Wayne and Jane Lidster, Anna Malovan and Kevin Pilcher from Cooloola Cove are unhappy with their TV reception.
Wayne and Jane Lidster, Anna Malovan and Kevin Pilcher from Cooloola Cove are unhappy with their TV reception. Renee Pilcher

TV taskforce runs tests

DIGITAL Switchover Taskforce investigators have found some problems which may be causing ongoing television reception problems on the Cooloola Coast.

An officer and an engineer from the Digital Switchover Taskforce were in Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay last week from Thursday to Saturday to investigate reception difficulties being experienced by some residents.

The taskforce team tested signal strength and quality, visiting some viewers who had complained of reception difficulties, Digital Switchover Taskforce head Nerida O’Loughlin said.

“The taskforce identified some other issues relating to the Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay transmitters that can affect reception of some viewers in those areas, including viewers with otherwise correctly installed reception systems,” she said.

“These issues are likely to be the result of the introduction of a signal frequency network, where the same TV channel is used for two or more transmitters within range of each other.

“These issues were not previously recognised by broadcasters because good signal strength and quality readings were recorded ... ”

Ms O’Loughlin said Regional Broadcasting Australia is to conduct extensive field testing in the area beginning next week.

This will involve turning off transmitters. Shutdowns will be advised through media and the Digital Ready website and call centre.