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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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Monday, 6 June 2011
mike green
10:52 AM

help the signal for both sets is erratic,please advise ,i am loosing what hair i have left

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Thursday, 9 June 2011
Raymond Cowie
9:46 PM

My Postcode: G45 9LU
I have 3 TV's and 2 different Models of Set top boxes one of which is a Sagem ITD68 and the other two are a cheap as chips make ONN (OSTB01) which I bought from Asda for £20 each.
I live in Glasgow and we have just been through the Digital Switchover and so I have had to Retune all of the aforementioned Set Top Boxes.
Basically the problem is that both the cheap ONN models pick up a total of approx 140 channels each including the Film4 channel which is the channel I want most, while the Sagem only picks up a total of approx 95 channels and doesn't pick up the Film4 channel which I really want.
Is there a reason why the Sagem ITD68 box doesn't pick up the Film4 channel and why it only picks up 95 channels(including 30 radio channels) compared to the 140 channels(including radio and the Film4 channel) that the other two cheap boxes pick up.Hope you can help.
Yours Sincerely,
Ray Cowie

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Monday, 13 June 2011

7:33 PM

Raymond Cowie: I would probably wait until switchover is complete a week on Wednesday before altering any of your equipment.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
mike green
10:18 AM

followed your advice ,but am still at a loss as on sunday ,in the wind and rain lost itv ch4 and ch5.but now tuesday in the sun they are fine
regards michael

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John Keegan
8:47 PM

Join the club. We frequently lose the signal from the Melling transmitter which is 3.8 miles in direct line of site from our roof mounted arial, which needs a booster to recieve any signal at all. We have direct line of site with our house being at 158ft and the transmitter at 328ft and no high ground in between. We loose all channels except BBC regularly and whenever there is bad weather we loose all chanels.

Frankly Digital is a great disapointment.

Having checked with many others in the village this is not only my experience but everyone receiving digital on other than satelite are experiencing the same thing.

Its OK for the transmitter authorities to say that there have been no complaints but no one seems to know how to complain. If you don't have a computer, and few in this rural community do, then you don't stand a chance.

And we pay the same licence fee as everyone else!!

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9:28 PM

John Keegan: Just out of curiosity, what is the signal / quality level showing at when checked in the tuning menu section? with the test also being carried out if the picture vanishes, as even although there isn't anything on the screen the signal / quality level will still be there, and its the difference from the previous indications I am interested in knowing.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
mike green
8:48 AM

signal quality drops to 40% and below,i am beamed from rowridge ,IOW and can see the island from the end of my road.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Elizabeth Forsyth
8:36 PM

Retuned tv dates as recommended. Had freeview previously. All channels ok. When retuned on 22nd now only have bbc. tv does not allow me to retune - as if the tv is not responding. Have same tv in room opposite - works fine. Tv aerial 2 years old - new digital. Sky downstairs no problem. Switched off tv and aerial from mains, reconnected but still the same - tv does not respond to remote control - tried other same remote control - same result - similar to computer as if frozen. Can you help? Many thanks Elizabeth.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Mike Dimmick

5:42 PM

Elizabeth Forsyth: Find out where the infra-red receiver for the TV is. There might be a little 'IR' symbol next to it, or it might be a visible glossy plastic window. Check that there's nothing blocking the path for infra-red light to pass between the remote and the TV's IR sensor. Also check that the IR sensor is clean, it's common to get fingerprints over them.

If none of this helps, you will need to get the TV serviced.

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