Archives for February 2012

Government Endorsed Antenna Installer’s Scheme

There has been a lot of talk recently regarding the Government Endorsed Antenna Installer’s scheme.

What’s it all about?

Unlike licensed trades such as electricians or plumbers, the antenna installation industry is largely unregulated. This means that there are no mandatory training courses, capability testing requirement, licensing or 3rd party competency testing as such for anyone who wants to start walking on your roof and throwing up antennas. There are low entry barriers to this market, so anyone can buy a van and start installing them. Due to the many issues faced under the failed ceiling insulation scheme with shonky operators, the Government introduced the Antenna Installers Endorsement scheme to assist in offering the public accredited operators for installing antennas. At a minimum, these installers have to get their business details verified, references obtained, digital metering equipment assessed and recorded, insurances provided and annually updated, and on-line technical/theory competency exams undertaken. Additionally, a contract of agreement is signed with the Government. [Read more…]

V.A.S.T Satellite Frequency Changes – Commencing September 2012

Those of you who have an 11300 LNB will soon lose SBS reception on your satellite system. On the 4th September 2012, changes will be made to the Aurora Digital Satellite Platform that will impact the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) services. SBS and Optus are planning to carry out service rearrangements on the Optus satellites. So what does this mean for VAST owners who have an 11300 LNB? You will need a 10700 LNB to receive the new frequecncy assignments. If you require assistance with this, please contact me.