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Topic # 30430 8-Feb-2009 10:36
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Hi.

Just wondered if anyone has tried recieving DVB-T signal from up north in New Plymouth?

What antennae/amp are you using, and what signal strength are you getting? Is it reliable, or prone to dropouts?

I've just bought a Dvico TViX M6500A with DVB-T tuner and NZ freeview compatable firmware, and wonder if it's worth shelling out for a high gain antennae. I have a kingray UHF/VHF masthead amp with adjustable gain, will that work OK with digital?

Regards, Allen.





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  Reply # 194718 8-Feb-2009 10:51
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I think its possible, it maybe a case of trial and error.
I remember going back 10 years when I spent some time living in New Plymouth I noticed that Burtons pub were trying to pick up Sky UHF from Mt Te Aroha, using a 91 Element UHF Antenna on a mast around 5m tall, I'm not sure how good the results were but there is Antenna installer there called "The antenna man" who setup a small UHF repeater on top of the TSB building to broadcast Trackside, and you could see just below the transmitter a double 91 Element UHF Antenna pointed towards Mt Te Aroha.

If all else fails I do believe Taranaki is on the "phase 2" rollout plan of DVB-T, there are UHF channels allocated to the North Egmont Transmitter for it



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  Reply # 194720 8-Feb-2009 11:10
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The Antenna man says that a few people have bought pretty standard antenna (half a dozen elements and wire reflector) and masthead amps and are recieving it, but it's all anecdotal and he hasn't done any installs.

I was talking to him yesterday, and he didn't think that Taranaki was even on radar for it's own transmitter?

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  Reply # 194721 8-Feb-2009 11:18
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Yeah its going to be Trial/Error, if you do sucessfully get it going let us know Smile
There are def UHF channels allocated for FreeviewHD for North Egmont, its just there is no transmission gear installed. Here is the channel plan

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  Reply # 194722 8-Feb-2009 11:25
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AllenG: I was talking to him yesterday, and he didn't think that Taranaki was even on radar for it's own transmitter?



Freeview|HD currently covers 75% of the population. A rollout plan to cover 87% was created at the same time as a phase 2 expansion but there is no funding from the government at this stage for that.

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