ACMA: 850 MHz Restack
Many stations will be affected by the plans to clear the 849-852MHz segment currently used by Studio-Transmitter Links (STLs) or Sound Outside Broadcast Links (SOBLs). The ACMA recently ran a Tune Up session to update plans, and get feedback. They are listening. In one interesting side-conversation, we discussed need for gridpac antennae as opposed to lighter and easier to manage yagis, or maybe something simpler. The response was helpful.
We’ll keep you updated as the process moves forward. Those stations who have FM links know that there are several advantages (including: you can listen to yourself off-air, and failure modes are gentle compared to IP links). Meanwhile, Udana Athuraliya, who is managing the project for ACMA, has provided this background information.