Last Sunday South Dublin Radio Club launched a new repeater for Television. This system broadcasts a TV signal over Dublin city with a testcard when not in use, and when in use it re-broadcasts whatever the user sends up to it.
Thus it is a "TV system of the people" where anyone with a radio licence can broadcast. Anyone without a radio licence can legally receive the signal.
Unfortuntely the frequency used means an ordinary TV aerial or Satellite dish will not pick up the signal. A special aerial and receiver is needed. However these have been sourced at rock bottom prices, and the signal is quite strong in Dublin so a big set up will not be required.
The techie details:
The repeater transmits on 2390Mhz with stereo sound. The input frequency is 1249Mhz (not yet comissioned). The control frequency (for turning on/off, switching cameras etc) is 144.700
Reception is strongest in South Dublin as the signal is coming from Three Rock Mountain over Sandyford.
The signal has been picked up already on a hilltop in Cavan (60 miles away) and in Blanchardstown, Rathfarnam and Sandyford. 3 People are currently set up to receive the signal, currently a testcard, while others will be added in the coming weeks/months.
This television system is already linked to a similar setup in Cavan, increasing coverage and increasing the amount of activity.
We demostrated the equipment and launched the repeater last Sunday at the Phoenix Rally. For the next few Tuesdays we will be deomstrating the system at our weekly club meetings in Rathfarnam.
The club has enough receivers to setup 7 more people in stock, the complete receive kit including aerial etc is 99 Euro which includes equipment at cost price, plus a 30 euro contribution to the running of the system.
So if you are in Dublin, especially South East Dublin, think you may be able to see "three rock" from your roof-top then you should be able to get the new station.
To save people buying the gear, and then finding out they cannot get a signal, the club will be loaning everything required, including a small LCD TV, to anyone who wants to get involved. This will allow them to check the signal at their house, before buying anything.
There is one set of equipment available on loan on a first come first served basis every Tuesday night at the radio club (199 refundable deposit needed)
I will follow this thread so please ask any qns. Links at the end
http://www.southdublinradioclub.ie --Weekly meeting location
http://www.iatc.ie -Map showing coverage of Dublin and Cavan systems