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All posts by Richard Cooper

Below are all of Richard Cooper's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.

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Full technical details of Freeview
Wednesday 10 August 2016 11:15AM

A. Robertson: Good Morning, A Robertson. There are no reported problems currently at the Hawick Freeview Light television relay transmitter and so I would strongly suggest that you carry out a full check of your reception installation from the aerial itself right through to the fly-lead from the wall aerial socket ('wall-plate') to the tv. Post again to this site if you require more detailed advice. Richard, Norwich.

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Bay TV Swansea
Wednesday 10 August 2016 11:32AM

Deb: Hi, Deb. Firstly, you need to be absolutely certain that you are receiving your television signals from the Kilvey Hill transmitter, which is the one to the East-North-East of Swansea City centre. Your tv aerial needs to be pointing towards it. If your epg is not displaying a channel 8, then have you carried out a re-tune since Bay TV began in Swansea? It is best to first do a retune with the aerial lead disconnected from the tv. This is so that the tv 'forgets' its previous settings as well as any corrupted data stored in its memory. Then plug the aerial back in and carry out another retune. Both of these retunes should be the 'first-time installation' type of re-tune because the 'add channels' type of retune tend to be unreliable. Try all of the above and let us know how you get on. Richard, Norwich.

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All DAB transmitters
Wednesday 10 August 2016 11:51AM

alex bennett: Hi, Alex. You're out of the reach of BBC Radio Leeds on DAB digital radio and on FM, however , if you have a radio wit the medium waveband on it, you can try 774 kilohertz, 774 kHz, medium wave. Make sure you radio is broadside on to the direction of Leeds from Poulton-le-Fylde. Alternatively you can listen to BBC Radio Leeds online, using this link:-

BBC - Radio Leeds - Home

...and then click on: 'Listen live'.

Good luck with medium wave radio or with listening online for your Leeds United commentaries! Richard, Norwich.

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Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter
Thursday 11 August 2016 9:24AM

Norman Langridge: Hi, Norman. It is usually the case that if the electronic programme guide doesn't appear for a particular channel, the multiplex on which it is carried (in your case the Findon multiplex), then the signal strength is not sufficiently high for the tv or set-top box to process it effectively. I am surprised that your Humax contact did not explain this to you when you contacted Humax. Richard, Norwich.

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Toby: Hi, Toby. If you are thinking of replacing your old aerials with a new one, you need what we call a 'grouped' aerial. Your recommended transmitter is the Full Freeview main transmitter at Rowridge Farm on the Isle of Wight, for which you require a group 'A' aerial. Now, some of the CHANNEL groups, known as multiplexes are transmitted with vertical polarisation, so you may wish to experiment with your new aerial elements (the little rods that go across the arm of the aerial) arranged vertically instead of horizontally. The main channels, watched by most viewers are transmitted with equal powers at horizontal and vertical polarisation. It's up to you to try and find out which is best, depending upon the channels you wish to watch. It would be a good idea to replace the old aerial cable with new as well. You should choose the type of cable that has a silver foil wrap around a copper braid around a polythene insulator around a strand of thicker copper 'inner' conductor. Replace the coax aerial plugs and sockets with new ones too. It might be worth your considering mounting your new aerial on the roof or chimney instead of putting it in the loft, but you could try the loft first and see how you get on. Post again if you run into any problems. Richard, Norwich.

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Map of all DAB transmitters
Thursday 11 August 2016 4:36PM

David worth: Hi, David. Do you mean Ibthorpe? I can't locate a place called Ibsthorpe!. My guess would be before the end of October this year because this is when I'm led to believe the current round of additional transmitters for the BBC National multiplex and the Digital One First national commercial multiplex are due to have been completed and by which time should be on the air. Richard, Norwich.

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Map of all DAB transmitters
Thursday 11 August 2016 8:05PM

Richard Cooper: Hi, again David. I have an update on Ibthorpe DAB since my posting of 4:36 p.m. I have been informed by someone 'in the know', that Ibthorpe will be up and running by 30th. September 2016, which is about a month earlier than I had anticipated. Let's keep our fingers crossed if you're the superstitious type! Richard, Norwich.

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Ryan Leask: Hi, Ryan. Are you sure that your Mum & Dad get their tv from a satellite dish rather than terrestrially from a tv aerial on their home? Richard, Norwich. PS If they use a conventional aerial, they should be using the Weisdale relay ( Freeview Light) transmitter which is part of the Bressay transmitter group!

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Capital FM
Saturday 13 August 2016 8:28AM

Gemma: Good Morning, Gemma. This is not the Capital FM website I'm afraid, so it is not possible to request tunes on Capital FM from here. Let me see id I can help you, however.

First of all, you need to go to the website below to tell Capital FM where you are. Then take it from there and hopefully you'll see where to go to make a request:-

Choose your location - Capital FM

I hope this will help you, Gemma. Have a lovely day. Richard, Norwich.

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Jamie Skinner: Hi, James. A similar sort of thing happened yesterday, Friday 12th. August, late morning, but this time it was the BT Internet connection feed of Smooth Radio to the transmitter that was lost resulting in transmission of a mains buzz instead of the Smooth radio programming. I phoned Global in London to tell them but someone had beaten me to it! Anyway, there were engineers on site by 2:15 p.m. and they temporarily solved the problem by connecting the output from a DAB radio to the transmitter feed!!! The result is that for a temporary period, Smooth Norfolk on DAB and Smooth Norfolk on 1152 MW are in sync - i.e. no delay to the listener between the two platforms!!! Richard, Norwich.

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