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Would you confer with me on this couple in Australia


Would you look at this post I responded to regarding ABC channel reception on a DVR with tuner sold in Australia. Apparently the LG model built in antenna is notably weak at capturing ABC channels. I read of someone who built his own antenna, placed it in the Attic (or whatever you call it in AU).

Its my guess there must be someone selling decent antennas in the market where you live and giving this couple some pointers would be nice.

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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Oct 23, 2008

    Would you mind if I just copied and pasted your reply into the Solution with attribution to you and your user url here at FixYa?

    Or, if you would rather add your own reply into the Solution that's fine as well.

    What you wrote is very good, but really pertains to an AU TV user's experience. Things aren't that much different here in the US, our FCC allocates band, bandwidth and channels in the band. They just got through auctioning off a frequency and channels in the 5.8GHz area for WiMax which is a pretty cool way of getting 3G broadband on a handheld by hopping across other devices on an encrypted channel of the frequency. These will be express card inserts for laptops as well. Sprint won the auction with a company called ClearWire here in the States and Google is working with All Tell for the same thing to get 3G WiMax to the masses on the cheap.

    Here where I live in Nevada we have more mountain ranges than the rest of the US combinedl. As a result every town has translators and a TV Hill. As a UHF and VHF network it is really impressive to see how these broadcasts are propogated across the state.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Oct 23, 2008

    I'm still a bit on the fence with WiMax. It looks pretty good on paper, but the Spec for it seems to get tossed back and forth. So, who knows how many iterations the Spec will have before its actually stable. But, it is a great hope for the masses, especially when you get down into the massive 3rd World countries around the globe.

    Thanks for your permission.




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If they are looking for analog ABC, it is low band VHF, ch2 to be exact,where the rest are high band VHF, and needs a decent multiband antenna to get it in alot of areas, well in Brisbane at least. We have Mount Coot-tha that has a good propagation to most metro areas approx 40km radius, although it starts to get a bit noisy on the ABC due to lowband interference issues. .
There are many areas of AU that use UHF for TV also. Not enough hills in many parts of the east coast to get the coverage, so there can often be UHF translators that you need to tune onto. I suspect the ABC problem does relate to them not using an antenna that is suited to VHF, saying this of course if they get the other channels (7,9, and 10) ok.

Go here for a more specific channel/frequency guide to determine if it is the problem by location. ABC is on different channels almost depending on what suburb you are in for some areas. If the DVR can do digital, then they should go that way as it is now UHF ch21. It may be that they are trying to get analog signals, that will be turned of in the near future... so tuning the system in for UHF propagated digital is the way to go.

Back in the day when I used to do antenna I recommended the Hills PF11 antenna, multiband 11 element yagi with low/high band VHF/UHF, or a PF17 (17 element) with mast head amp if they are in a marginalised signal area. But a UHF array is still the best way to go if they can process a digital signal. Hope that helps :)


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  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Oct 23, 2008

    oh and the spurious harmonic auto tune may well be the issue, just that ch2 reception has been poor for so many people over the years, will be good to see it finally turned off!!

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Oct 23, 2008

    cut and paste at will ma man... :)

    Its an expanding market here in Au with wireless also. The comms co I service managed for missed the boat in my opinion having so many hill top comms sites, they stuck with the 2 way radio, and didnt get into the WiMax bandwagon. Making most of the revenue from mining industry and the MPT1327 trunking network. Good reason for me to get laid off in the end I guess. 65 yo Managing director could not see a future in internet access for his 30 years in the two way/comm site service industry.



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