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Peter Lewis
1 April 2020 - 10:38am
It is April 1st isn't it?

That's what it says on our calendar, - Ed.
Anthony The Koala
31 March 2020 - 8:02pm
This is related to broadcasting the latest gazetted order from the NSW Minister of Health regarding reasonable excuses for being outside the house, under page 13 of Schedule 1, of the "Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 [NSW] ", source https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/_emergency/Public%20Health%20(COVID-19%20Restrictions%20on%20Gathering%20and%20Movement)%20Order%202020.pdf, gazetted 31-03-2020.

What was broadcast on Ben Fordham's 2GB program 1500-1800 was notice to listeners of the 16 "reasonable excuses" as per schedule. The reasonable excuses ARE NOT EXHAUSTIVE.

The program seemed to raise apprehensions in me in regards to what is not listed as a "reasonable excuse". Some callers wanted to know if that if a person was stopped by a police officer that if a particular essential service not listed in the "reasonable excuses" 16 point list, then the person would be UNJUSTLY fined $11000 as per Explanatory Note, bottom paragraph, of the document.

I too am concerned that, going to the petrol station or mechanic, the post office to pay bills and going to the bank are not listed as a "reasonable excuse", or whether "reasonable excuse" no. 1 covers this.

The no. 1 "reasonable excuse" is "...obtaining food or other goods or services for the personal needs of the household or other household purposes (including for pets) and for vulnerable persons".

Mr Fordham left listeners in the air by not contacting the the NSW Health Minister and asking whether going to the post office, bank, petrol station/mechanic comes under the "reasonable excuses's term "....other goods or services...."

If Ben had asked the Health Minister whether other essential services such as banking, post office, petrol and mechanic come under the ambit of "...other goods or services...", my fears would be allayed.

Then the Minister could pass this clarification to our Police, instead of Ben saying something on air like "....they'll (the police) eventually figure it out...."

But during the "figuring out time" you don't want to be an innocent person fined $11000 for going to the bank, post office, buying petrol or going to the mechanic which are essential services and then having to go to court and resolve this issue.

By the presenter or journalist not contacting the Health Minister I was left up in the air. Similarly, I could say the same issue for the report in the Daily Telegraph and SMH. The "comments" section in the Daily Telegraph left me none the wiser.

Journalists or radio presenters leaving other essential services "up in the air" without contacting the Health Minister and asking these questions leaves the listener and reader in a state of apprehension.


Thank you,
Anthony of apprehensive Belfield

Alan Jones continues to send wrong message about COVID-19
Radio Advocate
31 March 2020 - 7:22am
Good on you Grant Johnstone innovation in adversity! Regional Radio Innovation Works for Local Businesses
Steve Owens
31 March 2020 - 6:16am
What a great idea.
Thanks for the idea and I hope you don't mind if I and some friends in our local LIONS club continue it.
Steve Owens, 0411575550
Danny Lakey shows how to meet new friends in isolation
Anthony The Koala
30 March 2020 - 1:18pm
A brief biography of Mr Stanley John Bancroft can be found at http://www.memorial.act.gov.au/search/person/bancroft-stanley-john.
This includes his DOB, DOD, his time serving Australia during WWII, the events in history while working at the ABC, and reference to the book by Dawn Coleman.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Adventures of a Radio Technician
30 March 2020 - 11:34am
Thanks for documenting radio history, it doesn't happen often.
It is available on Ebay and at the National Library https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/237560128?selectedversion=NBD66436957
Adventures of a Radio Technician
Darren Moss
30 March 2020 - 10:46am
You can find more information about where to get this book here:
Adventures of a Radio Technician
29 March 2020 - 3:23pm
The Canadians had L band but terrestrial not satellite. The reason they used L band is that they and the USA use TV channels 7 -13 for TV which is DAB channels 5A - 10D in the VHF band 3 which is much more likely to get through buildings, terrain and trees that L Band cannot. It was also DAB and not DAB+.
Interesting that it took the ACMA 9 1/2 months to release their response on a Friday when Parliament will not meet until August. This is a tactic that the ABC used to switch off high frequency broadcasting in NT and WA.
The ACMA has ignored the availability of TV channels 0 - 2 which are not longer used for DRM where there is now a 6 channel modulator on successive transmission channels this will allow 18 audio programs to be transmitted using a single band 1 TV transmitter. On the other extreme most regional commercial stations have an AM and an FM transmitter which could be replaced by a single DRM+ transmitter, giving stereo to the AM program and better sound.
ACMA's report on the future delivery of radio
Anthony The Koala
27 March 2020 - 9:13pm
One remark about use of the L band for DAB+ transmissions. This was already discussed on this site elsewhere.

