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Indoor aerials | Installing
Saturday 9 June 2012 8:57AM
Heathfield

Hello Brian - excellent site !

We live just half a mile west of Heathfield transmitter at TN21 0SS. I think that water has got into our rooftop aerial cable, which caused terrible break-up (bitrate error off the scale) during the footie last night, on BBC1 especially but also ITV1.

In desperation, I experimented with a simple stick aerial next to the freeview box and - hey presto - signal strength of 60-70% and just occasional minor break-ups. I reckon it would be even better next to a window, which is my project today.

I guess that we're just lucky living so close to a major transmitter. Would you think things will still be as good after DSO2 next week ? Should I be able to receive HD this way ?

Thanks

Mike

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Indoor aerials | Installing
Sunday 10 June 2012 9:12AM
Heathfield

Thanks JB. The cable from the rooftop is shot, but I appear to be in the fortunate position of not needing it anyway.

I eventually sat the stick aerial horizontally bewteen my amp and freeview HD box (!!!) which gives "signal strength" of 75-90%. Based on what I've read, I certainly don't want it any higher than that do I ?

Unfortunately my box does not have a "signal quality" meter. Break ups were minimal yesterday.

I shall report back later in the week !

Mike

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Indoor aerials | Installing
Wednesday 13 June 2012 12:22PM
Heathfield

Sorted out my roof aerial last night and at 7am this morning I retuned. Result...perfect !

All channels present, strength stable at 97-99% (exactly as predicted), HD looking good although will need to tweak the picture which was set up for Sky HD. I have recorded BBC HD all day so hopefully I will get the test card to assist with that.

I have set my Samsung box to feed my tv at best quality possible (1080p), although my Philips TV is only 1080i/720p. Great picture though.

Thanks for the advice JB, just teething troubles in the 2 week gap it would seem.

Mike

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Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter
Wednesday 13 June 2012 9:47PM
Heathfield

Richard,

Just a thought - try scanning again with a set top aerial. My picture was breaking up using my roof aerial, the signal was just too strong think - but the set top aerial picked up all the channels no problem and all have been clear this evening. You're maybe 3 miles from here...

Mike

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