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Friday, 26 July 2019
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StevensOnln1
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11:05 AM

R Murchie: The only channels being lost are those on the temporary multiplexes, which were always due to close in the next few years anyway. Some of those channels may move to one of the permanent COM multiplexes.

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Saturday, 28 September 2019
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Nigel Wood
10:04 PM

My Panasonic PVR has lost BBC4 HD and Quest HD, my signal is recieved from Chathill , Northumberland.we under went the the 5G re-gig a couple of weeks back. My sligthly newer smart TV and a HD set top box (same aerial but diffferent feed) do recieve the channels I mention. Have retuned numerous times but it would appear that all channels streamed on ch 34, 578 mhz, com 78, have good signal strength on the PVR but no signal quality. Other stations and non HD versions of 4 & quest are OK. Is this due to the age of the PVR?

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Sunday, 29 September 2019
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Chris.SE
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7:07 AM

Nigel Wood:

I doubt it has anything to do with the age of your PVR, if you received it before then something else is causing this.
However, there is no transmitter at Chathill, but there is one at Chatton nearby BUT that does not transmit the COMs 7&8 multiplexes! If you receive(d) BBC4 HD on COM 8 on UHF C34 then it could be coming from Pontop Pike. There was a retune event there on the 12th September with a PSB channel change with another one coming on the 13th November when All multiplexes will be changing channel, COMs 7&8 moving to the SFN channels 55&56 and power will also be almost halved for those two. There'll be a power increase on the COM muxes (double) and a slight increase back to 100kW on PSB1/BBCA.

As we are into the realms of guesswork at this point, to provide any further constructive advice, we're going to need a full post code to see predicted reception at your location from any possible transmitters.

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Nigel Wood
8:33 AM
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Chris.SE: Apologies for sketchy info. The postcode is NE66 3QH, Freeview have this down as Pontop not Chatton (always muddle Chatton& Chathill). But if you look around the hamlet there is no concensus with aerials going towards both masts, but there are a number dips and hollows plus a considerable number of large metal barns. At the digital switch over ~2010 I put a log 36 aerial up and using a compass in the direction of Chatton, (original, that came with the cottage was facing Pontop but always dropped out in the summer). This feeds into an amplifier/splitter feeding various rooms. If you say I am recieving signal even now from Pontop it must be being bounced off the steel barn 50Metres to the rear of my property. As I say my newer Panasonic TV and a Manhattan set-top box (used for recording) are now OK with the mentioned ch/fre. from this main feed so it can only be a device problem or possibly the length of cable as it on the most distant arm. One further thing was I needed to retune my devices about a fortnight (Mon. 2nd.? Freeview messages on start-up) before Sept. 12th switchover at Pontop.

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Chris.SE
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10:29 PM

Nigel Wood:

Well though on-screen messages usually start to appear a while before the retune date, that's interesting that you "needed" to retune before the 12th! Pontop Pike was the only transmitter within likely range that had a retune event and it was only the BBCA/PSB1 mux moving from C58 to a temporary C32. See http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/NE66+3QH/NA/0/68vo2fpdahe1l3g1ehmnf2tjg3

And of course it's also the only Tx with COM8 on C34. It could be a reflection giving you the reception, but sometimes there can be adequate signal off the back of an aerial - but that's less common with a log periodic.
It's possible that C32 for BBCA became active before the switchover date, which might account for on-screen messages (simulcasting has occurred at some other transmitters when retunes have involved a shift in channels from the top to bottom of the band).
But did your retune actually result in any changes for you (apart from this COM8 issue) considering you are getting the 6 main muxes from Chatton? Might also be worth noting that there was a lot of tropospheric propagation around a couple of weeks ago which might have had some effect.

As you can see, all your other possible transmitters have a retune on Nov.13th, predicted reception from Pontop Pike after the retune is showing a better than Chatton. Although the COM muxes at Chatton aren't as good at present, they're predicted to improve after the retune! Bearing in mind your comment about summer dropouts with Pontop Pike (which could be related to tropospheric propagation) I'd be inclined to see what the actual reception is like after the event. A lot might depend of course on how easy/desirable it is for you to "play" with your aerial.
You might even want to consider your main aerial at Chatton and another at Pontop Pike for COMs 7&8 (diplexed together) but bear in mind COMs 7&8 are due to be closed at some point between mid 2020 & 2022, definitive dates/information doesn't seem to be available yet.

Back to the immediate problem, my first suggestion would be to try your Panasonic PVR on one of the other outputs, as well as checking all your coax connections. Might even be interesting to try your other devices on your current PVR output. Whether that leads to any need to check out a cable or some other conclusion, time will tell.

In case you didn't know, anyone can check their predicted reception using the DigitalUK checker by putting their postcode into http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/index/dummy/NA/yes ensuring Detailed view is ticked.


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Monday, 30 September 2019
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Chris.SE
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6:43 PM

Nigel Wood:

To add to the above (having just checked), there is Planned Engineering this week at Pontop Pike with "Possible weak signal"

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