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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 6:02:59 AM on 2 September 2017.
Wa2ise's avatar
 Location: Oradell, US
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Someone is looking to make a look alike Tasma 1001 baby radio
page on facebook

It would look better if it displayed a dial more similar to the original. Maybe it would when you're not interacting with it, setting settings and selecting sources, etc.

I'd like mine in dark brown. I would hope it can receive streams off the internet, as there's no real digital radio in the USA (we do have "in band on channel" digital, but no separate digital radio band).

I have no connection to the above company.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 6:45:56 AM on 2 September 2017.
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With digital radio, you aren't missing much. It is clearer than AM or FM but doesn't seem to have the reach of analogue transmissions and there is no repeating equipment in Sydney's motorway tunnels so when travelling through a tunnel, digital radios just black out for the duration.

The Commonwealth Government also has no commitment to spreading digital radio to regional areas or shutting down analogue transmissions.

Cars that are sold in Australia are starting to be fitted with digital radios so perhaps some market pressure will spur the Government in the coming years to get things moving with radio.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:36:10 AM on 2 September 2017.
Tallar Carl's avatar
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I will be grabbing a few of these. They look to be high quality . They aren't just digital radio , they play mp3s , have Bluetooth and hopefully will have audio out. It certainly looks the part and isn't pretending to be what it isn't.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:18:13 AM on 2 September 2017.
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Digital Radio is likely, at the moment to be like Digital Mobile Phones, where you need a transmitter about every ten feet.

I consider 2G, 3G, 4G to represent 2nd & 3rtd & 4th go, eventually they might actually get it to work. 4G is worse than 3G here & I am lucky to get 1 bar & its been like that with every mobile phone since day one ..... so much for customer service. I can and have situations where I get reflected digital signal, or it's patchy with more dropouts than a high school. I would expect digital radio to be no different.

It is getting more & more obvious that we have very few, that fully understand radio propagation.


 
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The ACMA is the wrong department to manage it, that's for sure. I live in Greenwich, right in the shadow of Sydney's big three TV towers and cannot get a digital FTA signal. I know that back in 1956 it was fashionable to install TV transmitters at the location of the TV station but surely at some stage in the last 60-odd years they could have shifted the towers to the Blue Mountains so that everyone could receive a good signal. Back in the days when only 1 in 20 households had a television would have been the time to do it and since none of the towers in Sydney are the original ones there was plenty of opportunity when larger towers were built and microwave links could have been established to the new locations.

The rule of thumb with government departments however is that if it is inexpensive, if it works and if it is common sense then it will be avoided.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 12:42:40 PM on 2 September 2017.
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The old guys near me had better ideas. Link towers were on tops of hills looking down on the towns. The TV towers (Not 3SR radio) were on Mt Major & the ones for Albury Mt Barandudah & They cover a huge amount of flat country. Problems with hills always a problem. The original Wangaratta one & the newer Phone one are in the town all radiators pointed down.

One of those is at (and probably the other one) 140m AMSL & I am at 150m AMSL and the ground is rising to the west of me at 20m in 1.6Km or steeper. There are a couple of hillocks that would be perfect for solving that issue. As pointed out before; They put an NBN tower in a gully here & now there are people are a mile or less away on the other side of the hill that cant get NBN: How do people who do this get jobs?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 2:32:30 PM on 2 September 2017.
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The sites of the original Sydney TV transmitters was at Epping, Willoughby & Gore Hill. I'm not sure where TEN was located as I am only going by information from 1957. The reason why these sites were chosen at time was to give as maximum coverage as possible throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. Notwithstanding it was still a compromise as some areas of Sydney, even places close to the transmitter sites like Brad mentioned, had poor reception.

Having the transmitters on the Blue Mountains would only work for the southern and western parts of the city. The North Shore & Northern Beaches would miss out.

Melbourne did things a bit differently and from day one built all the transmitting towers on top of Mt. Dandenong. These were linked to the TV stations in the city by micro-wave link. While the Mt. Dandenong site gives good coverage throughout Melbourne & beyond there are still areas that have poor reception, especially around St. Kilda & Prahran.

I don't think we will have to worry too much about FTA reception in the not too distant future. Despite having umpteen million stations today there is still nothing worth watching. There are much better options these days that don't require a aerial!!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 2:45:15 PM on 2 September 2017.
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When I was a boy , I lived at North Ryde, just across from Channel 10.
People always would say the building was ugly.
I got to go in there a couple of times as one of the lighting guys was a friend of the family.

The tiny bit of bushland across the road from Channel 10 was where all us kids would ride minibikes.
Up the road was trampoline world and the House of David

Some people here would know the House of David.

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 4:34:43 PM on 2 September 2017.
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Some people here would know the House of David.

I can't say I remember but I remember Ch10 which is long gone from the site. Microsoft's Australian headquarters is now on part of the site and they are building high-rise blocks of flats on the remainder that wasn't taken for the M2 Motorway when it was built.

Ch10 is now at Ultimo, opposite the fish markets and can be seen from the eastern approach to the Anzac Bridge.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 4:58:25 PM on 2 September 2017.
GTC's avatar
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I'm not sure where TEN was located

TEN transmits from Artarmon and 7 joined it there.

The 3 towers were located as close together as possible so that antennas were easily pointed towards them.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 5:22:57 PM on 2 September 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
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I dont remember when TEN at Ryde
Clossed down. I was only a kid when it was operating and I'm now 49.
The House of David was a car yard ahead of its day,
In regards to how they ran it.They had parties for families there and a small zoo ,This way they could get the adults in the yard and then put them in debt for a car. You must remember that, Ryde in the 60s and 70s was considered the bush woop woop. There was not much there.
My brothers are 10 years older than me and they often talk about the house of david

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 5:28:00 PM on 2 September 2017.
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House of David was a very large Volkswagen dealership.

The other large attraction in that area was the Drive In.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 5:59:10 PM on 2 September 2017.
MonochromeTV's avatar
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Was TEN's original transmitter located at North Ryde or Artarmon?

Back to Wa2ise original subject, about 10 or more years ago Resurrection Radio had a consignment of Chinese made Tasma Baby style transistor mantels in various colours. I wonder if these are the same radios Wa2ise is referring to.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 6:12:57 PM on 2 September 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
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Was TEN's original transmitter located at North Ryde or Artarmon?

Artarmon. ATN-7's first tower was adjacent to the ABC's at Gore Hill, but further back from the Highway. One of Seven's original gate posts remains there today.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 6:15:23 PM on 2 September 2017.
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According to my information ATN's first tower was at Epping.


 
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