even had anything in terms of long distance TV lately? seems to have been pretty dead so far this season

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It’s very hard where I am with so many signals co-chanelled.

FM has been so much easier to log long distance catches with many more frequencies available and repeaters not needed as much.

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signals were strong enough for long distance TV this morning in Renmark S.A, couldn’t lock on to any signals as it kept jumping between the Adelaide Hills and Mildura transmitters (signal quality: 1, signal strength: 5 [green])

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There are still a few high gain Band II antennas in Taralga NSW; presumably they were for WIN4. Analogue FM from Knights Hill is quite strong there. Also saw a few high gain UHFers pointing towards Mount Canobolas, from Crookwell.

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I was there earlier this year.

Had lunch at a cafe that had Prime7 on.

Unfortunately didn’t get to see any locals ads to work out which sub market feeds the local translator… Could be any of Wollongong, Orange or Canberra as its somewhat in the middle of all three… my guess is the latter as that’s what Goulburn gets.

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According to this document, the Crookwell translator feeds its signal of the commercial networks & SBS off Mt Gray in Goulburn, which relays the Canberra services. ABC are fed off satellite.

The Taralga translator feeds its signal off Knights Hill.

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Goulburn (Mt. Gray) mostly took Canberra feeds in the analogue era, apart from one channel which was fed from Knights Hill (can’t remember which; I’ve posted about it before). But back in the solus days, plenty of folk on the Southern Tablelands would have had antennas for both CTC7 (CTC10) and WIN4.

I remember watching the cricket inside Hungry Jacks Marulan in the late 90s; they were receiving WIN Illawarra, probably directly off Knights Hill (UHF59).

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That would’ve been WIN which took its feed from Knights Hill (Illawarra) instead of Black Mountain (Canberra) that Prime & (Ten) Capital took. I think by the end of the 90s, it would’ve switched over to the Canberra feed.

I remember a similar story in that same restaurant in that same era, in which I observed them receiving Ten Capital from Wollongong, directly off Knights Hill (UHF 62).

Slightly OT, this was the days when regional commercial TV was still a bit more interesting than it is now. :slight_smile:

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Conditions must be too unfavorable for any decent chance of ducting in S.A in terms of receiving long distance TV stations at a viewable quality


Did lock on to this pixelated mess this morning in Renmark.

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TV-Expert, is there a similar spreadsheet available for radio stations? Searched the now useless ACMA site and couldn’t find anything.

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Here’s the page to bookmark: https://www.acma.gov.au/list-transmitters-licence-broadcast

And the document you’re after: https://www.acma.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-12/BroadcastTransmitterExcel.zip

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