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Broadcast planning resources

This information helps the broadcasting industry understand our planning procedures and practices.

We develop these resources for:

  • broadcasters
  • planning consultants
  • providers of transmission infrastructure 
  • others in the broadcasting industry

Technical Planning

The Technical Planning Parameters and Methods for Terrestrial Broadcasting (TPPs) detail the planning and measurement methods, parameter values and planning assumptions we use for planning analog broadcasting services.

The TPPs are based on recommendations and reports of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as well as planning practices developed in Australia, North America, Europe and Britain over many years.

TPP Figures 1-19

TPP Figures 20-75

TV planning

Broadcast planning instructions

We create broadcast planning instructions (BPIs) when we want to clarify a planning activity. This could be an existing practice or one we have created or amended.

  1. Introduction of the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA)
  2. Treatment of mixed polarised FM services in broadcast planning
  3. Planning of Open Narrowcasting Services
  4. Specification of antenna radiation patterns in RADCOM
  5. Day/Night switching of transmission power and full-time power increase for AM radio broadcasting services
  6. RADCOM Site coordinate standards and naming conventions
  7. Antenna directivity and cross polarisation discrimination
  8. Use of vertical or horizontal polarisation by FM broadcasting services
  9. Continuous and tropospheric interference in analog planning
  10. Interference considerations for terrestrial off-air inputs used for retransmission of radio and television broadcasting services
  11. Fortuitous reception of radio and television broadcasting services
  12. Planning in-fill services for MF-AM radio broadcasting services

Policies and processes

Policy to assess and prioritise requests to vary radio licence area plans.

General approach to analog planning.

How we convert AM radio broadcasting services to FM and plan FM in-fill translators. These solve coverage issues for AM radio broadcasting services: AM to FM conversion and requests for FM in-fill translators.

Advice we receive and assumptions we make when planning the broadcasting services bands. The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (part 3) covers this function: Record of advice and assumptions.

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