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Freeview reception has changed? | Freeview Interference
Monday 7 October 2019 4:49PM

I live in Sutton on Sea LN12 2JB and are suffering from picture/sound break-up on Sky news plus a few other freeview channels e.g. 23, 85 etc. I have a BT Youview box. I have three tv's in the bungalow all are are affected. I have a signal amplifier in the loft.

I fitted a new aerial 3 years ago with heavy duty cabling, it has been fine until the last few weeks. I have retuned the tv's and the BT box, I have checked all plugs and connectors in the loft. The aerial is pointing to the West as are all others around us. Belmont is the closest transmitter.

I get Lincs/East Yorkshire tv channels. When I retune, most channels show maximum strength, some are 90%.

Any suggestions I might try now ?

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Thanks Chris, Yes we are still experiencing the same problem, I have tried disconnecting each tv in turn and disconnecting the amplifier box, all to no avail. I have not checked the uhf / Belmont set up, I will try it today.

The coax I used is thicker than the cheap brown stuff and still in perfect condition. The cable runs are long as we have a large bungalow. 25 metres from aerial head to amplifier and then 20 metres to the lounge tv. however it was working fine since instalation until recently.

I suppose water in the aerial head box is possible even though we live in the driest side of the country. The mast is 12ft long and mounted on the side of the apex of the bungalow. The aerial has 10 cross shaped elements and two grid like panels, one above the beam and one below, angled slightly inwards.

I am almost 80 so unable to get up to check it for water damage. I do have a small aerial on the shed which serves a small tv .................................. Chris what a muppet I am !!! Why didn't I think to check the channels that are breaking up on that aerial/tv before, I have not used it for a year or so.

I have been and checked and they are perfect ! So I guess that means it is my aerial connection is faulty.

I will have to get a local tv aerial installer to check it out.

I am grateful for your advice and help, at least I have checked out my whole system is okay.

It ain't any fun getting old Chris :-)



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