03 November 2005

Transmission Times in Sydney

Wednesday: LIVE transmission from 7:30pm

Friday: Repeat of Wednesday's transmission, starting at 7pm

Saturday: Transmission from 8pm to 10pm approx. Details of the evening's transmission appear on the test card preceding the transmission.

Sunday: Starting at 7pm. The transmission includes a relay of the VK2WI News.
Each test transmission is preceded by a test card for about half an hour.

Occasional transmissions are made via satellite, to various areas across Australia.

How to Tune in to "TVG"

Many modern TVs and VCRs are also able to tune down to receive TV transmissions in the 70cm band. There is little trouble at the high end of the band where 443-450 MHz (UHF Channel 16) is known as ATV 2.

ATV Transmissions on the 24cm band can be received directly by most satellite receivers, which cover 950-1450 MHz. This covers the 24cm band, where ATV channels are centred on 1250 and 1283 MHz.

31 October 2005

Television Gladesville studio on a Wednesday night live-to-air transmission

A Typical Evening on "TVG"

Wednesday and Friday evenings

(Times on Fridays are half an hour earlier)

Time (approx) Item
7:00pm VK2TVG test pattern, ending with steam engine intro video
7:30 pm Presenter’s introduction
7:30pm - 8:30pm Extract from Amateur Radio Electronics Theory Course
followed by:
Gladesville Amateur Radio Club news
Selection of technical / education videos (see below)
Signal Reports from Viewers
10:30pm Closing credits & Station closedown

Sunday Evenings

Time (approx) Item
6:30pm VK2TVG test pattern, ending with steam engine intro video
7:00pm Video: "UK Today" weekly magazine program
7:30pm Live crossover to Amateur Radio NSW news
8:15pm Selection of technical / education videos (see below)
Signal Reports from Viewers
10:00pm Closing credits & Station closedown

Some of the videos aired on TVG

7 April 1999:
Amateur Radio Electronic Theory course, lecture 10: Tuned Circuits - Ron VK2DQ and Gladesville ARC Inc.
Engineering Solutions, Engineering Success - Rolls Royce Australia
History of the Television Test Card, part 2 (final) - Amateur Radio NSW library, and British Amateur Television Club
Defence Watch - Department of Defense
Easter Show 1999 - Pat VK2JPA

14 April 1999:
Amateur Radio Electronic Theory course, lecture 11: Revision - Ron VK2DQ and Gladesville ARC Inc.
Fitting BNC Connectors - OTC and Amateur Radio NSW library
Sydney Monorail - Von Roll
Play It Safe with Power Lines - Prospect Electricity
Faraday Lecture: Making Waves, part 1 - Institute of Electrical Engineers
Urunga Convention 1998 - Mathew VK2 YAP and Tim VK2ZTM

21 April 1999:
Amateur Radio Electronic Theory course, lecture 12: Vacuum Tubes- Ron VK2DQ and Gladesville ARC Inc.
Careers in Information Technology - Australian Computer Society
Anatomy of a Motor Oil - Catrol Oil Australia
Royal Flying Doctor Service: Mantle of Safety - Saltbush images produced by Phil VK2XPU
Faraday Lecture: Making Waves, part 2 (final) - Institute of Electrical Engineers

About Gladesville ARC

The Gladesville Amateur Radio Club, Inc., located in Sydney (Australia), provides a service to Amateur Radio operators and the general community, by promoting education and Amateur Radio through the use of Amateur Television.

The club aims:

1. to supply a quality television signal to as large an area of Sydney as possible;

2. with the assistance of all ATV groups in Sydney and environs to relay our transmissions to the Central and South Coast.

3. to eventually install a link over the Blue Mountains to feed the areas west of Sydney.

4. to move as far into television technology to keep the quality of the transmissions as close to broadcast specifications as is technically possible;

5. eventually, to help local councils to become aware of Amateur (ham) radio, and to help the public understand Amateur Radio and the communication services that amateurs can provide;

6. to promote the Wireless Institute of Australia, by relaying their news broadcasts, and showing test transmission material relating to their services;

7. to provide an educational service, including videotape hire for novice and full call Amateur electronic theory courses.

Over the past 12 years, Gladesville Amateur Radio Club has conducted regular ATV test transmissions, using both live and pre-recorded material.

One of the requirements of producing a quality transmission is the content, and to this end, the club produces its own interviews and lectures for use on the test transmissions, as well as using tapes from sources such as NASA (www.nasa.gov), CSIRO (www.csiro.gov.au), universities, etc.

To continue this work, the equipment required can be complex. We are constantly in a process of continuous expansion and improvement. Not only do we maintain our existing facilities, but we also install new equipment, ranging from completely built from scratch, to reconditioned, modified and even new commercial equipment.

The club station requires that maintenance be done on the equipment and there are a few dedicated club members that come to our assistance. To keep the club’s test transmissions continuing requires many hours of effort, and assistance from many sources.

30 October 2005

Television Gladesville blog created

The TVG currently residing at welcome.to/TelevisionGladesville will migrate here soon. 73 Richard VK2SKY