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    • I think I may not have communicated the issue clearly. CH6(Seven) signal strength is always good whether via the masthead amp or not. It is the QUALITY which is bad which to me means that there is likely interference and packets are dropping. I am no way any expert in these matters but surely a field strength meter only measures the strength of the signal NOT the Quality which needs a digital tuner to measure. I am willing to be corrected on that but I can't see how a meter can measure the  digital packet quality without some sort of tuner/debug/error detect software involved.  My Quality varies constantly on CH6(Seven( varying from good to poor, very poor and non extistent), I might take a video of the  signal screen  page on my TV to show you. It is in constant motion sliding across the screen from poor to good and back again. btw disconnected the landline and no difference.
    • Oh Alan, the world's moved on & left you well behind. The days of "Telstra Broadcast lines" or even ISDN lines for STL's are gone. I'm currently engineering a new TX site for the station I work at, & a new STL will be part of it. We're looking at running IP codecs via the internet (NBN) as the main STL, the new TX has multiple auto switching inputs & one of those can be configured to feed the TX off our Shoutcast web stream. The IP codecs for the primary STL can be in a number of different compressed audio algorithms or run uncompressed PCM algorithms at no extra cost for Stereo or 5.1 surround if needed other than slightly more data use over the internet. One of my competitor stations have just installed a new STL which is a multi point 5 GHz WiFi, it costs them absolutely nothing to run (after initial equipment purchase), no licence fees & no data transfer costs, as it's them transmitting & receiving the data using the 5 GHz public WiFi spectrum. I could feed a transmitter in New Zealand from a studio in Sydney with the STL via IP Codecs over the internet for next to nothing, running a TX in mono instead of Stereo because the STL costs are too expensive are not an excuse any longer.
    • I fear that as the rollout continues and the costs mount, corners will be cut and there will be LESS cabinets set up to serve residential areas.  I note in my neighbouring  suburb of Osborne Park (Perth), which is a light industrial area combined with retail outlets (in suburb Inaloo), in one street, there are TWO cabinets within 100 metres of each other in King Edward Street.  Go figure that .... In short I think it is a project that is so massive, chaotic and one that so many underestimated the scale .....  we are paying the penalty for decades of neglect and penny pinching.  My house which is 200 metres from the area that HAS been NBN enabled (Osborne Park), will be connected, I am told, towards the end of 2018.
    • At the moment it is not costing me any dollars to try and work it out. I never usually watch Channel Seven so bugger it (sour grapes), If I can't fix it then since all other channels are fine I will miss the Olympics on  Seven, but then in my experience FTA broadcasters do a terrible job at these events with most action focussed on celebrity panels and  show only sports in which Australia has a potential medal. I will go and watch it at my son's house, he has a bigger TV than me and also has the fastest NBN fibre connection so watching "minority sports" is an option together with VPN to other countries Olympic feeds.
    • Its possible to do, i have a Crestron home automation system at home and you can program it to turn things on and off when ever you want. Not sure if there is some other way to do it.