I'm after some advice for my Father-in-law who lives in Calty Close Verrierdale Qld 4562. (which is between Eumundi and Tewantin).
(Google maps shows it up quite well.)
He has a Phased Array antenna (installed professionally) soon after moving-in in 1999.
It is mounted on a very high pole with 3 wire guides supporting the pole. (like 6 mtrs up!).
He thinks there is an amplifier in the roof.
It is directed towards to the Dulong translator site at Nambour.
At this stage he only has an analog TV.
Reception is poor to very poor for all channels - but he can at least receive them all.
Whilst recently visiting him over the festive season (and experiencing his poor tv reception) I was wondering about installing a digital stb.
This led me to re-visit the DTV forum and consider exactly where he should be receiving tv reception from.
Using the ABC Reception Advice website - it would appear to me that the Sunrise Road site at Tewantin is much closer than the Nambour site -
so depending on local terrain issues - it should provide much better reception. But it is only a 'Community' power and not the 'Town' power of the Nambour site?
The maps provided are pretty rough (I guess they are only a guide) - his site is probably in the 'no-mans land' area between both coverages.
Does anyone know when the Sunrise Rd site started transmissions?
I noticed that his neighbours antenna (also a phased array) and only installed in the last 2 years is pointing towards Nambour (ie south) and not Sunrise Rd (ie North).
Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions or better still some experience with TV reception in this immediate area??
Recommendations for a good antenna installer would also be welcomed.
(Of course I will review the cabling, upgrade to RG6 and F connectors, etc, etc as time go bye).
My father-in-law is in his 70's and doesn't complain about anything and reckons the receiption's ok so long as you don't get to close to the telly.
Since we live in Brisbane we don't visit too often - so this might become my 'project' for 2009.
Next visit I'll take our STB up for a trial and see what we can see.
Edit - added comment about reviewing cabling and connectors.
Edited by timbo, 03 January 2009 - 12:55 PM.