I understand that transmitters are directional, with power varying, depending on direction. Is it possible to ascertain the output of Varteg Hill to the East towards SA10 9EY. And what type of aerial and gain are required for a decent reception.
Roger Kitsell: Varteg Hill is a radio transmitter carrying the BBC national stations on DAB along with Radios 1-4, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru on FM. It doesn't carry any TV services. Are you looking for an external aerial for FM/DAB or are you looking for an aerial to receive Freeview from Ystalyfera which is the TV transmitter indicated as covering your postcode?
Hi, Since Saturday the Winter hill transmission of TV Mux channels in RF frequency 31 are no longer being detected by all the TVs & DVR, however there are some times in the day when the old main frame can be viewed. This impacts BBC FOUR HD, BBC NEWS HD, Channel 4+1 HD, More4 HD, 47 HD, etc... Advice from Freeview TV was to contact AT800.tv, who has provided a 800Mhz filter to remove the 4G signal, this as expected has made no difference. I have asked othe neighbours and they are also having the same issues so I can assume my equipement is OK, which has been in use for the last four years with no issues. Location is PR6 8QB, very close to Winter hill hence all other channel signal strength is very high, apart from the channel 31 mux this weekend. Any advice on how we could inform Winter hilll there could be an issue which needs investigating?
I feel very disappointed and let down by the quality and reliability of digital tv over this Christmas, a time when the tv is more important, we have lost channels we normally have access to, we have had no signals at all, pixel type screens, it's been very frustrating and at times quite stressful. What is happening?I thought this was progress not going back in time to rolling and fuzzy pictures! Think we were so much better with analogue, at least we new where we were with that and no carrots were dangled to set our appetites then the big let down!
Catherine Harden: We have no idea what your transmitter or location is, so we cannot tell you what your signal should be like or if the transmitter has a problem - you can check for yourself.
However, in most cases, it has nothing at all to do with the transmitter (and such problems dont tend to last long anyway), but everything to do with the households aerial system having a fault - look at the page which will help you diagnose them. In other words, its likely to be a problem at your end.
BTW - analogue and digital signals come from exactly the same transmitters and close to the same power - so any problems are going to be similar, its just in the old days the TV picture went fuzzy, and now it just breaks up.
Thanks to digital, you get vastly more channels and HD.