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Electrical Safety Switches – Life Saving Devices!

  • What are they?
  • How do they work?
  • Should I have them installed?

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Mobile Broadband and Reception Improvement

Some readers have been asking specific questions regarding wireless internet and mobile broadband coverage and reception, so I thought I would cover more information on this topic. How does mobile broadband work? To explain this, some of you may be currently using an ADSL modem (i.e internet over your existing phone line) or a cable modem which is connected to a dedicated cable from the street to access your emails and the internet. For those who use a mobile phone to access the internet, this data is communicated to you via your chosen carrier’s mobile phone network. The speed with which this occurs on your device depends on your carrier, your proximity to a mobile or 3G network tower, the network usage and the device’s capabilities. [Read more…]

Digital & Analog – Questions & Answers

Q: So what will happen when they switch off analog transmissions?
A: This means you will need either a digital set top box or a digital TV to receive the digital transmissions from this time. Additionally, you will need to ensure that you have adequate digital signals being received at your antenna and throughout your system cabling all the way to each TV or digital device that you use. From my experience, not all digital TVs and set top boxes perform the same – I have come across some expensive and well known brands that have proved to be ‘over sensitive’ when receiving digital TV transmissions and haven’t performed as well as their more cost effective counterparts. If you are having trouble with digital reception and experience continual dropouts or screen pixilation, it pays to get a signal check performed with proper digital measuring equipment to determine whether the signal is the issue, or your device.

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Information For Autumn 2013

We are nearly through another warm season and getting ready for the leaves to drop soon. This is good news for people with marginal TV reception – less storms and less foliage.

New Transmitter For Mt Kurrajong

For customers located in blackspot areas around Richmond, Maroota, parts of Wisemans Ferry, Berowra, Mt Colah etc, there may be some relief in sight. As of 20th March 2013, a new TV translator has been switched on, giving more opportunity for residents living in the North West of Sydney to obtain better digital TV reception. For further information or assistance, contact me.

Australian Made Antennas?

Some installers claim that their antennas are Australian made, and therefore, can maybe charge more. I can tell you that there are a lot of antennas getting around that are sold by Australian wholesale outlets, but are manufactured in China. This does not mean that they are all bad antennas – but, if it’s not actually made in Australia, then your installer shouldn’t advertise such things or tell you otherwise.

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.