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All posts by Enkel

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


I had an old TV set with a Freeview box, but replaced it with a new TV which had a built-in Freeview tuner. The box had behaved perfectly attached to my old set. My son recently returned from a work stint in Singapore and brought his large, flat-screen TV with him. It (naturally) didn't have a freeview tuner, so I gave him my old box. It now tunes in perfectly to Freeview, but every time the box is switched off it has to be rescanned. Is this problem (a) the box, (b) the TV set, or (c) some strange quirk of the Oxford transmitter from which he receives signals which was not apparent with the Hannington transmitter from which I receive signals?

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Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter
Saturday 5 November 2011 10:40PM

I live in the SN6 area and in spite of all the theory I can only receive decent Freeview signals from Hannington. Freeview reception is almost, but not quite, perfect. Several aerial engineers have visited my house and have confirmed that I cannot receive a satisfactory signal from Oxford, even after its switchover, theoretically the best for my area. Am I correct in thinking that once the Hannington switchover occurs next year my signal will be at least as good as at present or will something nasty happen to the transmitter which will cause the Freeview signal to deteriorate at my location? (which is in any case reckoned a "very poor" one for Hannington).

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Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter
Wednesday 9 November 2011 1:11PM Swindon

Briantist: Thanks for your comment. My postcode is SN6 7QA. The Oxford transmitter is approx 25 miles NE from my house and the house is at the foot of a hill about 50-100' high in that direction. On the other hand the nearest hills of any size in the Hannington direction are the Lambourn downs, about 10 miles away. Does that help?

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jb38: Thanks for your helpful comments. The Freeview box is a Philips DTR220, I believe.

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Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter
Sunday 13 November 2011 5:50PM

Briantist: Thanks. Forgot to mention - I actually live in a dip between two hills - one to the NE and one to the West, so the Mendip signal suffers the same fate as the Oxford one - it flies a hundred feet above me. Ah well, it looks like Freesat here we come! Bye-bye Dave and bye-bye Yesterday. Will just wait and see until next February about Hannington and then dip into my pocket if, as now seems likely, the signal gets worse.

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Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter
Monday 21 November 2011 12:17AM

James: I fear you must look elsewhere than to the transmitter for your problems. Here in the depths of NW Wiltshire all channels from Hannington, including BBC 1 & 2 have been coming through loud and clear last week

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I'm confused. Recently I changed my tv aerial and started to receive signals from Mendip (before that I was tuned in to Hannington, all legit because I live on the border between these two transmitters). I did a complete retune and now get a bunch of channels with BBC1 West (etc) on channel 49, with good reception. So far so good. But your table shows (I think!) that on 31 March this year BBC1 (etc) moved to Channel 32. I get nothing at all on Channel 32. What gives, please?

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Sorry, but I don't see Mendip in the above list of channel changes. Have I missed something or is there no change in immediate prospect for that transmitter? I also note that my set shows channels in the 43-49 area, but BBC1 is distinctly shown as Channel 32 in your listing of Mendip frequencies.Could someone explain what I'm missing, please?

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