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Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?
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No, an amplifier won't normally help with a Freeview signal. Can I suggest the following:

1. If you can raise the aerial up by an extra metre or so;

2. Check the direction of the aerial and that the it is either "vertical" or "horizontal" as required.

3. Check that all the connectors and cables are in good condition, look especially for stray wires from the outer shielding on the cable being loose;

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

9:32 PM

taylor: Just a final thing to consider is, that as well as Mux Ch22 going over to high power operation it also changed its operating mode from 2K to 8K, and "if" you are using an older type of box it may not be capable of responding to an 8K signal, as many aren't!

If no joy with the manual tuning exercise then come back with your boxes model number so that the 2k/8k issue can be checked on.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
simon offord
11:26 AM


We have a set top box and is connected to the roof aerial. Some channels work but the latter ones from 30 onwards pixilate and sometimes dont even work. I live in Crawley RH10 7QL I was wondering if a signal booster would help

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Thursday, 18 August 2011

9:14 AM

simon offord: You shouldn't need a booster if you are using the Reigate transmitter, I would check your cables and connectors are in good order.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
9:33 AM

I live in redhill RH1 2PB. I live on a development with a shared aerial system. I can't get Mux C or D on my freeview and see that Reigate is below average on these multiplexes. Should I be able to get these? or is it likely the communal aerial/splitters degrade the signal to the point where I cannot?

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Andy's 1 post GB flag
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9:40 AM

Andy: The Reigate transmitter is a very weak Freeview transmitter, so if you are missing multiplex C and D then you might find you will have to wait until Wednesday 18th April 2012 for the power to be increased.

If you were not using a shared aerial, then I would say try using the Crystal Palace transmitter - you will get a stronger signal from there.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 August 2011
3:26 PM

i have a loft aerial and have f/v, will i need to upgrade??? i get most channels apart from film 4 and yesterday. will i lose anymore channels on switchover (sept7/sept21).

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paul's 1 post GB flag
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Monday, 29 August 2011
6:09 PM

I only have an indoor aerial - magic circle. Cannot get all the freeview channels. Have cleared memory and done an initial scan - no luck! I live in Lincolnshire

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Valerie's 1 post GB flag

8:04 PM

Valerie: Indoor aerials are very hit and miss for reliable reception of Freeview signals. However if you have a strong enough signal with a clear signal path, preferably with the aerial positioned by a window facing the transmitter if possible, satisfactory reception is sometimes possible. At present, if you are using the Belmont transmitter Mux ArqA and Mux ArqB are at low power,this continues until switchover at Tacolneston on 23rd November 2011. If you are using Waltham most muxes will be on high power from 31st August 2011, SDN however remains at low power until 12th October 2011.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Peter johnson
3:48 PM

Will the cables from aerial to tv all need replacing if the digital changeover has affected the signal?

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4:57 PM

Peter johnson: No! as cables aren't really bothered what type of signals are passing through them so long as they are designed to cope with RF signals associated with the UHF frequencies used by Freeview.

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