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Talking Pictures TV is the home of Vintage and Classic Programming targeting the over 65 demographic with a range of Films and Entertainment from the 1930's onwards. We are the home of the good old fashioned black and white afternoon film, available throughout the day.

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Talking Pictures TV   82 (90%) 328 306

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Freeview multiplex: Talking Pictures TV is on multiplex COM6 in england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flagwales flag.

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Friday, 27 October 2023
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Chris.SE
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10:28 PM

Tony1234:

You do NOT need to reposition your aerial.
The Mendip transmitter signals can be quite strong in various parts of South Wales. Aerials have what are called "side-lobes" where they will pick up signals from other directions, but not as strong as the direction the aerial points.

The chances are that you retuned when the Wenvoe signal was weak or missing. As you will see on the Wenvoe transmitter page, the transmitters is currently listed for Planned Engineering -
"Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 23/10/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]"
Apart from a weak signal, In some instances that may mean no signal. That is not a time to retune if you were correctly tuned, as at such an instance the Mendip signal may be stronger.

Where you've been correctly tuned, it's never advised to retune when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures as it often just clears your correct tuning or can tune to a weaker signal from another transmitter (in your case it's tuned ArqB to Mendip.

The UHF channels for Wenvoe are C41, C44, C47, C42, C45, C39 that's in multiplex order -
BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6,
There is a Local multiplex on UHF C37. (C means UHF channel).

To avoid such problem it will be best to Manually tune Wenvoe's UHF channels rather than auto-retune. You may need to clear the incorrect tuning first, this is usually done by unplugging your aerial and carrying out a full auto-retune as the no channels should be found. Plug the aerial back in and carry out the manual retune.

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Saturday, 28 October 2023
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Tony1234
8:54 AM

Steve Donaldson:
(I hope this works out as intended.)
Later on I printed out a list of what was on each of COM4 SDN, COM 5 ARQ A, and COM 6 ARQ B. I was missing every single channel on COM6 ARQ B (Channel 39+).

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Tony1234
8:58 AM

Chris.SE:
Please see my post above, I was receiving none of the COM 6 . COM 5 and COM 4 were fine. So I will assume that COM 6 was not transmitting and I will do exactly as you suggest in a few days and see what happens.

Many thanks to Steve and Chris for their help.

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Chris.SE
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12:58 PM

Tony1234:

As you mentioned in your first post, Quality was zero and occasionally blipping. With zero, there wouldn't be no reception of a single TV channel on that mux, even if it appears in the EPG, because if so it obviously got tuned when Quality wasn't zero and was high enough for the set to decode the channels at the time.
Good luck with the manual tune, it shouldn't be a problem.

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 November 2023
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Tony1234
12:22 PM

Nope, nothing on ARQ9 COM6 or PSB2 BBCB (100,000W !). Repeated clearing of all tuning data from both of the tuning devices and auto-tune and manual tune. I did it with each of the two digital tuning devices connected separately and together in different combinations. Nothing at all despite everything saying that I should be getting a good signal, I rang up the freeview.co.uk helpline and we went all through it again. They could do nothing more. They asked me to ring RESTORETV to check for mobile interference. That just showed that there were no mobile masts around my location that could cause interference.
So my, non-expert, but well researched lay opinion, informed by the observation that I can see the top of the mast but the lower part of the mast is blocked by terrain, is that, at the Wenvoe site, either ARQ9 and PSB2 are transmitted vertically or the transmission equipment is from a lower elevation than that for the other multiplexes which I do receive.
But now - that is my non-expert view - can you good folk please educate me and tell me what might be happening. I am happy to be informed otherwise.

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Chris.SE
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9:21 PM

Tony1234:

Hi Tony. Actually your "non-expert view" may not be too far off the mark in that (on the Wenvoe transmitter page) Wenvoe is still listed for Planned Engineering (slightly odd as it wasn't on the main list but it's appeared on the Wenvoe page - perhaps work is over-running because of the recent weather!).

When engineering work is being carried out, depending on what's required, some of the signals may be switched to the Reserve Antenna, which is lower down the mast (polarisation is never changed so it won't be vertical).
That may explain why you aren't getting any signal on those two muxes, but as you are only 12 miles away, a little surprising there's nothing from BBCB (PSB3 not 2 btw) whilst it may have been off-air, it's unusual for it to be so for any lengthy period.

Keep trying a manual tune of C39 & C47 but of course we don't know how long the engineering is going on :(

Now, although you've said you've spoken to restoretv.uk, I like to check belt and braces because there's a number of cases where people should have received postcards and haven't. Despite what they've said put your full postcode in on this page and see what it says https://restoretv.uk/post…ure/

You obviously know which way your aerial is pointing, but do check your coax isn't flapping about in the wind and check your coax plug ends and make sure there's no signs of corrosion or water.

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag
Friday, 3 November 2023
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Tony1234
9:59 AM

Many thanks Chris SE. I greatly appreciate your engagement.
At https://restoretv.uk/post…red/ it advised that no postcards had been sent so nothing there.

I have checked the coax. It was my first go to fix for the problem. All OK at the aerial but as I wobbled the coax into the faceplate behind the TV there was a change in quality of the signal. I redid the connection there delicately soldering the central wire of the incoming coax to the terminal in the back of the faceplate. That gave a signal of high quality free of variation as I moved the coax to the TV about. So all is good there.

OK we may well be on an engineering overun because of the bad weather progress not being completed when intended.

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