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I'm on the west of Milton Keynes and pre switchover I installed a log40 aerial with line of sight to Sandy Heath thanks to a beefy 12ft mast on gable end wall.
I'm using best quality copper shielded satelite cable and f-connectors and no wall plates (terminating at digi TV or STB). Before switchover we had perfect signal strength and quality with no issues. Post switchover we continued with no problems. But in the last 2 weeks signal strength now shows as fluctuating depending on mux but overall approx 15% lower and we now experience data errors resulting in pixelation and sound squeeks as well as sound picture sync delays.
I've retuned & factory reset on 2 different tuners umpteen times which sometimes for a short period fixes sync delay but essentially it feels like the power got turned down at sandy heath??
I had some great professional advice when choosing my non-wideband directional aerial (log40) and no issues until recently. I still have line of sight and I've tried altering aerial direction by a few degrees either way just to be sure (not fun 10-11m off the ground!)
Any advice gratefully received - thinking of not paying my TV license next.

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Briantist: Thank you kindly for your reply , your comments are very much appreciated, but sadly it does not answer my question at all.
I'm on a hill on the west of MK, my aerial sits 12m off the ground with nothing at all blocking the view of Sandy Heath which itself should be fairly tall??? So it's definitely not trees but thank you for the suggestion.
Is it possible to find out the actual power of signal now being transmitted [from Sandy Heath] instead of relying on what we're being told? Is Sandy heath due to have power increases to some muxes in the future? Is this a ploy to get everybody over to Satellite TV?
My log40 aerial is classed as directional but not high gain and this was fine until recently - I have spare wideband aerial of a poorer physical quality so I suppose I should test this next to see if this helps (I tried amplification but this had absolutely no effect).
I find it difficult to believe that what would appear to be a perfect aerial setup on paper which was working perfectly can now suddenly need attention despite no obvious local environmental changes without this being a change at the transmitter?
kind regards

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