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BelloTV.

I agree that I should have explained "Better than".

I am currently updating the transmitter list. I wll fix the "Get the Best Reception" posts then.

AlanH

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BelloTV,

Values of errors I have quoted are prior to any error correction ie Channel BER or aBER or Pre-Viterbi. The value quoted is from Australian Standard 1367

MER is the error ratio after all error correction and is not quoted as a ratio but in dB instead.

So BER will give the true level of errors. Post Viterbi BER is the errors left after the first attempt at error correction using the Viterbi Error Corrector. The signal is now Reed Solomon error corrected.

The MER shows how well the error correction system can remove the errors.

So the antenna installation should be adjusted to minimise the channel BER. Once this has been achieved the MER should be >25 dB

AlanH

MER and BER are both key measurements to be taken.

In the DVB-T system, their measurement take-off point is essentially the same.

Modulation Error Ratio (MER) is not measured "after all error correction".

And it doesn't ... shows how well the error correction system can remove the errors.

This shows a fundemental misunderstanding of how the DVB-T system operates. And what some of the key measurements are to try and make sure there is a reliable digital signal there.

This detail is taken further here.

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A change in UHF band. Only replace antenna if the signals break up which may be weather dependent.

an

All analog channels within the antenna channel range will

ABC1 analog Narooma, Ashford, Inverell, Lithgow, Mudgee, Nyngan, Cobar, Broken Hill

Prime Central Tablelands, Mudgee, Khancoban, SW Slopes/E Riverina

WIN/NBN analog Bega, Murrurundi

Cabling SW Slopes/E Riverina

I'm not sure what the above means after the 'an'. Is there a missing line?

Also where can I find out when digital channels are going to be switched on in my area? (mudgee). Thanks.

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Hi everybody,

I just purchased a Elgato Eyetv DVB-T USB stick for my laptop, as well as a Dick Smith L4069 Indoor TV Antenna. As I am currently studying at the University of New England in Armidale, I am not able to use an external antenna due to internal policies at my residential hall on campus.

At this time, I having issues getting my Antenna to pick up any coverage in any way shape or form. I currently have my antenna directed towards "Little Duval Mountain" which is the Primary site for this area, however I can't pick anything up whatsoever. Am I being too wishful thinking that this will work, or is it just blind luck that this darn thing isn't working?

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Hi everybody,

I just purchased a Elgato Eyetv DVB-T USB stick for my laptop, as well as a Dick Smith L4069 Indoor TV Antenna. As I am currently studying at the University of New England in Armidale, I am not able to use an external antenna due to internal policies at my residential hall on campus.

At this time, I having issues getting my Antenna to pick up any coverage in any way shape or form. I currently have my antenna directed towards "Little Duval Mountain" which is the Primary site for this area, however I can't pick anything up whatsoever. Am I being too wishful thinking that this will work, or is it just blind luck that this darn thing isn't working?

You can go round in circles trying to tune in a digital signal on internal antennas .

If they are not in the right position there is nothing being picked up for the tuner to "lock" onto.Without a "pretuned" channel ,you can't find where to position them .

If possible,see if you can take your laptop to somewhere where there is a known good antenna (preferably an outside one) ,plug this into your laptop and tune your channels on that.

Once back in your room,you can plug your indoor antenna in and move it around until you find a place where it might work.

My experience with USB stick tuners and indoor antennas is that they suck.

USB stick and many PC tuner cards usually need more signal that Set top box's or TV's with built in digital tuners generally need to work and this is compounded by the fact that indoor antennas generally scrape the bottom of the barrel regarding strong clean signals.

TV signals and in particular UHF ones as you are trying to receive don't penetrate buildings very well.

You may find that an outdoor UHF antenna will work better indoors than some tricky dick indoor antenna but it must be mounted vertical for the transmitter you are aiming for.

Another trick that may help is to borrow an analog TV (or try the analog tuner in the stick if it has one) and see if you can get some analog channels first. Use this to help find a "better "position for your indoor antenna and then try another digital rescan.

Hope this helps ,Bellotv

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You can go round in circles trying to tune in a digital signal on internal antennas .

If they are not in the right position there is nothing being picked up for the tuner to "lock" onto.Without a "pretuned" channel ,you can't find where to position them .

If possible,see if you can take your laptop to somewhere where there is a known good antenna (preferably an outside one) ,plug this into your laptop and tune your channels on that.

Once back in your room,you can plug your indoor antenna in and move it around until you find a place where it might work.

My experience with USB stick tuners and indoor antennas is that they suck.

USB stick and many PC tuner cards usually need more signal that Set top box's or TV's with built in digital tuners generally need to work and this is compounded by the fact that indoor antennas generally scrape the bottom of the barrel regarding strong clean signals.

