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What are the aerial types about? Are they high-gain?

What are the aerial types about? Are they high-gain?

What are the aerial types about? Are they high-gain?
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See: Freeview reception - all about aerials

TV aerials are designed to receive certain groups of channels, for example a type "E" can receive on channels 35 though 68, and a "W" is a "wideband" aerial. This is different to a "high-gain" aerial. For more information can I suggest:

In the UK the main transmitters require the TV aerial to have it's "fins" horizontally, relay trasmitters require the aerial to be mounted with these fins vertically.

Both the type and position of aerials are designed to give the best possible reception with the least interference, and change from place-to-place around the UK

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Monday, 3 October 2011
John de Carteret
10:38 PM

Does the Shatton Edge transmitter broadcast all the Freeview channels? I get perfect reception on 31 channels only and cannot get ITV3, Dave, Film4 and several others. I have tried rescanning after clearing the channels

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Jim F

11:06 AM

John de Carteret: You're getting everything that Shatton Edge transmits. The "missing" Freeview content you're after is only available from the Emley Moor main transmitter - Shatton Edge is a relay.

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Mike Dimmick

2:20 PM

John de Carteret: See Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice for an explanation of why relay transmitters only carry some channels.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 December 2011
12:47 PM

i have a bush lcd tv with built in freeview and have started to get pixel effect on itv and other code cr4 3nh.i have swapped it onto antennas on my other freeview tv that works ok and it still loses signal could it be freeview itself in tv going faulty.

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4:50 PM

simon: You are indicated as being only 4 miles away from the Crystal Palace transmitter and as such could be suffering from the reverse of what you suspect, insomuch that rather than the signal being weak it could be on the verges of being too strong, as the symptoms seen by the viewer are "exactly" the same in both these cases.

If you can access a set top aerial, try a test using that on the channels that you were having problems with, if the situation is slightly improved then you will require a low value attenuator to be placed in line with the aerial socket on your TV.

This said taking it that you aren't located in the ground floor of a property surrounded by other tall buildings, as in that case you could be suffering from a weak signal through screening from the signal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 October 2014
8:28 PM

Hi, I have sky in the house, but have just had a converted garage put in, would like TV in there, we have got electric but nothing else. Would one of the new TV's pick up in there with an indoor aeriel? We live in the np7 8de area. I do have sky in the house but am finding it expensive now and would like to change to freeview, which I think I can do in the house as we still have an external area built in! I would be grateful for your advice. Many thanks. Julie

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Geoff b
11:08 PM

julie: my parents live at bn207hx and they have real problems getting a decent picture most of the time. I believe thay are directly under the eastbourn tansmitter Could they get a better signal by changing the direction of the aerial.

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Friday, 24 October 2014
Dave Lindsay

12:15 AM

Geoff b: Try adding some attenuation to bring the signal level down!

The effective transmission power of the Eastbourne transmitter was increased at switchover. As they can reach out and touch it then they aren't likely to have a poor signal.

Something like this:

VHF/UHF Variable Attenuator | TV Leads & Cable |

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Dave Lindsay

1:02 AM

julie: Judging by your location I think you will only be able to receive the Public Service channels, so may be better off with Freesat.

The Llanfoist transmitter, which is to the east of the A465 is the one to which aerials appear to be directed to, according to Streetview photos. This carries BBC, ITV, ITV+1, ITV HD, ITV2, S4C, Channel 4, Channel 4+1, Channel 4 HD, Film4, More4 and Channel 5.

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