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All posts by Trevor Wright

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

An Irate Freeview Viewer:
I live in Rayne (CM77 6) not that far from you and had a good 40-year-old Group B aerial until six weeks back when I finally switched to a five-element Wideband aerial (Blake DMX5 I think) with a channel 21-39 (I think) Antiference filter to remove any London reception, installed by Witham Aerials & Satellite ( Previously I could not get a reliable ITV4 (same issued with BTCC) but realised that an aerial change was the only option. I also had the old style of aerial downlead instead of the WF100 satellite style downcable now used. I now have a neat small aerial (awful-looking 10-element Blake DMX10's or similar were previously fitted), new downcable, and get all the channels without problem, even though channel 63 is down at 30% signal strength according to my Humax PVR. So, if you have an old aerial and old downcable the an aerial update is the only answer. Yes, it's annoying we are forced into this by the digital switchover, but it's something we all have to live with.
I can thoroughly recommend Witham Aerial & Satellite. He's an ex-Marconi chap like me and a professional installer, not like some of the cowboy installers.

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Braintree, Essex:
Last night, 29 June, from around 18:00 onwards for an hour or more I was getting drop-outs and NO SIGNAL on various stations when viewed via my TVonics MDR 240 set-top box, which was however showing reasonable signal strength but it was fluctuating a bit.
Switching to the same channel on my Humax PVR - no problems at all, and its signal strength was showing slight fluctuations but consistent 100% quality. I have a recently fitted broadband aerial, 21-39 channel Antiference filter and modern style of downcable. I guess the receiver on the Humax is more tolerant than the TVonics. After about 20:00 no further problems, good picture with no disturbances on either source.
Atmospheric effects? or did Sudbury have a wobble?
Also, why has channel 47 shown a higher signal strength before and after 27 June (about 73-76% on my Humax PVRs meter) than the other channels which are now 70-72% whereas before 41 and 44 were 73%?

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