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Midhurst (West Sussex, England) Full Freeview transmitter
Monday 31 January 2011 10:34PM

I live in Partridge Green, West Sussex and my Freeview reception is fine except that about 8 months ago I retuned my STB and lost C64. I've never managed to regain it since, even manually tuning doesn't work. This is odd because it worked fine for ages and the picture was good. The predictor on this site also says I should be getting maximum 'effective power level' which is much higher than all the other channels that I am still receiving fine.

I have already switched to Freesat but I miss Dave. Is there anything I can try? I've already got a new aerial with mast head amp.

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Full technical details of Freeview
Tuesday 14 August 2018 1:08PM

I live at the bottom of a narrow valley that points roughly North/South (it's wider at the North end). Postcode is TA4 2HJ. My nearest, and predicted to be strongest, transmitter is Stockland Hill which is about 31km away to the SE. Beyond that is Mendip which is 55km to the NE.
I have installed a wideband antenna on my roof and I'm getting a pretty stable picture on CH26 (BBC1 etc.) with 100% signal quality but only 20% strength when pointing the antenna to the SW. On CH28 I'm getting 20% signal and quality but no picture. I can't seem to get any signal from any other direction on any other channels.

What's puzzling me is that getting CH26/28 suggests I'm picking up Stockland Hill which is to the SE but my antenna is pointing SW. I could just about understand it working 180 degrees out but not 90!

The only explanation I can think of is that I'm picking up a signal bounced off of the hillside. And because it's a lucky/spurious bounce I'm only getting one channel (if I move 100yds maybe I'll get 28 but not 26!).

Does that sound plausible? Any suggestions for what to try? I realise I'm not exactly in the best place for a TV signal!

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