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Freeview multiplex: NOW 80s is on multiplex com7 in england flagEngland scotland flagScotland northernireland flagNorthern Ireland wales flagWales .

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Sunday, 2 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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2:48 PM

chris:

Unfortunately not. Now 80s LCN83 is on the COM7 multiplex, see Channel listings | Freeview
COM7 is not broadcast from Olivers Mount, it's only broadcast from 25 main transmitters around the country, and as a temporary multiplex it won't be extended to any other transmitters.
Unfortunately you are not predicted to be able to receive any of the transmitters that do broadcast it.

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Monday, 3 August 2020
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Paul
3:39 PM
Peterborough

Hi all. Just stumbled across this site after recently losing a lot of Freeview channels and was clueless why.

The wife and I used to enjoy Now 80s on Freeview Ch83 (we're in Peterborough and our postcode is PE7 3BJ) but recently we started getting a 'weak signal' message through this channel, even though the picture was completely fine, and as of yesterday, have lost it completely. I did a return and the channel is no longer showing and we appear to have lost another 20 or so channels in the process. The Freeview checker states we should be on the Waltham transmitter however we are on Sandy Heath as it seems all of our neighbours are having looked at the direction their aerials are pointing in.

Anyhow, please forgive me as this is all new to me but our aerial is positioned externally on the roof (and is not being intruded in any way) and, nothing appears to have changed having looked at it with regards to its position. I therefore don't believe the loss of channels has been caused by anything our end. Having checked other regular channels like ITV HD as an example, the signal quality appears excellent (strength 92%, quality 100%).

As I mentioned earlier on, the wife and I loved watching Now 80s and we're both gutted that we can no longer do this. Is there anyway we can retrieve this channel?

If I've been vague in my post, please do not hesitate to let me know and I'll try and provide any additional information where possible.

Thanking you in advance.


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Tuesday, 4 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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7:29 AM

Paul:

Sandy Heath was recently listed as being on Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal". I'm afraid retuning when you have weak (or no) signals is never a good idea, as all it does it clear the correct tuning. There's also been some variable intermittent "tropospheric ducting" around - https://www.bbc.co.uk/rec….jpg affecting different areas at different times & not all channels are necessarily affected at the same time or at all. There's likely to be some about in the coming days probably more towards next w/e but predictions can change. The net result is interference from more distant transmitters either in the UK or Europe meaning no decodable signals or the wrong transmitter.

The Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker does periodically come up with "most likely" transmitters that don't seem to "fit" with what people expect, especially when you can be covered by more than one transmitter. Sometimes the predictions aren't correct, usually where terrain is much more variable. Which you might prefer if actual reception is not a problem will depend on the region you feel you are in and what local news you prefer.
In your case. although there are very minor variations across your postcode you are predicted to get the best reception for all multiplexes from Sandy Heath. It's also a higher power transmitter and marginally closer, but terrain is more important.

I would try a further retune as follows, unplug the aerial and do an automatic retune which should clear all previously stored tuning as nothing should be found. Plug the aerial back in and retune again. If you are having problems you could clear the tuning and do a "manual" tune using Sandy Heath's channels which are -
C27, C24, C21, C33, C36, C48, C55 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7. Also note C35 is a Local multiplex for Cambridge from the nearby Madingley transmitter, which you may or may not receive depending on your location.


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Paul
8:09 AM

Hi Chris.SE:

My sincere gratitude for this extremely extensive and thorough response. I really do appreciate it so thank you.

I don't know whether this makes a difference but I should have mentioned that we actually get our terrestrial TV from a BT Youview box, which I know doesn't allow for manual tuning unfortunately. However, we are just about coming to the end of a living room renovation and, as we've had a few technical issues with the BT box in the past, I've purchased a Manhatten T3-R Freeview box, which I'll be hopefully installing on Thursday so I'll see what options that gives.

The only reason we use a PVR instead of the TV is due to the recording functionality of the box, which comes in handy. Either way, I'll try plugging the aerial into both the new PVR and TV and do the retune as you recommend as I guess they could potentially yield different results (I'd assume not given they're both coming down the same aerial but I guess you never know).

Thank you again Chris for your much appreciated reply.

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Chris.SE
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8:22 AM

Paul:

Receiver sensitivity can sometimes make a difference, but as your reception is not predicted to be marginal, it shouldn't. Manual tuning isn't always an option on all devices! but at least you should be able to check which ones it's tuned to. Also keep HDMI leads away from aerial and flyleads especially of any are not double screened coax, as they can sometimes pickup interference from HDMI which can sometimes mostly affect C55 (COM7).

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Paul
8:39 AM

Many thanks again Chris.SE. If I remember, I'll pop back in a few days to share the results!

All the best.

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Saturday, 8 August 2020
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Amy
10:55 AM

I'm also having trouble with the NOW 80's channel - one of my televisions is picking the channel up but the other one isn't! The channel has just disappeared from the listing on my bedroom television, however my downstairs television still has the channel and the signal is just fine. So strange and it's one of my favourite channels too...

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Sunday, 9 August 2020
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Chris.SE
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1:54 AM

Amy:

Have you retuned your bedroom TV since the 22nd June?
Now 80s (LCN83 in the EPG) used to be on the COM8 multiplex. When Arqiva decided to close COM8, it moved to COM7. You've implied you used to get it on the bedroom TV, so I assume it's got a T2/HD tuner.
Are you getting BBC News HD on 107 and BBC4HD on 106, they are also on COM7? If they are missing you aren't getting COM7 (UHF C55) on the bedroom TV.
For a list of which channels are on which multiplex, see https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings

There could be several reasons if you aren't getting COM7 on that TV.
1st, make sure you haven't got any HDMI leads close to your aerial lead or any Flyleads, if say you've got a PVR connected, as HDMI can give interference to C55, especially if the aerial or flyleads aren't double screened.

2nd, you COM7 signal may not be as strong as the COM8 signal was and the bedroom TV's tuner isn't as sensitive. COM7 is transmitted at a lower power than the other multiplexes, and it may be marginal at your location. We'd need a full postcode to look at the predicted reception at your location.

3rd, you could have a fault on the aerial feed to the bedroom TV. Faults don't always affect all multiplexes.
I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old). Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section, they may indicate an issue.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

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