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01 September, 2016 10:58 AM

Interference

Apollo Bay upgrade and frequency change

By the Editor

Apollo Bay Township

Tune in to better reception after 5 September!

Great news! The broadcasters are improving television coverage in Apollo Bay on Monday 5 September 2016.

Following reports of TV reception problems in Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and surrounding areas, this upgrade is expected to deliver a substantial improvement to the reception of the local television services.

What will the upgrade do?

The upgrade to the Apollo Bay television services from the local Marengo transmission site will:

  • change the way the input signals are delivered to the Marengo site to provide more reliable signals
  • change broadcast channels (signal frequencies) from the Marengo site to avoid interference due to ducting from Kind Island
  • increase the output power of the site to improve the coverage to Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek.

What you need to do

On Monday 5 September, channels will change, so if you are in in Apollo Bay or Skenes Creek, you’ll need to retune your TV to watch the reconfigured channels as follows:  

Service 

Improved Apollo Bay frequencies/channels 

Old Apollo Bay frequencies/channels  

Freq (MHz) 

Channel 

Freq (MHz) 

Channel 

ABC 

578.5 

35 

662.5 

47 

SBS 

571.5 

34 

682.5 

50

Prime 

585.5 

36 

655.5 

46

WIN 

592.5 

37 

676.5 

49 

Nine
(Southern Cross) 

599.5 

38 

669.5 

48 

Some TV sets will detect the channel changes and retune automatically. However, you should check to make sure that your TVs are tuned to the correct channels, as the auto-retune function may inadvertently tune your TV to the distant (and weaker) Melbourne channels. You may need to check your TV manual for instructions on retuning. 

How to get the best TV reception:

  • Have the right antenna—you should be using a single, horizontally-polarised UHF antenna pointing towards the local Marengo transmission site
  • Get rid of legacy systems—remove any existing old, broken or inadequate antennas
  • Make sure the equipment is right—signal boosters (masthead amplifiers) should not be necessary, but if used, they should have a 4G filter installed to avoid signal overload from the mobile base station
  • Get advice from the experts—if you’re not sure what the proper antenna setup should be, we recommend you contact a local antenna installer who can check and adjust the antenna set-up if required.

You may still be able to receive a watchable signal from Melbourne. However, Melbourne services are not intended to provide coverage to the Apollo Bay area, which means the reception of these services in Apollo Bay may be unreliable, subject to fading and interference. So, if you are watching Melbourne services, we recommend you switch to the local Marengo site.

If you live in in some parts of Skenes Creek near Tanybryn and you receive services from the Tanybryn site, you’ll need to repoint your antenna to the Marengo site and retune the receiver.

When do I need to make the adjustments?

All TV services will switch off for reconfiguration at 5 am on Monday 5 September 2016. Services will return on the new channels at 11 am. You should wait until after 11am to retune your TVs, set-top boxes and PVRs.

Want to know more?

Further information about TV reception is available from the ACMA's TV reception hub www.acma.gov.au/tvreception.