Norman Burton was a VK2 ham operator who lived in Reevsby, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Norman was active with long distance television reception (TV DX) around 1956 to 1960.
Norman, along with George Palmer (Melbourne, VIC), were the first Australian DXers to receive BBC channel B1 TV.
Part two of the March, 1957 Radio, Television & hobbies magazine Article:
warm up. The station timepiece is carefully checked against WWVH, and five minutes before London is due on the air, the receiver is put on 41.5 MHz by means of a 500 KHz crystal standard. The harmonics of this are counted upwards from 30 MHz, where a second accurate check is available. Once on frequency, the receiver is left tuned, the standard being turned on every 19 or 15 minutes as a frequency check.
The main interest of the experiment has been the fact, apart from it being the longest distance over which BBC has been heard, that part of the path is in darkness. All other BBC TV DX reception has been on daylight paths.
The signals normally suffered from deep fading, but on many occasions they were loud enough to make the volume uncomfortable in a room 17ft X 12ft!
Flash! Mr Burton reports reception of a 41.25 MHz French channel F2 TV station on February 7, at 1003 GMT.
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