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All posts by Allan Cousens

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Can anyone give me some advice on this problem? I watch Freeview channels on a less than one year old Panasonic TV in London W4 using the Crystal Palace transmitter. Recently all the main channels give a 'No signal' message and I thought this meant the aerial or the cabling to it had gone kaput - a view that was confirmed when I connected an indoor aerial up and BBC1, for instance, reappeared but, as in the case with indoor aerials, in a bit of a temperamental way. However, I've discovered it's not so simple as the outside aerial not working any more because a few channels - e.g. Classic FM on MUX COM6/frequency C28 and in particular London Live on MUX LW/frequency C29 still work through it. This seems to me very strange as frequency C29 is at 20kW so if anything I would expect this to be the first to go with a dodgy aerial. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.

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This may help some people, if it works it's a cheap, simple solution and is certainly worth trying. I live in East London and have a fixed aerial in the loft that has worked well for years but will not receive channels 55 and 56 and is sometimes dubious about channel 35 containing London Live etc. from Crystal Palace. The other day I accidentally discovered that an old indoor TV aerial I had lying about can receive channels 55 and 56 and even channel 35 when the rooftop aerial is just showing blocks of colour. So in the 21st century I have reverted to that old staple of the 60s and 70s of wandering round the living room with an indoor aerial trying to find the best location for the signal. I was thinking of changing the fixed aerial in the loft but am not keen on this if the channels are anticipated to be changing again in a few years.

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