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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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Saturday, 10 November 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:55 AM

Frustrated new mover : That is odd. Have you identified the 7 rooms that it serves and are you sure that the room in question isn't one of them.

Do the dish feeds run from the loft or could one be fed from the loft? The cable used for satellite is ideal for Freeview as well, it is just the plug that might need changing or a suitable adaptor fitting.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

5:53 PM

Frustrated new mover: As your post code area is located at only 2 miles away from the Crystal Palace transmitter you should be able to receive a signal with the simplest aerial possible such as a set top type, as it should be appreciated that if a receiver is being overloaded by a grossly excessive level of signal HD reception will be the first to suffer, and indeed can blank out completely until the signal level is reduced.

If for a test you cannot borrow a set top aerial (not an amplified type) then try connecting a short length of wire (about 3 feet or so) into the middle receptacle of the TV's aerial socket and carry out another retune, giving an update on results.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

7:23 PM

Frustrated new mover: In addition to that already said, with reference to the 4 leads which you have said comes from the wall, are these terminated in "F" (screw type) connectors such as used by all satellite equipment? my only reason for enquiring being because of you linking these leads to the possibility of them being used by a satellite dish.

The other thing that maybe you could clarify on is with regards to the aerial in the loft having 7 leads coming from it as this suggests that some form of distribution system has been installed, and so if the loft is easily accessible you should have a check on this.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012
Stephen Blanchard
8:25 AM

My sky box is fine and works downstairs, but upstairs we have 2 TVs with built in freeveiw. Both of them are saying no signal and no channels , check antenna......... Please help.

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10:04 AM

Stephen Blanchard: You need to connect the upstairs TVs to a UHF tv aerial in order to receive digital signals that the inbuilt Freeview tuners are able to decode. The Sky box receives signals transmitted on a much higher frequency and picked up using a satellite dish. If the Sky box has an inbuilt RF modulator it will output an analogue signal which can be received by TVs with an analogue tuner. This facility allows the channel being watched on the Sky box to be displayed on suitable TVs in other parts of the house when they are connected to the "aerial out" of the Sky box.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
8:27 PM
Hemel Hempstead

just put a tv upstairs and had no ariel so just put an aerial in the loft but not picking anything up its a

(digital tv aerial high gain ideal for weak areas)

any help would be great id rather not pay an areil man.

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Dave Lindsay

8:41 PM

jay: Which transmitter are you directing it at? If I were you I would probably be looking at Hemel Hempstead rather than Crystal Palace.

Looking on Streetview most aerials appear to be on Crystal Palace (aerials horizontal on a bearing of 140 degrees).

Hemel Hempstead aerials are vertical and it is on a bearing of 124 degrees.

If the aerial has to be pointed through a neighbour's loft then I think you're pretty much on a non-starter.

If your rooftop aerial faces Hemel Hempstead then use it to tune in your TV. Ensure that it is tuned to Hemel Hempstead and not Crystal Palace by observing the signal strength screen whilst on the following channels:

BBC One C44
ITV1 C41
BBC One HD (if applicable) C47
ITV3 C50
Pick TV C59
Film4 C55

So BBC One should be tuned to UHF channel (frequency) 44.

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Dave Lindsay

8:43 PM

jay: If your rooftop aerial points to Crystal Palace then I suggest that attempt a manual tune on the five (or six if it's HD) channels with the aerial pointing in roughly the right direction, orientated vertically.

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Monday, 1 April 2013
T Harman
2:59 PM

Help please , I have just bought an Amplified Flat Indoor Digital TV Aerial Ariel Antenna Freeview HD (UHF/Freeview), FM Radio, DAB Radio, Wideband, HDTV, DVB-T trying to get reception on my bedroom Tv LG 42LH9000 , I'm guessing the Tv doesn't have built in freeview but cannot get any pictures at all , if I was to buy a freeview box would it work with the aerial I have ? can't have rooftop aerial so bit confused what I need to do .

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4:05 PM

T Harman: I am more inclined to suspect that the indoor aerial you are using is not really providing a signal at a high enough level for reception because as far as I can see that model does receive Freeview, the nearest transmitter to your location being the relatively low powered Eastbourne relay @ 3 miles and with the main (all channels) station being Heathfield @ 12 miles away.

What you could try though is to select "set up" then "manual tuning" and make sure that DTV is selected, then enter UHF 26 (do not press update) in the box provided and where you will see the strength bar being indicated underneath, try moving the aerial around whilst watching for anything being indicated on the bar, if no movement is evident change the channel number to UHF 56 which is from Heathfield and try the same test, if anything is seen it has to be about half way along the scale, and if it is press up date.

If though nothing is seen then you will require an external aerial to be fitted.

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