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Friday, 26 October 2012
9:32 AM

with the switch over i re tuned the tv in the bedroom we received im guessing most of the channels itv ch 4 ch 5 bbc etc etc a message came up on the screen when the tv was switched on so i did as told and re tuned the tv only to receive bbc channels only tv and radio any ideas or help greatly appreciated

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andy's 2 posts GB flag
9:34 AM

just to add the we had been receiving all the programes for about 6 weeks after the digital switchover

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andy's 2 posts GB flag
9:47 AM

I have a Humaax Foxsat-HDR for Freesat reception and recording. I have noticed recently that the recordings are stopping just before the end of the programmes which is a PITA.
This Humax HDR does not have EPG, unlike my Sony DVD recorder which I use for Freeview.
Apart from manually setting the time for each programme recording using the Humax Guide with the yellow button, is ther any way to get the whole programme recorded ?

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ceebee's 3 posts GB flag
Clive Porter
3:22 PM

Richard: I also have aerials in the loft one oriented towards Mynydd Machen (the local Wenvoe repeater) - channels 23 and 26 with 400 Watts at 5.6 km. distance and the second towards Mendip - channels 48, 52, 54, 56, 58 and 61 with 100 kWatts at 49 km. distance.

The aerials combine in a passive Y splitter into a SLX1 Signal booster which feeds a HQ Ant Amp4 four way distribution amplifier. Both these have variable gain. The SLX1 is set to maximum and the Amp4 to about 25% gain. With these settings the 2 transmitter channels from Mynydd Machen and all 6 from Mendip show 100% signal and 100% quality.

Following Dave Lindsay's comments, and being an electronics engineer myself, I have made an experiment. Turning up the gain of the Amp4 up to ~50% causes the quality of channel 58 to drop to 50~80% and channel 61 to 1~20% All of the other channels remained at 100% quality.

Turning the gain up to 100% caused all of the Mendip channels to show zero signal, although the Machen channels remained OK.

So Dave Lindsay is absolutely correct and this shows that you may need to have just the right signal level. If you are still having problems, and your junction box does not have gain adjustment, I suggest that you try a HQ Ant Amp4. It is easy to find on the internet and you can always send it back if its ineffective.

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Clive Porter's 6 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:33 PM

Clive Porter: Out of interest, how does your recorder fare as far as recording starting up due to receiving from different transmitter networks/regions? Similarly, does it affect how the EPG builds up?

I have heard that this may be an issue but wonder whether it is always the case or may vary by design of the receiver.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:14 PM

Hi, when will the patna and dalmellington area get the use of all the freeview channels as it seem very limited compared to Ayr 15 miles away.

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mark's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:28 PM

mark: Never. See here for an explanation:

Londonderry transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

In some tiny pockets of your part of the world the signals from Divis in Northern Ireland is available. I emphasise "some" and "tiny" and point out that the COM channels from Divis (those that don't broadcast from your local transmitter) are on lower power and use the same channels as Caldbeck, so you will also need to be in a location where it won't interfere.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

11:57 PM

ceebee: Most Humax's whether Freesat or Freeview use similar menu systems and with one common facility being that you can choose to have either an auto-timed start / end whereby the programme providers control these start / stop times, or alternatively the user can preset + or - five minutes start / delay to the published times.

This of course should not really be necessary as its usually only when recording some of the less mainstream channels or +1's of some others that the problem arises, but to select the aforementioned start / end time settings press: Menu - and five stacked icons will appear on the left hand side of the screen, the top being "settings" and with a choice list being shown on the right hand side, scroll down to and click on "recording" and you will see a few options being listed including start / end times, and on scrolling to and clicking on "start time" the default setting of "Auto" displayed, click on this and a choice of early start times from 1 to 5 minutes will be displayed, select and click on what's required then scroll down one position to "end time" and use the same procedure as before but this time for "end delay".

By the way the procedure for delaying "end time" is exactly the same, but remember that using manual settings permanently eliminates programme control codes from having any effect, and if a programme is either cancelled or runs seriously late the recorder will not attempt to correct this because you will have disabled the link, and these settings will remain what you set them at until altered at any time.

On the subject of the EPG, this is what's shown when you press the "list" button, and with your reference to the yellow button, this when pressed whilst viewing the "guide" shows the preset list for programmes to be recorded.

The remote control in question for most of these models being a Humax RM-F01 type control.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 October 2012
1:39 PM

I have two freeview Humax HDR-FOX T2 boxes with one being brand new, and since the last retune on the 17/10/12 which l have carried out l keep getting every time l change channels the notice about having to retune to update your guide any idea how to get rid of this message please?

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Glenn's 1 post GB flag
Big Mart

11:24 PM

Can anyone help please? I have a Sony television. Recently I have been getting intermittent reception on the HD channels. Some days they have been okay, on others the picture is completely broken up and there is 'no signal'.

I live near NW9 5HE. Although I have had perfect picture previously, but cannot be sure if the problems started with the changeover of channels recently.

There have been a lot of new buildings (flats) built over the past few years in the area and it is still continuing.

I have a communal aerial, and as far as I know there have been no changes.

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