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  1. All pensioners, regardless of pension type, should have received a letter advising them of their entitlement to the HAS. To qualify for the HAS, recipients must be on a maximum benefit pension. From what that mob is describing, they were only performing an upgrade to the SMATV system, not necessarily part of the HAS. One condition to qualify for antenna & cabling upgrades under the the HAS is to own your own home, so if it's public housing, they may not qualify, but it's interesting that some were told someone would be back with a VAST box. Being an SMATV system, the Dept of Housing have provided the dish/distribution system, so by rights, if residents meet the pension eligibility criteria and they submitted an application via Centrelink during the application timeframe, they should have received a VAST decoder. From the digital ready website: Am I eligible? You may be eligible for the Household Assistance Scheme (HAS) if you: own a working TV haven't converted to digital TV receive the maximum rate of one of these payments: Age Pension Disability Support Pension Carer Payment Department of Veterans' Affairs Service Pension Department of Veterans' Affairs Income Support Supplement. You may also be eligible for assistance under the HAS for: any necessary upgrades to cabling and antenna systems - if you own your home equipment to receive free-to-air TV via satellite - if you live in an area that cannot receive digital terrestrial (land-based) TV (from a local TV tower) better reception of all the digital TV channels in your area - if you already have digital TV.
  2. Yes, I have both and yes I've compared readings, which are pretty much the same for both with regards to functions common to both. Obviuosly, the AP01 has more features, being a real-time spectrum analyser, but for core features, like true BER/MER readings are extremely close between the two meters.
  3. The contracted HAS installer is to supply and install everything, including the VAST decoder. They are also required to instruct the customer how to operate the decoder. The requirement for HAS installers is to provide a terrestrial STB and upgrade the terrestrial antenna and cabling if required. If terrestrial signals are not adequate, then a VAST satellite system must be supplied and installed by the contractor..... which includes a VAST decoder, which will already be activated under the HAS scheme prior to installation, so it's operational immediately. Someone's telling you porkies, bello. Even the installers said someone would be back with a VAST decoder.... but didn't. Sounds like someone is ripping off the system. Centrelink is the responsible government department handling the HAS.
  4. Without knowing what satellite carries the programs, the band used and if the beam covers Australia, we can't give you any idea. FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Where is Cignal available? Cignal is available nationwide and can reach even remote areas (mountains or beach fronts) and provinces. Because we transmit via satellite, our service is not dependent on cable infrastructure. All that is needed is the installation of our satellite dish and a clear line of sight to our Satellite. From the link you provided, it doesn't tell us much, so if you obtain that info from the provider, then we can give you a better indication. On the support page, it gives some info on frequency and they supply a universal Ku Band LNB, but no mention of which satellite they use. http://www.cignal.tv/Article.aspx?id=15 If you have the equipment and a valid subscription, it will work providing the satellite signal is beamed into your area of Australia..... so you'll need to find out which satellite is used.
  5. Yes, a firmware upgrade on the T40 yields an MER display up to 36dB, so I expect a new one would come with the latest firmware. I agree with the others that true BER and DCP readings, (particularly BER) is the most useful. The T40 also has RS (Reed-Solomon) reading, which, combined with MER, can be very useful in sorting difficult reception and interference issues. There's a lot of installers out there that don't even know what those terms mean, let alone how to utilise those features.
  6. I think you misread Storm's comments. The way it reads to me is that Storm is saying the Unaohm T40 is far superior compared to the other meters you mentioned. eg: T40 is a professional instrument, compared to the other meters as 'handyman' meters. Which I would totally agree with.
  7. A quick Google search for Unaohm T40 brought up the full T40 User manual (T40 plus is the updated & current model) http://www.unaohm.it/unaohm_eng/upload/approfondimenti/file/MAN_T40_PLUS_ENG.pdf The Australian Unaohm distributor is Lacey's TV www.laceys.tv From memory, the T40 plus was around the $2K mark, but pricing would have altered since I last checked, so I recommend you check with Lacey's. If they don't have a WA seller, they'll deal with you directly from their Melbourne head office. The T40 is my backup meter. As M'bozo mentioned a meter with the ability to display 5 channels of signals simultaneously is a huge benefit, which the T40 does and powers mastheads, etc. I haven't seen/used the Emitor meter, but my opinion is the T40 plus is a far better instrument compared to the LabGear.
  8. Alan does have a valid point with MATV systems. I don't know actual figures and I don't think anyone could possibly know exactly how many apartment complexes, hotels, motels, hospitals etc that still require some level of upgrade to their MATV system to make digital reception and distribution reliable. I certainly don't think it's a vast majority, but I do know of several personally where digital reception has been either very poor, or in some, non-existent, mostly due to property owners being reluctant to spend money 'when they don't have to, yet'. Yes, I do know of some places that still only distribute analogue TV channels and as mentioned, the bulk of them modulate and distribute Foxtel as analogue terrestrial channels. Well 'yet' is fast approaching and I have no doubt there will be some of these places left without TV after the shutoff. Domestic is another matter.... the vast majority have upgraded antennas, etc and have been watching digital for many years. Sure, there's still a percentage who haven't, but it's mainly the commercial premises which have been hanging back. There's likely to be a big rush towards Sydney and Melbourne shutoff date for those places..... and an even bigger panic after shutoff for a few of them.
  9. I don't think we are missing the point. This industry is no different from any other. The big guys get bigger whilst the small guys suffer. Yes, it's tough for many trying to maintain a small business and I agree, the govt has made things harder for us. I also agree that many did not want STB's and the ones that are supplied under the scheme have an appalling failure rate. I find a lot of people who have had installations under the govt scheme to be dissatisfied and many then need to spend money anyhow to have a competent installer correct the shoddy work performed by some of these 'endorsed' installers. There's a lot of similarity between the digital conversion scheme and the batts fiasco.
  10. Like Foxtel (and previous Austar) installers, it can actually cost installers to do some jobs, with travel, tolls, fuel, time, etc. The incentive is to complete the job as quickly as possible and move on to the next one, which often results in sub-standard work practices. Some of the franchise antenna installers also appear to work this way. Like other installers who take pride in their work, I am constantly fixing up dodgy installations from 'Govt Endorsed Installers'. I didn't apply to participate in the HAS installations.... I get more work from the scheme by not being part of it!
  11. Excellent advice on using leather gloves. Even with tiles, they help keep skin attached. A lot of steel framing also has holes punched at spaced distances. There will be sarking (sisalation) under the roofing sheets. Make sure if you open/cut it, that you seal it back up, as in many areas, it's a fire-safety requirement.
  12. The splitter arrangement generally provides a less-noisy signal, as some loop-though configurations can add noise and it also ensures each device is getting the same signal strength and signal quality from the antenna. It varies greatly with devices. If the way you have it set up at the moment is working, with no pixelation or signal loss, then changing it will make no difference to picture quality, etc.
  13. I think forum member debruis covers your area. Give him a PM.
  14. You don't need to fit terminal blocks to join sections of flat under-carpet cables..... solder them and fit heatshrink to insulate. Another option, which I've used previously in situations like yours, is to run the cabling out through the wall with ducting on the exterior wall, then back inside at the desired location/s. Depending on your home's construction, you can run cabling right up to the ceiling of the top floor, across and down again. Naturally, this only works for external walls with a cavity.
  15. The manual doesn't specifically state if it's an HD tuner or not, only that the resolution is up to 1080i so i tend to agree with you, especially if you get the HD channels, but no HD channels, that it is HD 'ready' from an external source.
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