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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, 12 November 2019
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SteveK
10:38 AM
Haywards Heath

Chris.SE - thanks for this. All channels on C47 now unwatchable. Hope rectified soon.

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SteveK's 8 posts GB
Saturday, 8 August 2020
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Ian Lythgoe
11:18 AM

Located at Ross on Wye. Receiving from the Ridge Hill transmitter.
Keep losing signal to several Freeview channel. Seems to be SDN channel 21. signal loss is very short less than 30 seconds and seems more frequent In higher air temperature. Fault has been occurring for several weeks.

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Ian Lythgoe's 1 post GB
Sunday, 9 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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7:01 AM

Ian Lythgoe:

Neither Freeview nor the BBC are currently reporting any faults at Ridge Hill and it's not currently listed for Planned Engineering. You might be in a location where reception especially of the SDN/COM4 multiplex is a bit marginal but without a full postcode we can't see what your predicted reception might be.

Whilst there is some variable intermittent "Troposheric Ducting" around at present that's been quite strong in some parts of the country causing interference from distant transmitters (see
https://www.bbc.co.uk/rec….jpg ),
if your issue has been continuous for several weeks there could be some additional reception problem with your installation.

I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old). Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for all the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section, it may indicate some issue.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.


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Chris.SE's 1,831 posts GB
Friday, 21 August 2020
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Mrs Samantha Bryan
7:03 PM

We have an LG TV linked to aerial in loft. Before 12th Aug TV would pick up all freeview channels but after retune I can no longer receive certain. Uhf channels. The other TV linked to same aerial is picking up all channels OK. I have tried factory resets, manual retunes, automatic retune and aerial out retune, aerial in retune. I seem to be missing uhf 34 and 35. BBC 1 & 2 are fine. Not sure if this is going to be an aerial issue as the other TV picks channels up fine? Getting rather frustrated and freeview help hasn't been very helpful. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Mrs Samantha Bryan's 1 post GB
Saturday, 22 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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5:08 AM

Mrs Samantha Bryan:

Ah, so if Freeview help hasn't been helpful we need to know why! We also need a full postcode to look at your predicted reception.

To save me repeating a lot of information I've already given, see my post Winter Hill (Bolton, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy and the post to which it refers and all the following posts to give you an idea of the issues involved. If you aren't receiving from Winter Hill, the UHF channel numbers won't apply, but the principles are the same. A bit more information about your setup is also needed, eg. is it your main tv? Is it a longer cable run etc. Do you have cable or satellite etc.?

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