With the final analogue shutdowns looming, it made me think back on how my dxing all started.
It would have been around the mid 1980's while I was in late primary school. For the TV I had a portable AWA brand, solid state black and white set. Connected to that was a simple 4 element VHF/FM antenna mounted to the gutter. A meager set up, that yielded plenty of results:
2, 7, 9, 10 Adelaide
I'm sure there are others I had forgotten. I think at some stage over those years, I had received an ABC on virtually all VHF channels. Can't remember if I had BTV-6 Ballarat and SES -8 Mt. Gambier when living in Melrose (where I grew up), but both were regular tropo catches in Port Pirie, often clear as.
* Received early before local ABNS-1 and GTS-4 signed on for the day.
** When receiving NBN, I also was getting FM from Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Channel 0 was espcially strong, enabling clear reception using just the TV's attached telescopic antenna. Even then the signal was so strong, it would be distorted.