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Single frequency interference

What to do when several channels are missing, but they are all on the same 'multiplex'

What to do when several channels are missing, but they are all
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There are several different type of interference that cause problems. This page deals with the situation where:

There are two main causes of this type of intermitted interference: The current Freeview mulitplexes are shown in this diagram. If all of your missing channels are on a single row, you have "single frequency interference":

Local analogue interference

Local analogue interference is caused by household video devices that you can attach to a television such as:
  • Sky Digibox;
  • Video cassette recorder (VCR);
  • Personal digital video recorder (PVR);
  • Games console;
If you have any of these devices, you will need to work out which of these is blocking the reception of a Freeview multiplex by turning off the suspect device and then rescanning for channels on the Freeview box.

If powering off the device restores the Freeview channels from the blocked multiplex, you will need to either stop using the problem device's RF output by disconnecting the RF output cable permanently, or by changing the RF channel number that that device uses. See, for example, How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?

You can find a list of the frequencies that are not in use at your location by putting your postcode into the My Freeview reception and looking under the "Free RF channels" section.

Non-wideband aerial in some areas

In some places you will need a wideband aerial to receive all the Freeview multiplexes. For example in Central Birmingham, the Sutton Coldfield has multiplex D on an 'out of group', so you cannot view Film4 or ITV2+1 without an aerial upgrade.

To find out if you need an aerial upgrade, see My Freeview reception.

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

11:25 PM


Retuning when you have no signal is never a good idea, it usually just clears the correct tuning, and you have to repeat a retune when signals are normal.
Whilst it's usually possible to track any reports of recent interruptions to any BBC channels, that's not so for the commercial multiplexes.
There is currently no Planned Engineering at Wenvoe and there are no current Live issues being reported by Freeview.
So try a manual retune on UHF C45 which carries the ArqA/COM multiplex at Wenvoe and hopefully the channels will be restored.

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Chris.SE's 2,133 posts GB
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Jim Sinton
7:09 AM

I have 2 TV's including a new one where the audio is delayed by about 1 s from the video. This is without using any sounbar etc. Have factory reset both and still have the issue. This only affects the HD channels on free view. Struggling to think what it could be other than a broadcast problem. I am on the Windermere transmitter.

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Jim Sinton's 1 post GB

3:26 PM

Jim Sinton:

Hi. It's very unlikely to be a transmission fault if it's happening on one set and not another. You could also check with neighbours that they aren't having the problem.
There's no Planned Engineering currently listed or reports faults by the BBC or Freeview.

I'd very carefully go through your sound settings when watching an HD channel. Some sets do have settings that allow you to adjust the sound sync and a reset may not reset them back to 0.
If the problem is still ongoing, post the make and model number of the set, someone may know about an issue.

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Chris.SE's 2,133 posts GB
Friday, 11 June 2021
2:33 PM

Afternoon I've bought a Technomate TM-RF HD IR and wondering if any one could help me on what would be the best channel to have it set to as I'm getting some interference on the channel I have it set at at the moment, and I don't want to lose any of the channels, I think I'm in the winterhill transmitter as I'm over in Stockport

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

8:58 AM


I would try anything above UHF C60, so that should be far enough away from C55 (COM7).
Anything lower might give interference if the device produces any harmonics or it or any equipment has strange C+5 or C+9 effects.

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Chris.SE's 2,133 posts GB

9:11 AM


Oh, to add to the above, make sure the HDMI leads are not close to any of the RF leads. The RF leads should ideally be quality double screened types, as HDMI has been known to cause interference, especially to C55.

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