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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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Sunday, 10 July 2011
mike green
3:33 PM

having played around and checked all the sockets and cables i now have a full range of freeview on one set only,the second set still does not receive the itv/4/5 multi

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mike green's 13 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 24 July 2011
7:14 PM

Aerial is on roof - fitted new in 2005. Had booster fitted (professionally) in 2009 when we bought additional flat screen TV for bedroom. We have lost many freeview channels, and have intermittent trouble with interference on ALL commercial stations (on both TVs) but BBC channels always seem to be OK. This seems to occur mostly early evening. Have checked cables etc. Had some high winds last month. We are immediately below the scarp (North) slope of the South Downs - could this have some effect?

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Patti's 2 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
2:24 PM

i wont a freeview in my flat but cant have a aerial put up so how can i get round this

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lawrence.mclay's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 2 August 2011

7:09 AM

lawrence.mclay: A rooftop aerial is required for Freeview reception. You have a legal right to have access to the Freeview signal, so I would be more insistent.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 August 2011
2:22 PM

I have no aerial at the moment and wish to install a brand new one for 2012. I would like to install this on the side of my semi-detached house on a long mast rather than on the chimney stack. Would this be o.k. Also how do I decide what type of Aerial to purchase and from whom - are the ones in B&Q, Argos, ScrewFix etc. good enough or do I need to buy one from a specialist shop? Do you have any recommendations. Of course I would like to get the best and would like it for 4 different rooms in my house - two upstairs and two downstairs. Your advise would be much appreciated. Currently I am just using indoor aerials on my two extremely old tv's.

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Pam's 1 post US flag
Paul B
3:03 PM

What a fantastic resource.

For an aerial attached to side of house near the eaves, or fascia board - how high would the aerial have to be in an area with no tall trees, and the tops of neighbours hip & valley roofs reaching about 7-8ft above the guttering? The house is at a relatively high point in the area.

Could the height of aerial be supported on a crank mast or would it have to be supported by what people call 'T&K brackets'? I am intending on getting a pro to fit it.

Also, I would like a socket in the lounge and on the first floor back bedroom. How would that work - bring a single cable into the house and have a splitter inside and route the cable upstairs somehow, or split the cable outside and have it coming in at two separate points?

Is it true that having too 'loud' a signal can be a problem - above 65dB? Would a fancy high gain aerial not be a good move?

Many thanks!

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Paul B's 1 post EU flag
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4:49 PM

Pam: Its quite impossible for anyone to offer advice of this nature when you haven't given any clues as to your whereabouts, this in the interests of accuracy preferably in the form of a post code!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

6:48 PM

Paul t and k brackets are allways better than a small bracket with a crank mast this cost more but in a high wind you will be pleased you spent the extra money . As for running two points there are a number of ways of ouing this if you are in a very good reception area you could have 2 standard aerials or a slightly larger aerial with a external splitter or if you intend on running more points you can get splitters up to 8 outputs but this would need a very good high gain aerial. If you are in a medium to poor signal area 1 good aerial with a multi output masthead amp would work but allways get an amp with more outputs than you need now because you never know when you will want extra points.

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 13 August 2011
11:39 AM

Have lost STV , channel 4, 5 pretty much all we now get is BBC and music channel.
we do not have sky and our Aerial is in the loft.
Prior to digital switch over we had perfect reception and now virtually nothing .
Its infuriating , i have retuned several times a day but still stv and channel 4 are missing , either displays a no signal message or the picture is extreamly distorted with no sound .

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