SNOWED UNDER: James Britton, from Byron Electronics, reprograms a video player after new digital television transmissions from
SNOWED UNDER: James Britton, from Byron Electronics, reprograms a video player after new digital television transmissions from

TV repairer gets warm reception

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

BYRON BAY technician James Britton has never been busier.

The Byron Electronics employee has repaired more than 100 'overloaded' VCRs in the past two weeks, caused by television station NBN beginning to transmit digital services from Mt Nardi, north-east of Nimbin.

"We had heard it was happening but there wasn't much warning," Mr Britton said.

"Then all of a sudden the jobs started flooding in."

The problems began on August 15 when NBN started transmitting in digital on UHF channel 37, a channel that is sometimes used by older VCRs as an RF output channel to the television set.

Southern Cross Ten also began transmitting digital signals from Mt Nardi on August 15, while Prime started in June and the ABC and SBS in 2004.

Because the NBN digital frequency is the same used by some VCRs to transmit their signals to television sets, Northern Rivers residents may have experienced interference.

Byron Electronics owner Jan Britton said it was impossible to say exactly how many residents had been affected by the change.

However, she said about 10 VCRs were being brought into her shop each day from residents in the Byron shire.

Ms Britton, who charges about $30 for the retuning of VCRs, said she had heard of some people who had thrown their video players away because they had not realised what the problem was.

"It is possible to fix the problem yourself but a lot of people have tried and then got themselves into more trouble because they've detuned everything," she said.

Before repairing your VCR, follow these steps:

nCheck interference is not from a local source.

nMake sure the VCR is not faulty by playing a video while the TV antenna cable is discon- nected from wall.

nTurn off the VCR and tune local stations into the TV set. If interference disappears, the problem was most likely the new Mt Nardi digital services.



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