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Monday 30 December 2013 8:57PM

I'm trying to watch 5 USA, but there is no sound. All the other freeview channels work fine, it's just 5USA. Anyone else having this problem or can advise?

Monday 30 December 2013 9:14PM

W: 5 USA (31) is perfectly OK with me, if this problem has just occurred then try switching the TV or box completely off (at the mains) and then after a short pause back on again.

By the way, 5USA (31) is on the same transmitter as ITV3 (10) / Drama (20) etc.

Wednesday 15 January 2014 2:50AM

Hi, not sure if anyone can help me but would appreciate any suggestions.

I can't seem to get the SDN MUX channels on my tv, this includes 5*, Five USA and Drama among others. I have tried switching off and re-tuning and also doing a first time installation. I live in a flat so am unable to get to the aeriel. My local transmitter is Waltham and when I look on the coverage checker I should be getting these channels.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Wednesday 15 January 2014 7:19AM

Emily: Advice on difficulties with reception cannot really be given in cases where a persons location is unknown, this preferably given in the form of a post code or one from somewhere nearby, e.g: a shop / Post Office, however as the programme channels mentioned are all on the SDN transmitter you should go into your TV or boxes tuning menu / manual tune then enter and scan C29.

By the way, on most equipment the level that a signal is being received at can be checked "before" actually scanning it by pausing after entering the mux channel number required, as even although a signal level might be seen in some instances its possibly sitting at a level under that required for the receiver to capture and store it.

It should also be noted that as engineering work is being carried out at the Waltham transmitter breaks in transmission or alternatively periods of reduced power can be expected to occur at any time.

Wednesday 22 January 2014 2:29AM Derby

Hi JB,

Thanks for replying. I am in central Derby, DE1 and apparently should be getting the channels. I tried what you said and used the manual tuning and it came up blank.

I haven't had the channels at all since moving in almost a year and a half ago.

Might it be something to do with the aeriel?

Wednesday 22 January 2014 4:53PM

Emily: Can you view the following programme channels: (11) Pick TV - (24) ITV4? because if you can then there is no logical reason for not being able to view the SDN mux on C29, that is unless a fault exists on the communal distribution system as your C29 manual tune test should have resulted in a signal of sorts.

If you are on friendly terms with any of the other flat dwellers you should try and find out if they are able to receive Drama / ITV3 etc, because if not then this would save you from needlessly carrying out tests on your own system.

By the way, no engineering work is being carried out at Waltham this week and the station is fully operational.

Thursday 23 January 2014 12:55AM Derby

Hi JB,

I can watch Pick and ITV 4, both work fine. What is a communal distribution system?

I will try and find out if I see one of my neighbors.

Thursday 23 January 2014 9:13AM

Emily: Most (but not all) properties in the category of being classed as a flat are fitted with TV sockets fed from a multi-output distribution amplifier with its input being connected into one single aerial, this arrangement being called a communal aerial system and which I assumed possibly applied to yourself by you having mentioned that you reside in a flat.

However, if this isn't the case then its still advisable to make an enquiry with a neighbour, because "if" you carried out the manual tune signal checking procedure exactly as described in my original reply (i.e: enter channel number but do not scan) this should have indicated that a signal was being received albeit with it possibly being too low for your TV's receiver to capture, and with "dependant on how low" with the easiest (and less costly) way of getting over the problem being by using a signal booster.

You can check if this procedure works on whatever you are using (as it doesn't on some devices) by entering Waltham's BBC mux on C49 or its ArqA mux on C56 as used by Pick TV / Dave / Sky news etc.

Friday 24 January 2014 12:49AM Derby

Hi JB,

I'm not sure whether we have separate aerials or a communal one as it is a block of only 6 flats. My landlady is coming over for a different problem tomorrow so I will try and find out.

As for the scan I'm not sure I did it correctly, I think I did but I'm not very technical so I'm not sure! I'll tell you what I did:
1. Went on "TV Menu" (when on BBC1)
2. Went on "DTV Manual Tuning"
3. On here it says "UHF CH 49" at the top and says "good signal" in the little box. It says the same when I flick over to "UHF CH 56" I think this might be the MUXes? If I go to "UHF CH 29" and scan it doesn't do anything - says no signal. But looking at it now I don't think I'm doing the right thing!

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