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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.
When you click on a diagram, you will see map with the location selected shown with this symbol: . SA31DE Freeview, Freeview Light transmitter Fault location on LOS
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If your aerial faces Winter Hill, ensure that your TV hasn't tuned to Congleton (for the channels it broadcasts). To do this, check the signal strength screen on BBC One, ITV and BBC One HD (if it has a HD receiver). It should tell you the UHF channel that the signal is being received on and this is equivalent to the frequency.
For BBC One it should be tuned to C50 (706MHz) for Winter Hill rather than C44 (658MHz) for Congleton.
For ITV it should be tuned to C59 (778MHz) for Winter Hill rather than C41 (634MHz) for Congleton.
For BBC One HD it should be tuned to C54 (738MHz) for Winter Hill rather than C47 (682MHz) for Congleton.
You don't need to check others because they will be as one of the above. That is, BBC Two will always be the same as BBC One.
Hi,i have two alba tv`s with built in freeview and since April i cant get any bbc channels,i gave tried retuning them but with no luck,both tv`s are on different aerials in the loft and one tv shares a aerial with another tv that can get the bbc channels,freeview version is v.2.9 but there's no option to upgrade it.Any ideas?.
I have just recently moved into a house in Blackwater, unable to get any signal through the aerial fitted on the roof. We have had BT install infinity and we can now watch our main television via a booster but unable to pick up any signal for any of the other tv's even using an indoor digital aerial. Any ideas?
John Curtis: I suggest that the two most likely reason for getting no signal from the rooftop aerial is because either the lead is not connected all the way through and/or because there is an amplifier connected inline which is not powered on.
The amplifier could be on the mast, in which case it requires a separate power supply that connects inline, often behind the television. Or there could be a distribution amplifier perhaps situated in the loft which feeds signals to more than one room.
Judging by the size of the aerials on the rooves of the houses in your area I think it highly unlikely that the signal lower down and indoors is likely to be sufficient for an indoor aerial!
Whilst you are only 31 miles away, you do not have anywhere near line-of-sight. The difficulty is the higher ground on which Camberley sits, which is in the way.
If your aerial points to Crystal Palace, which is roughly east north east, then see if any of your receivers have manual tuning on. Try manually tuning its broadcast (UHF) channels which are 23, 26, 25, 22 and 28.
Steve Cheshire: No. The Licence Fee does not guarantee availability of reception.
From what I can see, your postcode resolves to a block of flats. This makes me think that this aerial you refer to, which is on the roof, is a communal one. If so some then communal aerial systems require adjustment to take account of the new channels.
If, one month on, no resident has bothered to notify the landlord then it isn't likely to get fixed!
Jeff Sutcliffe Friday 17 May 2013 12:58PM Frodsham
I have inbuilt Freeview on my LG32LG5700 TV. I am unable to select another mast/receiver option on this model. Since the last digital update my signal has been poor on ITV channels and BBC even poorer to non-existant on other channels. I hasten to add this is the case with any TV tried in the house. The signal being picked up from my home in Cheshire is now broadcasting in Welsh (received from Wales,10plus miles away), and not from Winter Hill. Without the cost of a new TV aerial (which I believe is a digital one), what are my options please?
Jeff Sutcliffe: There is no such thing as a "digital" aerial. An aerial isn't bothered about whether a signal is analogue or digital, but only dependent on frequency of the signal.
The purpose of the automatic tuning scan is to look through all frequencies to 'see' what signals are available. Once completed the receiver must 'decide' which to use as its main ones (the rest being put in the 800s). In this case it has chosen to use the signals from the Moel-y-Parc transmitter in Wales. This in no way indicates that the aerial is not picking up Winter Hill. The poor reception comes about because the signal being received is from a direction other than which the aerial faces.
Many thanks Dave, read one of your posts and done that now already, the BBC still squeaks on an off-it never used to! I have a bigger problem resorting and organising my Median TV channels as manually tuned to your suggested channels but BBC is still also programmed to receive Welsh as channels 001/002 with BBC North in 800's. Not sure why for my postcode in Cheshire the strongest transmitter is suggested by this website as Moel-y-parc? I hope I am not expected to do a manual retune for an update every time.
These numbers relate to BBC One, ITV, ITV3, Pick TV, Film4, respectively (as do those given in my previous posting for Winter Hill).
Thus, if the BBC One you are watching is tuned to C45 then it is being received from Moel-y-Parc. Any poor reception is likely because the aerial is pointing the wrong way for the signal being received.
For those sets without manual tuning you may be able to avoid picking up Moel-y-Parc by having the aerial lead unplugged during its part of the scan; say the first 50%.
Thanks for the advice Dave I will take a look or boost my already boosted aerial I guess. I have no Sky or similar. I'm sorry I thought the transmittersignal strengths had been adjusted recently, I thought it may have been a transmitter issue.
Jeff Sutcliffe: Once you have each set tuned to Winter Hill (having verified the channel numbers shown on the signal strength screens) then don't be tempted to retune. Your sets will give the best picture and retuning won't improve it.
With digital there is strength and quality. Quality is effectively the digits that make up the picture being intact. Strength is the level of the signal.
Amplification makes a signal bigger but cannot improve its quality. See:
Jeff Sutcliffe: In situations such as yours where you don't have line-of-sight, you are relying on refraction. Consequently, in some spots one signal may be good and another not so. It is always possible that C50 (the BBC channel) isn't good where your aerial is, it never having been used before.
Hi, i am interested in 4G signals (at 800MHz). If a transmitter is transmitting channels say at (uhf) channel 30 (which is no where near 800MHz) what factors would lead 4G to cause problems in this situation?
Ross Taylor: The problem that 4G can in certain circumstances cause is only one of its transmitter creating a powerful RF signal that's capable of swamping the wideband input of a TV or boxes tuner thereby desensitizing it to receiving TV signals.
Although having expressed my view in the past insomuch that I think the whole issue is being somewhat hyped up, as any powerful RF source that transmits on a frequency near to (not actually on) that used for TV reception is equally capable of desensitizing the RF input circuitry in a tuner, as it causes the tuners AGC (automatic gain circuit) to cut back the sensitivity of the tuner, this in turn also kills the TV signal.
The point to remember being, that any wideband tuner such as used in TV's is always susceptible to sensing RF signals near to its operating range, the tuner doesn't actually require to tuned to the offending signal, and as far as Ch30 is concerned, in my opinion any TV receiving programmes on mux Ch30 is only ever likely to be affected if the 4G transmitter was located at less than 30 metres or so away and was working at maximum power, AND that being coupled to the tuner fitted in the TV or box being one of the more mediocre types usually found in lower end devices.
I have "lost" Yesterday TV following a re-tune of my TV and Hard Disk recorder (twin tuners). All other stations are returned as they were except for this one. On a secondary TV with a Digi-box Yesterday is still received with no problems. I dare not re-tune for fear of also losing from this arrangement.
Any assistance on how to recover this station would be most gratefully received
Thanks Dave, We have tried an AM radio but can not find the source to our interference. The times that this happens is 7.20AM-10AM then again at 4.20PM-10.20PM then the picture is perfect again. I've heard about the testing of 4G services, could this be the case if so how do I check? Any Ideas? Thanks Becky.
We have 2 freeview tvs upstairs that worked ok but now have really poor reception. One is was a brand new tv with a built in freeview receiver, the other an old tv with a freeview box. They now can't get BBC and the other channels are very iffy.
We are 10 miles from the Sandy transmitter, can you suggest what I oould do to resolve?
Hi, again back to 4G. Say BBC transmits on UHF ch 60 with a signal of 58 and the the LTE strength is 71. Obviously this is not enough to interfere with the transmitter signal, BUT, with other interfernce factors combined (ie atmospheric) could this be enough to cause 'an issue'?
The red on the plot corresponds to Standford Bury where there is a row of trees which are potentially across the signal path. The industrial buildings could be a difficulty with those in bungalows being even lower to the ground and therefore, logic would suggest, potentially more likely to have difficulties.
Mariya : sorry for the delay, but I've only just seen your question.
I'm very very surprised you do not have Cbeebies, since its a PSB station (so you get it even if your signal is from a relay), and if your missing it, your going to be missing BBC3/4 as well. If you type your postcode (IG8?) into the reception predictor, you'll see what you should be getting. BBC signals are particularly strong, so I'd expect you to get something, and putting an IG8 postcode brought up no problems for signals from Crystal Palace.
Do you have a TV and a recorder? Check to see if its on one, and not the other, and perhaps see what transmitter they are both tuned into, and what other channels are missing.
The only other answer I can think of is that TV's and PVR's can be set up to remove certain channels from the EPG (the adult ones, for instance) - it could be that your TV has been set up in this way (probably by accident), and just needs to be reset.
As a stay-at-home dad I know that Cbeebies was a godsend when my kids were younger (CBBC does much the same thing now), so I know how valuable it is.
It is rare to recover any electronics devices after fluids have been spilt inside them!
Asthere are mains voltage sections, I would strongly advise buying a new box and recycle the old damaged one.
Hi can any one help me? i have lost all my free view channels since Monday i have 3 tvs running on free view but cannot get a signal fro any of them. i have a logik Lori a free view box. also can i use them on a non free view digital TV.
ji: If it is a single aerial that feeds the three TVs then how does the feed (from the aerial) split?
If it's a powered amplifier (booster) then perhaps it has failed. The fact that its light is on doesn't necessarily mean that it is functioning correctly.
Yes, you can use a Freeviewbox on a non-Freeview TV. If the TV has a scart socket then connect it using scart. If it's older and doesn't have a scaty socket then you may need something else to connect it.
Interesting feature, the line of sight map - although I'm unaware of any raised object 5km away as indicated - it's all water. Perhaps the postcode area is sufficiently broad to include some locations that do experience some land at that distance, but for me it's all water beyond about 1/2 km. Straight line, yes, but the signal still vanishes when a lorry or a buss passes by :-(