While some DAB+ receivers such as Pure's Siesta clock radio and the Toyota Camry's infotainment allow reception of the L-band, satellite transmission of DAB+ has failed in Canada.

In addition Mr StJohn mentioned that when a satellite signal is obstructed by a tree or rain or a building, then the reception fails. This is especially so when a simple dipole antenna is used in clock radios and cars compared to a high gain dish with a tracking servo which is expensive.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
ACMA's report on the future delivery of radio
Anthony The Koala
27 March 2020 - 9:06pm
This is about conservation of IP bandwidth, EM bandwidth and energy.

First, with the dramatic expansion of demand for high-bandwidth IP content such as audio and video streaming, it is only in recent days that the CEO of Telstra as at 27-03-2020 looked at users limiting the demand for IP Streams. Requests by telco providers to VOD services such as Netflix to downgrade HD services to SD services have been necessary during the covid-19 pandemic. It is not not only in Australia, but in other regions such as Europe.

It is the result of more and more people are working or studying from home using internet to communicate, receive assignments, multi-conference with colleagues/students and submitting reports.

For Australia, unless I am corrected on this, the weakest point in the NBN will have to be the maximum bandwidth capacity of connection types such fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and HFC (hybrid-fibre-coaxial) compared to fibre-to-the-home/premises and possibly fibre-to-the-curb (fibre optic at the hub located on the pit outside the home with a shorter length of Cu wiring compared to FTTN).

While 5G is nascent and being sold as the next big thing in high speed communication faster than the NBN, there have been no reports on "stress tests" on the bandwidth of 5G's IP network with many users consuming data-heavy content such as VOD and movies.

Similarly when the CEO of Telstra is asking its clients to ration their consumption of bandwidth, to me indicates NBN's IP bandwidth is constrained by the particular connection technologies such as FTTN and HFC.

Second, the EM spectrum may well be under stress as indicated by the by the ACMA's report on the future of radio transmissions, page 35 of
https://www.acma.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Report-to-the-Minister-Future-delivery-of-radio.docx and see the same points at https://radioinfo.com.au/news/acma-delivers-its-report-future-delivery-radio.

According to the report, it appears that the ACMA's priorities are to convert AM services to FM where the FM spectrum is available. BUT second point did not specify technology to expand, national, commercial and community services. It did however recommend an expansion of the DAB+ services and the supporting of trials of new technology. However, it seems that the term "new technology" is vague. Perhaps it refers to DRM+ and 5G. As mentioned before, 5G is nascent and has not undergone a bandwidth stress test as the current IP networks.

The digital platforms DAB+ and DRM+ conserve bandwidth compared to AM transmissions and to a lesser extent FM transmissions considering that FM can carry in addition to the main broadcast two SCA channels and rds.

There is no explanation of why the ACMA relegated DRM+ known as "other technology" in trial form rather than another way of transmission. DRM+ would be ideal in rural areas.

Taking it it to an extreme, there is a demonstration of a comparison of the reception in Spain of Radio New Zealand's international service via SW AM and DRM+. DRM+ trumps SW AM for clarity:

Finally, when it comes to conserving energy, both DAB+ and DRM+ and to a much lesser extent FM use much less energy than AM radio.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
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