Justin G8YTZ has applied for a NOV for a Digital TV repeater with an output on 23cms covering East Kent.
The Kent analogue FM TV Repeater has long since been decommissioned and Kent has never had a digital TV repeater. The proposed Digital TV repeater will use the bandwidth efficient DVB-S2 format with 2 transport streams using 8PSK modulation format; though more complicated to transmit than DVB-S the format does have the advantage of requiring simple and readily available receiving equipment (an old DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver, pre-amp and an antenna and is all that is required) therefore encouraging the up-take of ATV in the south-east. Transmitter power would be +20dBW to ensure good coverage from the proposed Omni-Directional antenna.
The purpose and goals of the repeater would be to:
1. Encourage amateurs in the south-east to begin experimenting with Amateur TV and self-build projects and to encourage the up-take of digital transmission.
2. Involve local radio clubs in the development of the TV repeater
3. Use it to help evangelise amateur radio as a hobby with live demonstrations at public events.
You can view the proposal at the following Link: