Getting Started in
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
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
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
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
This repeater transmit at 446.500Mhz (DVB-T/DVB-S through 40 Watts Mosfet
Receives 1250Mhz and 5.695Ghz.