TV signals and in particular UHF ones as you are trying to receive don't penetrate buildings very well.

You may find that an outdoor UHF antenna will work better indoors than some tricky dick indoor antenna but it must be mounted vertical for the transmitter you are aiming for.

Another trick that may help is to borrow an analog TV (or try the analog tuner in the stick if it has one) and see if you can get some analog channels first. Use this to help find a "better "position for your indoor antenna and then try another digital rescan.

Hope this helps ,Bellotv

Thanks BelloTV. I'll see if I can test the signal via the Common-room TV's antenna. Hopefully its pointed towards Little Duval, otherwise I'm screwed. The Eyetv is Digital only, as a Hybrid was well and truly outside of my budget. Other people have been able to connect via Digital cards in my dorm, so here's hoping this is fixable!!

Thank you!!

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Evening all,I have been following the forum for ages and now need some advise and assistance....thanks.

We reside in OPeak Hill right behind the open cut that blocks us from Mt.Canobolas.We rely on retransmission here which as present is diguital from Mt.canobolas and analogue to our sets,BUT we have a smart (we think) firey who is going around and pointing antenna north and being able to transmit didital fro notrth somewhere.

I am seeking to know where and who north of Peak Hill is sending a digital signal towards us.We are able to ponmt our antenna north BUT who is ending the signal is it Coonabarabran.Dubbo,Gilganddra or where.I am fuklkly able to turn the antenna as I am able to do the same for many residents in peak Hill.

The ones that live south of the Newell Highway we have successfully pointed antenna towards Mt.Canobolas,BUT the ones that reside north of Peak Hill and have clear line of sight north are missing out.

Can some one advise as to who north is sending out a digital signal,.

UI have GPS so a conmpass reading,or even a location is all I require.

Can some one assist in this.

Thanks heaps

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Evening all,I have been following the forum for ages and now need some advise and assistance....thanks.

We reside in OPeak Hill right behind the open cut that blocks us from Mt.Canobolas.We rely on retransmission here which as present is diguital from Mt.canobolas and analogue to our sets,BUT we have a smart (we think) firey who is going around and pointing antenna north and being able to transmit didital fro notrth somewhere.

I am seeking to know where and who north of Peak Hill is sending a digital signal towards us.We are able to ponmt our antenna north BUT who is ending the signal is it Coonabarabran.Dubbo,Gilganddra or where.I am fuklkly able to turn the antenna as I am able to do the same for many residents in peak Hill.

The ones that live south of the Newell Highway we have successfully pointed antenna towards Mt.Canobolas,BUT the ones that reside north of Peak Hill and have clear line of sight north are missing out.

Can some one advise as to who north is sending out a digital signal,.

UI have GPS so a conmpass reading,or even a location is all I require.

Can some one assist in this.

Thanks heaps

Two possibilities I'd reckon

* Buninyong Hill, north-east of Dubbo (though it is only low power)

* Mt Cenn Cruaich, in the Warrumbungles (which is a high power transmitter).

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dkint3,

Thanks for the infor,BUT I feel that at Dubbo,this spot is still now only used for ham radio repeaters,BUT Wurrumbungles is a possibility.....

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...I feel that at Dubbo,this spot is still now only used for ham radio repeaters...

According to the ACMA listings, Buninyong Hill does have the full suite of Digital channels (I have no idea whether they would be receivable in your location, however):

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SBS 55 (718.625 MHz) - (SBS)

ABQN 58 (739.625 MHz) - (ABC)

CBN 61 (760.625 MHz) - (PRIME)

WIN 64 (781.5 MHz) - (WIN)

CTC 67 (802.5 MHz) - (SC10)

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All these services are horizontally polarised.

Cheers,

ChaosMaster.

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Morning ChaosMaster,

Thanks for your information.I was aware of those outputs as they are also located at Sappa Bulga Rd (same location) as every other TX position for Dubbo.

99% of TV transmission out here believe it or not are vertical,so it appears that we will have to adjust our antenna to horizontal to work.

We have retransmission from Mt.Canobolas which is Vertical for Prime,WINTV,Southern Cross Broadcasting (10) and Auntie (ABC),so will revert back to horizontal.....

Will get onto the roof over the weekend,as I have a couple of amateur antennas to relocate and we shall see what happens.....watch this space.

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Peter,

Go to the first post in this strand and open the transmitter list. It is in regions so you can see all digital transmitters in each region including yours. You will notice that Peak Hill will be getting a set of digital transmitters in the second half of next year or early in the next year.

Mt Cenn Cruaich 172 km 27 degrees true azimuth

Dubbo 70 km 41 degrees true azimuth

With such distances this is why your town will be getting a set of digital translators with ABC NSW, SBS, Prime, WIN and Southern Cross.

