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My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected

My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected

My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I e
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You need a "wideband" aerial rather than a high gain one (see all about aerials). Also, if you use a signal booster in the setup, this can cause problems with digital signals.

Can I suggest that you try the following:

1. Check that all the connectors are OK, in particular that there are no stray wires and that both the outer shield and inner wire are connected;

2. If you are using any signal boosters, turn them off;

3. Check to see if you have anything like a VCR connected via a UHF fly lead - sometimes these can changed to use channels such as 68.

4. If you have a wideband aerial, if you can try raising it up an additional metre;

See also all about aerials.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
6:03 PM

Briantist, thanks, postcode is PE28 0AX

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Bernie's 2 posts GB flag
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6:16 PM

Nikki: Its not really correct to assume that you should be getting a 100% reading as the booster must be working or it not show a difference when connected, boosters generally either working or not as in between situations dont generally happen.

Don't worry about the crack on its side, that is unless its of a magnitude that the internals are seen then it could possibly pose a danger, but the crack will not have affected its operation.

Regarding reception, this always varies as the seasons change and will no doubt increase again in the near future, but I wouldn't make any alterations to your system as it will prove to have been an unnecessary expense once the power is increased and these problems that you (and very many others!) are presently experiencing will to the greater extent vanish.

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jb38's 81 posts GB flag

9:10 PM

Bernie: Just like to add a little to what's been said, even although its known that reception issues do exist around certain parts of North Cambridgeshire I feel that you possibly have problems within your own installation, this based on the fact the signal shouldn't actually vanish when you are only approx 14 miles away from the Anglia Mux transmitters at Sandy which although on reduced power are transmitting at the top end of reduced power.

I would have a check at your set up, although I wouldn't advise spending too much money if you require to purchase anything as come switchover you "might" possibly find that you are getting blasted from the second most powerful set of Mux transmitters in the UK.

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jb38's 81 posts GB flag
Friday, 21 January 2011

7:22 AM

Bernie: You are predicted to receive all the services with full quality at the moment, so you might be well advised to have your aerial installation checked.

However, I would shop around as you don't need anything special and £300 is very much at the high end of what you should consider paying.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Brenda Williams
8:00 PM

I live in Kidderminster and I am having problems getting all the channels on my freeview. I have a digital aerial on my bungalow roof which my son has been trying to move to point in all different directions. One way I can get 24 channels but only starting at 12(Yesterday)and no maon channels, another direction I can get 36 channels but no ITV, Channels 4 or 5. Another direction I can get 74 channels but no BBC at all, my son thinks it is toward Malvern. Can you help why I cannot get the main channels together in any direction please?

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Brenda Williams's 1 post GB flag

9:20 PM

Brenda Williams:It might be worth waiting until 20th april 2011 when switchover takes place at Ridge Hill (all muxes) and The Wrekin (PSB muxes initially). Being situated in the overpap area of several transmitters you are not well placed to receive a full set of muxes from the current low power Freeview transmitters. Try on this date to check your reception over the various transmitters. If you still cannot receive all the muxes it will be the Sutton Coldfield switchover in September which will give you another set of high power signals to check plus the Kidderminster relay also switches over at this time, but only on the 3 PSB muxes.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
1:24 PM

hi all, im trying to help my mum who brought a tv with built in freeveiw, she brought a decent ariel specific for use with FV with a booster, however we cant get ITV1 ITV2 or the new ITV channalsSo today she went out came back with yet another ariel costing over £60, I have just been trying to do auto search and manual but still cant find them channels, she lives in London SW18 3AG, if anyone can advise me please, am getting to the point of wanting to chuck her new tv out the window followed by the 2 very exspensive aerials :o$
Thanks all

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Mike Dimmick

4:12 PM

Michelle: it sounds like these were room aerials. Digital does not work well with room aerials, particularly at the current relatively low power levels.

If there is already an aerial on the roof, or in the loft, or there is an aerial socket provided in the room if this is a block of flats, connect the TV to that - whatever the old TV was connected to. Then, if there are still problems, please ask again.

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Thursday, 10 February 2011
P Thompson
9:22 PM

My daughter lives in a low lying area and cannot receive a signal from the local transmitter (sheffield) or main one (Emley Moor ). Her aerial is pointed to Belmont. She has just purchased a new TV with integrated Freeview and Freesat. She can receive with a booster good reception on all analogue channels but on Freeview can only receive the BBC digital channels. Is Belmont transmitting all digital channels now ? Is she liable to receive any others at the time of changeover or is it that she requires an aerial upgrade to receive the rest ?

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9:33 PM

P Thompson: Please see Freeview on Belmont TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice .

No change of getting anything other than the BBC multiplex until switchover, then 4 multiplexes from 17th August 11, all from 23rd November 2011.

No new aerial is required.

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