Poor TV reception questioned

Alan Trewin is concerned about the lack of reception his area is recieving for their televisions. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Alan Trewin is concerned about the lack of reception his area is recieving for their televisions. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood/SIN040412recep

BELLARA resident Alan Trewin is concerned neighbours may be wasting money on unnecessary call-out fees for technicians and even buying new televisions.

The reason behind Mr Trewin's anxiety is intermittent channel reception he has encountered since moving into his rental unit 18 months ago.

Mr Trewin said he bought a new flat-screen television and had Foxtel installed but from the start there were issues with channels dropping out, image pixilation and poor signal strength at all different times of day and night.

"I called in the installer several times but the problems remained," he said.

"Foxtel technicians came and tested the aerial and wiring and the store I bought the television from even supplied a new one. Within a couple of hours the same problems returned."

Mr Trewin said he now suspected the large aerials at the Volunteer Marine Rescue building may be causing the interference.

"A Caboolture electronics firm checked the area on computer and said it wasn't a black spot and I should have perfect reception," he said.

"Then the fellow noticed the VMR building with its large aerials was only about 200m from where I live.

"He was sure either they were the cause of all the reception problems or one of the nearby telecommunications towers was."

Mr Trewin door-knocked his neighbours and was surprised to find many experienced similar issues.

Councillor Gary Parsons found the VMR building is on a DERM-regulated site and operates under a special exemption from local planning act rules. A council spokesman saidDERM's telecommunications authority and Australian Communications and Media Authority would co-ordinate to track the source of distortions.

"If other residents experience issues they should ring council on 3205 0555 and register their complaint," he said.

VMR vice commodore Bob Skinner said he was unaware of any local signal interference.

"We only transmit at set times so I don't know that we'd be the cause of the problem," he said.

Meanwhile Mr Trewin has gathered signatures to petition ACMA..

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