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Amateur TV capable
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Not all DVB-T DiGiTaL TV receivers can tune in to the 70cm amateur television service (440-450Mhz) but the below list can. These receivers have been tested by aTV users and found to work well with the VK3RTV DVB-T repeater on Mt. Dandenong in Melbourne, Australia.

ATV signals are outside of the normal TV bands and some receivers are deaf and need a signal boost, by way of an RF amplifier or dedicated antenna. DTV receivers with signal sensitivity figure of -70dBm or better will work with most domestic TV set-ups, they work best when they're the only DTV receiver connected to the antenna, no splitters / multiple outlets.

To find out if VK3RTV is transmitting visit
BATC.TV or VK3RTV.COM
for viewing on-line in almost real time.

Also note that DTV receivers are quickly superseded by newer models or different revisions of the same model and the aTV capability may not be available in earlier or later versions of makes or models listed here. Stated equipment frequency ranges and sensitivity may not be as stated in their manual, only physical testing by dialling up 446.500Mhz when VK3RTV is active will ensure if the DTV receiver is aTV capable. It seems to be the nature of manufacturers to make "changes without notice".

SD Model # Manufact. From Date Tested $ RX -dBm
DT 2030 AWA - 06 / 2010 40 -78
DT2135 DSE GH5912 Dick Smith 01 / 2010 40 -
* STD 2500p Digicrystal - 12 / 2011 - -
* XC-4914 Digital View Jaycar 12 / 2009 30 -70
SRT5006 Strong Radio Parts 12 / 2009 - -
SDB451 TEAC - 10 / 2009 - -
TEV602 Tevion Aldi 10 / 2009 40 -
TV-1202 Tevion - 2009 - -
STB255 Aiko Big W 10 / 2009 40 -
SRT5023X Strong - 10 / 2009 - -
* DV-1000T Humax - 09 / 2009 - -70
JT3300C+ Phoenix - 01 / 2011 - -
TRC 501AU RCA - 2009 - -
S 8862 DynaLink Altronics 08 / 2011 250 -
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TV Frequencies...

HD Model # Manufact. From Date Tested $ -dBm
MD 20133 TV BAUHN Aldi 2010 - -
TV5015 Tevion Aldi 02 / 2011 - -
* STB 5 HD Wintal Radio Parts 11 / 2009 120 -72
* STB 14 HD Wintal Radio Parts 09 / 2016 49 -
PVR– X10A Wintal " 2009 - -
HDR1600T TEAC - 10 / 2009 - -
* E16Z11B-AU SONIQ JB HiFi 03 / 2012 99 -
SRT5023X Strong - 2009 - -
SRT5405E Strong - 10 / 2009 - -78.5
SRT5435 Strong - 08 / 2011 - -
* HHT893 Healing Radio Parts 11 / 2009 110 -
* HHT894 Healing Radio Parts 11 / 2009 130 -80
- - - - - -
HVBT-2000 OLIN - 2009 - -
HVBT-2000B OLIN - 2009 105 -
DTV Alpha Twinham - 2009 95 -78
DVB-T300 Compro
Videomate
- 2009 60 -
DVX55U - - 2009 - -
DVB8800HD Celestial - 2009 115 -90
LED22DFR TECO Australia - 2014 - -
* Items have been tested with domestic equipment, cables and antenna.
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To check if your DTV receiver can tune amateur TV signals you'll need a quality high gain UHF antenna pointing at the amateur TV service, use quality coax cable and connectors as aTV signals are at a low power level, you'll need as much signal gain as you can muster. For other amateur TV services in your area contact your local Amateur Radio Club for more details.

Tuning Notes:

ATV has no assigned TV channel number; so a scan by channel number will not work. Only a scan by frequency (446.500Mhz) may work. Also some DTV receivers may see this frequency as Ch 350, 900 or some other special number, a signal MUST be active for the DTV receiver to tune in and store the channel. Tuning analog ATV is only slightly better but still has all the same problems as digital mentioned above.

Receive aTV but poorly?

That is a good sign, a jumpy, blocky picture or intermittent sound or worse appear/disappear "no signal" message can be fixed with a more powerful receive antenna, better coaxial feed-line or a RF booster amplifier.

Choosing DTV receivers for aTV reception based on specification alone is difficult. We have discovered that manufacturer specifications do not always reflect the actual specification limits, especially for "out of band" (i.e. aTV) frequencies or stated signal sensitivities. Some of the devices above are not rated to receive aTV frequencies yet do, while others (not listed) imply they can but don't. If you can key in a frequency to your DTV receiver, try it, as it may work for you. If it does please let us know, thanks.



The "Masthead Pre-amplifier" is optional.
For Melbourne the ATV repeater is at Mt.Dandenong.

Click here for more information on how to receive ATV pictures


73
Gary, VK3KHB

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