Which Digital TV Antenna for Capital Cities?

Not sure which Digital TV antenna you need for your city? You’ve come to the right place. It’s important to get an antenna that covers the right frequency bands and uses the correct polarisation for the transmitters at your location.

If you’re unsure which transmitter site you should be using at your location, use the Australian Government mySwitch website or the mySwitch app for Apple iOS and Android. The apps and website will also tell you what sort of reception you can expect.

Choose your capital city from the list below and I’ll show you which antennas are suitable for Digital TV in your location:

Brisbane

Transmitter Site(s):Mt Cootha
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3, UHF 4
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 28
Polarisation:Horizontal

In Brisbane use a horizontal polarisation VHF/UHF Combination Antenna. Band 3 and 4 coverage is required for channels 6-12 and 28. Brisbane’s TV transmitters are located on Mt Cootha.

Brisbane TV Antenna and Tuning Guide

Sydney

Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Willoughby, Artarmon, Gore Hill
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12
Polarisation:Horizontal

In most of Sydney use a horizontal polarisation VHF Antenna. Band 3 coverage is required for channels 6-12. Sydney’s TV transmitters are located in Willoughby, Artamon and Gore Hill. Prior to December 2015 there was also a community station broadcasting on band 4 UHF channel 29, but this has been discontinued.

Retransmission sites are also located as follows:

Sydney North West Retransmission:

Transmitter Site(s):Kurrajong Heights
Frequency Band(s):UHF 4
Channels:28, 30, 31, 32, 33
Polarisation:Horizontal

Sydney South West Retransmission:

Transmitter Site(s):Razorback Range
Frequency Band(s):UHF 5
Channels:40, 41, 42, 43, 44
Polarisation:Horizontal

Sydney TV Antenna and Tuning Guide

Canberra

In Canberra use a vertical polarisation VHF Antenna.

Transmitter Site(s):Black Mountain
Frequency Band(s):3
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12
Polarisation:Vertical

Melbourne

In Melbourne use a horizontal polarisation VHF/UHF Combination Antenna for the main Mount Dandenong transmitters. A vertical polarisation UHF retransmission is available for the Melbourne Inner Suburbs.

Mount Dandenong Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Mount Dandenong
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3, UHF 4
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 32
Polarisation:Horizontal

Melbourne Inner Retransmission Suburbs:

Transmitter Site(s):Melbourne CBD
Frequency Band(s):UHF 4
Channels:40, 41, 43, 44, 45
Polarisation:Vertical

Melbourne TV Antenna and Tuning Guide

Hobart

In Hobart use a horizontal polarisation VHF Antenna. Band 3 coverage for channels 6-11 are required. Hobart’s TV transmitters are located on Mt Wellington.

In some areas of Hobart’s North East Suburbs, where Mt Wellington cannot be seen, transmitters at Risdon are used. These require a horizontal polarisation UHF antenna with 5 coverage for channels 45-51. See some examples here.

Mt Wellington Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Mt Wellington
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3
Channels:6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Polarisation:Horizontal

Hobart North East Suburbs Retransmission Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Government Hills Risdon
Frequency Band(s):UHF 5
Channels:46, 47, 48, 49, 51
Polarisation:Horizontal

Adelaide

In Adelaide use a horizontal polarisation VHF/UHF Combination Antenna for the main transmitter site at Crafers near Mt Lofty. There is also a retransmission site covering Adelaide Foothills on UHF band 4.

Crafers Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Crafers
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3, UHF 4
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 33
Polarisation:Horizontal

VHF/UHF Combination Antenna List

Adelaide Foothills Retransmission Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Adelaide
Frequency Band(s):UHF 4
Channels:34, 35, 36, 37, 39
Polarisation:Horizontal

Perth

In Perth use a horizontal polarisation VHF/UHF Combination Antenna for most areas. Retransmission sites are available in Perth CBD and Scarborough, using band 5 UHF on horizontal polarisation.

Perth Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Bickley, Carmel
Frequency Band(s):VHF 3, UHF 4
Channels:6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 32
Polarisation:Horizontal

VHF/UHF Combination Antenna List

Perth City Retransmission Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Perth
Frequency Band(s):UHF 5
Channels:46, 47, 48, 49, 50
Polarisation:Horizontal

Perth Coastal Retransmission Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Scarborough
Frequency Band(s):UHF 5
Channels:46, 47, 48, 49, 50
Polarisation:Horizontal

Darwin

In Darwin use a horizontal polarisation Wideband UHF Antenna for the main transmitter site at Shoal Bay. A retransmission site is also available in Darwin City, transmitting on band 4 in vertical polarisation.

Darwin Main Transmitter Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Shoal Bay
Frequency Band(s):UHF 4
Channels:29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35
Polarisation:Horizontal

Darwin City Retransmission Site:

Transmitter Site(s):Darwin
Frequency Band(s):UHF 4
Channels:40, 41, 42, 43, 44
Polarisation:Vertical