The digitisation of VK3RTV on Mt Dandenong east of Melbourne followed a remarkable progression which began with black and white in 1977, then full colour television serving both Melbourne and Geelong.
Television was demonstrated by radio amateurs long before its introduction to Australia 1956. A notable display featured at the 1952 demonstration at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.
After 30 + years VK3RTV Analogue has closed. It now uses the DVB-T standard, the 'terrestrial' version of the digital broadcasting standard and can be received on commonly used household Set Top Boxes and digital television sets.
The transformation to DATV followed substantial funding by Amateur Radio Victoria and a grant from the WIA club scheme. Other amounts, equipment and voluntary time went into the project. The sector has now undergone growth and change.
At the heart of the project are German made boards with the system to be configured to have three inputs and two channel output, making it the first of its kind in Australia.
A highlight was the world's first DATV QSO Party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Amateur Radio Victoria in August, 2011. It was an overwhelming success with 13 local stations taking part and the importing of stations via Skype.
There were stations from around Australia and the world. Special emphasis was placed on the US where to event was televised and written about. It was streamed live via the British Amateur Television Club facility.
Local stations transmitted on VK3RTV1 while SKYPE used VK3RTV2. The accomplishment of digitisation and the QSO Party have been published in the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine.
The inputs are 1250 MHz VK3RTV1, 1278 MHz VK3RTV2, and 10.41 GHz VK3RTV2. Manual tuning is required to tune in a Set Top Box at 446.5 MHz to receive VK3RTV.
Signal reports can be given on the 2-metre 147.400MHz ATV liaison frequency.
Located at Bendigo Input Frequency 1250Mhz FM.
For latest info on VK3RBO ATV go to http://vk3ce.homeip.net/