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Allan Isaacs Wednesday 7 March 2012 7:21PM Christchurch
We use Rowridge.
I retuned our Sony TV at 6:30pm but the BT Box seems to have done this by itself.
Unfortunately all the stations on Channel 30 are breaking up both on the TV and through the BT Vision box. The signal strength for all RF channels reads 100% but quality doesn't get higher than 20%.
I wonder if the multiplex on Channel 30 is now too near BBC1 analogue on Channel 31?
I can't remember what there is up our aerial pole, but almost certainly there's an amplifier, as without this we couldn't have received Freeview? The same goes for lots of peolpe in the Bransgore area.
I thought switchover would be painless!
Now no ESPN and no Quest... my favourites.
I am in the Poole Dorset area (BH15 1UZ) and have always beeen told we are in a non-freeview area ! That being said, we found a weak signal, and with the help of a competant aerial engineer combined with loft aerial & mast head amplifier (we are not allowd roof aerials) we obtained a watchable signal. Am I correct in thinking that this will improve when the digital signal power level is increased (x 10 ?). I want to upgrade to HD.
I am in the Poole Dorset area (BH15 1UZ) and have always beeen told we are in a non-freeview area ! That being said, we found a weak signal (Rowbridge), and with the help of a competant aerial engineer combined with loft aerial & mast head amplifier (we are not allowd roof aerials) we obtained a watchable signal. Am I correct in thinking that this will improve when the digital signal power level is increased (x 10 ?). I want to upgrade to HD.
An amplifier is always second best to a decent aerial Alf, But in a loft you may need both as the roof can reduce signal strength by up to 100 times.
I think you may just be about OK for HD with your current setup. Wait and see.
Without an amplifier we couldn't receive Freeview either, but once the switchover started and signal strength of digital increased the amplifier should not be needed.
The current problem is Channel 30. Previously, because of adjacent channel interference, from BBC1 analogue in Channel 31, Channel 30 digital transmission was moved downwards in frequency.
Unfortunately, Channel 30 is now on its correct centre frequency and is too close to the huge BBC1 analogue transmission on Channel 31 which is swamping our digital signals on Channel 30.
I could try removing my amplifier which will probably fix the problem by lowering the skirts of Channel 31, or twist the aerial towards vertical polarisation to reduce analogue signal which is horizontally polarised, and get digital which is transmitted on both horiz & vert in its vertical mode.
I imagine this will reduce the analogue signal by up to 30dB (up to a thousand times less) while maintaining a decent digital signal.
However I understand the signal on Channel 30 is going to move once again soon, and BBC1 analogue will be switched off in April anyway, so I may not bother getting out the ladder etc.
Dave: just wanted to say thank you for your assistance. We completed a Factory Reset on our tv and for the first time in 15 years had a fantastic, crystal clear picture in the kitchen :-). Tv aerial is pointing at the Findon transmitter, so waiting for stage 2 on 21st, but thrilled with current position. Thx
I live in the Southwater (just south of Horsham) and have noticed that ITV and a whole host of other channels disappear quite regularly while the BBC and others are fine.
I have my same TV aerial and wondered what the solution is. My aerial points at the Midhurst transmitter.
Frazer Palmer: Just in addition to that said, if you are using auto-tune you "might" pick up either Rowridge (Ch21) or even more so the more local Findon (Ch47) at 3 miles away, as both these are indicated as having the edge on Whitehawk Hill for reception, and if you do then manually tuning in of the channel required is the only way around the problem.