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Freeview reception at ME7 1YF

Terrain between ME71YF and Freeview masts

For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter.

The diagrams below show the transmitters you can get a signal from - in order from best to worst. The blue line tests the line-of-sight between an aerial 10 metres above ground level (the line is red if there is an obstruction in the line-of-sight). You may be able to improve reception by raising the aerial higher - for safety's sake consult a reputable aerial installer if you need rooftop access. See below the diagrams for advanced options including selecting the receiver aerial height.

The terrain information (from Ordnance Survey and GIS) does not include forestation (where leaf cover changes with the seasons) or city buildings. The line-of-sight line can appear curved as this straight line moves over the Earth's surface.

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Paul
Wednesday 22 October 2014 1:33PM Oldham

Hi I live in OL2 8GB and last Sunday we lost all the BBC channels. Provider is with You View and we have the aerial located in the loft. We have 3 tvs dotted around the house, and those not using the the You View box with their own in built freeview, work fine. Re-tuned the You View box to no avail. BBC shoudl exist on channel 1 and its not finding it. Just to cloud the issue further, we have recently had solar panels installed as we are south facing, and I am wondering if this has contributed to the problem. Am I right in thinking I could re-position the aerial to point at Winter Hill as I believe it currently looks at the more local Dog Hill transmitter. Any help/advice greatly appreciated.

Dave Lindsay
Thursday 23 October 2014 1:15AM

Paul: I would suspect the solar panels, yes. What do you get if you try selecting UHF channel 46 on the YouView box's manual tuning screen? Do this but don't press the button to add channels/services, instead wait and see what strength/quality you have.

Winter Hill would appear to be really difficult for you owing to the fact that the ground rises immediately -- see this terrain plot:

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Have a look to see if neighbours have got Winter Hill aerials and perhaps enquire as to how their reception fares. Without question it would have to go outside and may give variable reception, which means it might work at some times of year/times of day/weathers and not others.

In areas such as yours it's possible that one property can get good reception (somehow!) and another can't.

J
JimTaylor
Thursday 23 October 2014 6:22PM Cinderford

I live near Westbury on Severn (GL141PL) and have always pointed my aerial almost due south towards the Mendip transmitter in order to receive the West regional programmes.

However after a recent re-tune it produced a most peculiar result. Channel 103 ITV HD is now what I call 'Midland' ie weather forecasts are for areas around Birmingham. I would have expected to have had to turn my aerial 180 degrees if I had wanted this. Has someone made an error?

MikeP
Thursday 23 October 2014 8:17PM

Paul

If your aerial is in the loft and you have solar PV panels or the water heating type on the roof in a position where the aerial is trying to 'look through' the panels, you will have a major reception problem! Best solution is to have your aerial fitted outside the roof space and away from the panels as far as practicable.

If you employ an aerial contractor to move the aerial do not fall for the scam of 'you must have a digital aerial and they are more expensive' as any log periodic UHF wideband aerial will work perfectly with Freeview signals.

MikeP
Thursday 23 October 2014 8:25PM

Jim Taylor

It could be that your equipment has tuned to the Ridge Hill signals as they are lower in the frequency band than are those from Mendip. If you find on your TV how to show the signal strength screen it should show you which channel or frequency it is tuned to for the selected programme channel. BBC1 for example should be on Channel 49, 680 MHz for the Mendip BBC West service. Ridge Hill is on Channel 28, 530 MHz and that carries BBC1 West Midlands.

You could try retuning with the aerial unplugged for the first third of the scan or else you may need to manually tune with the aid of your TV set's User Manual.

A
Anne.
Friday 24 October 2014 10:57AM Congleton

Can we get Radio Oldham on our TV.
We are in Congleton CW12 4SL.
We do not know the number to click on our remote.
Thank you.
Anne.

Dave Lindsay
Friday 24 October 2014 12:49PM

Anne.: If you are referring to Oldham Community Radio then no.

J
JimTaylor
Friday 24 October 2014 6:28PM Cinderford

In reply to MikeP, I turned my aerial to point at Ridge Hill. I got no ITV or ITVHD at all.
I repointed at Mendip and noted that ITV was indeed West but it was ITVHD that was Central. Very odd unless there are very peculiar upper air conditions.

Whichever direction I pointed the aerial I got the same 11 channels on Channel34 and all of them were at least 10 times the strength of all the other channels (some 140 or so) But these 11 were a really weird set including Al Jazeera Arabic and jewellery Making. As there are such strong signals why can't they be used for the important channels?

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