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The first is a small 20cm high simple stick aerial, costing a few pounds. This was found to give adequate reception of (16QAM-mode) Freeview channels in strong signal areas, especially outside.
However, unless it can be placed in direct sight of the transmitter an only unsatisfactory signal can be received.
The second form of aerial is of the Yagi design of around 30cm length, costing around 10.
This aerial was slightly better than the simple stick design, largely because it can be directed to point at the transmitter and be positioned horizontally or vertically as required.
However, in poor signal areas the 64QAM channels were not received, and the aerial required good placement to get an uninterrupted Freeview signal.
Indoor Panel aerial
This was found to have around the same reception quality as the Indoor Yagi type, and cost around the same.
Indoor digital aerial with booster
Costing 25-30, the improvement of the signal provided by a modern internal TV aerial. Typically able to boost the signal by 36dB, this type of aerial when well positioned provided stable, uninterrupted Freeview reception on all channels.
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jb38 Saturday 18 May 2013 12:22PM
Ian: I think that the issue was somewhat clouded from the start by your suspicion about the powered aerial that you had purchased and use of.
The aspect of your problem that could suggest a fault being, that if you are viewing something you have previously recorded and you press stop, this should revert you back to the live TV channel that the "boxes" tuner was sitting on, you having indicated not.
However on having a search around you might find the info / comments relating to software problems with that model of box an interesting read albeit somewhat lengthy.
Ian: Just to satisfy my curiosity about something there is one final test that I would like you to try, and being, rather than using the HDMI lead between the box and the TV try using a scart connection between the AV1 sockets on both devices and see if this changes anything.
I've just tried it - I just got even a blank screen!
Thank you very much for your assistance on this matter. I think for the time being I'll just have to live without my HD and recording facility! If I ever come across a solution - although I suspect it's the equipment at fault - I'll let you know
Ian: Thanks for trying that test, but could you just confirm that this the result you get even although you have selected AV1 input rather than the usual HDMI1 "after" having pressed AV on your TV's remote control?