Amateur television ATV is the transmission of broadcast quality video and audio over the wide range of frequencies of radio waves allocated for radio amateur Ham use. Ham TV stations were on the air in many cities before commercial television stations came on the air. ATV includes the study of building of such transmitters and receivers , and the study of radio propagation of signals travelling between transmitting and receiving stations. ATV is an extension of amateur radio.
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Amateur radio encompasses a wide variety of modes and innovation. One of these fascinating areas is amateur television which covers all aspects of video production, editing, transmission and reception of television. It has often been at the forefront of the technology developments. Many amateur stations are now transmitting digital pictures DATV using the DVB broadcast standards; and using video streaming technologies to exchange pictures with ATV operators around the world. Radio amateurs have been transmitting and receiving TV pictures for over 60 years.
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And many TV engineers have held ham licenses and performed their own share of experimental work in their off-duty hours. Early on, at least one manufacturer offered camera pickup tubes at discounted prices to encourage experimentation by the radio amateur community. Ham TV has evolved right along with the rest of the industry, moving from mechanical scanning to all-electronic operation, then color, and eventually to digital video and most recently, high-definition imaging. And while commercial television entities have routinely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in retrofitting analog plants for digital broadcasting, hams—being an ingenious and creative lot—have managed to go digital on the cheap.
We closed the business at the end of , but I'm happy to answer any ATV questions from licensed Radio Amateurs so please always include your call letters in an email to ATVinfo at hamtv dot com. Licensed Amateur Radio operators can transmit live action color video and sound to other hams easily on the MHz and up Amateur bands. Check out all the fun applications and technical info on our web site. For higher power and greater DX add a linear amp - see the transmitting section below.