AlanH

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Evening alanh,

We are fully aware of all the hoopla about this BUT we have retransmission towers here in Peak Hill and we are not included in this program.We have been ionformed by Parkes Council (we are under the auspices of Parkes) that due to the fact that we have thr retransmission outlets here in Peak Hill that it is up to WINTV and also Prime TV as to when the change over is to be done.All that is needed here is a set top box digital in to digital out.We know this as a matter of fact BUT we are trying to involve Parkes Council along with the TV stations in Orange to change over the equipment.Many of our towbnfold have digital TV by aiming their TV antenna at Orange which is successful,BUT those that reside behind or near the Open Cut Experience are blocked by this mount and are seeking an alternative.....we ae not trying to beat the system only trying to assist in getting a better service sooner rather than later.

One has to live here to know what is occuring.

Anyway the information supplied by ACMA is out of date and is in need of updating as does the Government information.

We as Amateur Radio Operators have already offered to install the equipment BUT we are now waiting for Orange & Parkes Council to approve the move and upgrade the digital equipment.

I reside on the norther aspect of town,I am blocked by the mountain,so thefore like many others are heading towards Dubbo for transmission .

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Well folks,just installed a 'digital' antenna poked in the direction of Dubbo and hey guess what ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at all.

Can some one supply me please with a correct compass reading for Dubbo transmitting site,as Dubbo Council dont have a clue.

Thanks

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Well folks,just installed a 'digital' antenna poked in the direction of Dubbo and hey guess what ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at all.

Can some one supply me please with a correct compass reading for Dubbo transmitting site,as Dubbo Council dont have a clue.

Thanks

alanh gave you an approximate bearing from Peak Hill to the Dubbo transmission site of "70 km 41 degrees true azimuth".

I say approximate, as it would depend on the exact location of your receiving antenna, but generally 40-45 deg 'true' azimuth.

The type of antenna, how it's mounted, the terrain and distance between you and the transmission site and the power of the transmitters all contribute to whether it's practical to pursue trying to receive signals from Dubbo.

The fact you have local translators is probably evidence that reception from Dubbo is not likely to be reliable, if achievable at all.

The networks are responsible for ensuring you have access to all digital channels available locally by the full analogue switch-off, of 31 Dec 2013.

Unfortunately, there are numerous towns in the same predicament nationally and funding and installing the required transmitters may take a while.

If for some reason, Peak Hill won't have digital terrestrial translators installed, the VAST satellite service will be made available to you.

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Peter,

The broadcasters will be installing all the digital repeaters in Peak Hill.

AlanH

This is also my understanding..... you just have to wait, unfortunately.

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Sorry BUT they arent.We have retransmission equipment here,which is directed directly at Mt.Canobolas.I know this as I reside here and Parkes Council,along with WINTV,Prime & a bunch of Amateur radio operators,me included,know that there are set top boxes at the retransmission site,BUT have filters in them,so that we get digital into the set top boxes and analogue out,BUT in saying this if residents reside south of Peak Hill they are able to swing their antennas to antennas to Mt.Canobolas and receive digital signal,and if you reside north,BUT a clear direct route to Dubbo then one can rceive digital signal,BUT me,well I reside behind a hill,but will keep on trying.

Unless you reside here you dont have a cluee what is going on,and this business about the TV station supplying us with digital in 2013 is utter rubbish.It is a metter of changing set top boxes,they know it,we know it,BUT Parkes Council have better things to do with thier money than spend it supplying us withdigital.

They have it in Parkes,BUT again,who really cares about Peak Hill,we just pay our rates & taxes and sit back and shut up....NO THANK you.

If I am able to get an accurate rerady on Buniyong Hill (Dubbo Council wont supply it,) then I can assist people out.

Yes I am a technician (retired) and dont need people to tell us what we are getting and what we arent.

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PeterWH,

It is the broadcasters who have promised to install digital repeaters as part of a deal with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. The Department is paying for satellite hire and the broadcasters pay for a number of digital repeaters. Peak Hill is one of them.

The Parkes Shire Council does not have to do anything but decommission their transmitters after the analog switchoff in your area.

Digital repeaters do not use set top boxes. The translator will shift the incoming digital channels to an intermediate frequency. It will be filtered and then upconverted to the translators' output frequency. A power amplifier is then used to feed the antenna. A filterplexer is used to combine the output of 5 transmitters to give all channels.

The only demodulation and decompression is used for monitoring only.

List of Self help sites to be replaced by broadcaster funded translators

The existing transmitter licences are only for analog transmissions. You will need digital licences before you can go on air. You will need to contact www.ACMA.gov.au and ask. Otherwise you will have an illegal set of transmitters.

There is no guarantee that the RF channels used for analog will be the same for digital.

AlanH

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