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Amateur Radio Club Inc.

Portsdown DATV
5.6Ghz ATV



Getting Started in Amateur Television

   Whether it's watching live video from the International Space Station, building pre-amps and high power amplifiers for the microwave bands or developing high speed data links to carry digital TV signals, to the world of ATV has something to interest everyone!

   So what exactly is ATV? ATV is a fascinating area of our hobby which covers all aspects of video production, editing, transmission and reception. This article is about Fast Scan TV which means we transmit and receive pictures in the same quality as you receive from local and national TV stations such as ABC and SBS.

   Amateur Television has always been at the for front of the technology revolution. Many stations are now transmitting using the DVB broadcast standards and using video streaming technologies to exchange pictures with ATV operators around the world.

   How do I get started? The first place to start is to go the The British Amateur Television Club's (BATC) video streaming portal where you can view most of the UK TV repeaters along with those from Australia, USA and South America. These are streamed live along with live interactive chat room so you can join in the discussion.

   Most repeater groups have regular net nights and all welcome new comers to the interactive discussion. Once you have caught the bug and want to know more, the next thing to do is to join the BATC it gives you access to whole host of information.

   Amateur Television (ATV) transmissions in Melbourne are mostly via the VK3RTV amateur television repeater on Mt Dandenong although a number of operators make simplex contacts on both 70cm, 23cm and 3cm. The ATV repeater is in operation 24 hrs a day and provides coverage of the greater Melbourne area.

  Amateur Television (ATV) transmissions in Sydney are done via the VK2RTS Repeater located at Lawson west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, 750m above sea level.

This repeater transmit at 446.500Mhz (DVB-T/DVB-S through 40 Watts Mosfet PA.

Receives 1250Mhz and 5.695Ghz.



Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. York Street, Teralba NSW