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I just thought to share my challenges with the retune of COM 7 & 8 to channels 55 & 56.
I was quite happy with my Group A loft aerial receiving all muxes until the retune when I lost both COM 7 & 8.
I purchased a Vision log 36 aerial and installed this along with a new cabling run, but still did not receive COM 7 & 8. I contacted Freeview who sent an engineer who visited and confirmed there was not enough signal strength making it into my loft to receive the signals. All they are authorised to do is swap the aerial for a log36 and anything else like repositioning or moving the aerial outside you have to pay an aerial installer to undertake.
While he was in the loft I asked him to see if there was any particular location which was receiving a less weak signal for 55 & 56 than elsewhere. He moved his aerial about a few positions while connected to his signal meter (half-heartedly I must admit), but we found a slightly stronger signal coming through the side wall of the house rather than through the tiles. After he had left I re-positioned my aerial to point through the sidewall of the house and have restored signal on both muxes, albeit at only 10% signal strength, but with 100% signal quality. The lesson for me on these low power muxes and a loft aerial is that very subtle changes to the position and the direction of the aerial can make all the difference.

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According to the Freeview detailed tuning page for Rowridge COM8 is getting switched off today.
Channels like BBC 4HD/CBeebies HD have already been moved to COM7.

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