Digital ham TV (ATV) training for BCARES

This past Saturday 8/29 I hosted an all-morning training session for BCARES members who are interested in digital ATV operations. The turnout was very good!

The first part of the training covered TV operations and the use of the video cameras and digital transmitters, particularly using ATV at CU football games. This part is comparable to the analog ATV training in prior years, but with changes brought about by the switch to digital.


In the second part, I covered some technical aspects of the European DVB-T system we use, specifically the transmission parameters we can set and how we decide what values to use to ensure we can get a picture through with low RF power and a noisy environment.

In addition to a static display including digital backpack transmitters and a portable repeater, I had live video running in the classroom, with pictures on a TV and signals displayed in a DVB-T test tool.


Thanks to all who showed up, and to Dave KIØHG and Mark KØLRS for bringing the new digital quad box and CU pack sets to display.

Handouts from the training are available in the ATV training section.