Photos from the field

This gallery shows that setting up an FM antenna for long distance radio listening in an apartment is easy.

These three photos show the temporary placement of an antenna at Noosaville despite metal intrusions on the balcony. Antennas work optimally in free space, but the world is not perfect!

View of the rear balcony from ground level - Noosaville

Close up of the antenna - Noosaville

Close up of the antenna - Noosaville

This is how the receiving equipment was accommodated inside the apartment in this Noosa suburb. Please watch a partial bandscan here.

Tuner set to 4ABCFM 98.5 - Noosaville

At Pelican Waters, the balcony was more ‘accommodating’ of a friendly yagi companion! A prettier view makes these four dull antenna shots far more palatable as well!

View from the Front Balcony - Pelican Waters

View from the Front Balcony - Pelican Waters

View from the Front Balcony - Pelican Waters

View of the front balcony from sea level - Pelican Waters

This is how the receiving equipment was accommodated inside the apartment in this Caloundra surburb. Please be sure to watch the videos here.

Tuner set to 2ABCFM 98.7 with DVB receiver  - Pelican Waters

Note the pirate flag at this nearby caravan park.

A pirate radio flag at a caravan park

The same principles loosely apply for long distance reception of UHF DVB-T. In fact, setting up a UHF antenna for long distance television viewing in an apartment is even simpler. If that’s ‘the go’, a phased array is a good choice. The phased array is extremely portable and far less obtrusive than a collapsible yagi. A phased array was used briefly at Pelican Waters (the suburb pictured above) and was far more effective than the rooftop antenna to receive distant translators — supplementary ‘relay’ broadcasts.

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