menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Archive (2002-)



Click to see updates

All posts by john luke

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

Does a group B aerial rather than a wide band improve poor reception from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

link to this comment
GB flag
Freeview reception - all about aerials | Installing
Thursday 19 February 2015 11:29PM

Mike P:
Thanks for your reply. We live a long way away from Sutton Coldfield, in the folds of the Cotswold hills postcode GL66PA, but the only terrestrial reception, though weak, is from that transmitter. After switchover the reception improved with good reception except in some meteorological conditions (BBC2 had previously often been snowy with analogue).

The old aerial (presumably Group B?) died a few weeks ago after c. 30 years use. It had 15 cross (X) shaped elements (ie 60 element sections) plus twin reflectors with a c. 2metres long beam
The new aerial is a wideband which looks very similar to the Wolsey LTE HG 10 with double looped elements. It is much shorter with larger reflectors. However we cannot receive unpixelated any of the BBC channels.

I was wondering therefore whether installing a wideband aerial had led to the poorer reception?


link to this comment
GB flag

Dave Lindsay:
Hi Dave,
Thanks for your help. Unfortunately we get no reception from Ridge Hill even though it is much closer than Sutton Coldfield (SC). There is also nothing from the Stroud relay transmitter which is very close but just like Ridge Hill there is a big hill in direct line of sight. Until very recently we have had perfectly acceptable reception from the old aerial directed at SC. I think we are therefore stuck with SC. My thoughts are to take down the new wideband Wolsey HG10 and replace it by a group B aerial such as the Antiference XG9BK. Any thoughts?

link to this comment
GB flag