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Monday, 12 March 2012
Martin Rosen

10:04 PM

I am likely to be away from my property on both switchover dates. When I return, will I be able to just retune at that time?

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Martin Rosen's 83 posts GB

10:57 PM

Martin Rosen: Yes, as its only really people who view on a continuous basis that have to re-tune on the dates changes take place to avoid losing programmes, although when you return you should first of all carry out a factory default re-set on your equipment to enable you to make a fresh start before re-tuning.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
10:24 AM


We recieve Freeview from Sandy Heath but all TV's in the house "drop out" occasionally where the picture freezes and then returns a few seconds later often with the sound out of sync. We have a fairly high gain aerial, with a splitter/amp in the loft. The TV's all show a signal strength of 50 - 52%. How can I cure the drop out/freezing.

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Mike's 1 post GB
7:14 PM

We receive our Freeview from Hastings transmitter. However today we have lost all the ITV channels and are only able to receive BBC.
Does anyone else in the area have this problem today?

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Bob's 5 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:33 PM

Bob: See
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works

Hastings Digital TV is "Liable to interruption".

Looking at Postcode Checker - Trade View suggests that after switchover Heathfield will "Good" at your location. All others, including Hastings are "variable". Indeed, some of Hastings' multiplexes are predicted as being "poor".

According to this plot, you have clear line of sight to Heathfield (assuming no local obstructions):

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

It's probably best to see how it goes, being mindful that Heathfield might be a better bet come switchover if Hastings is not perfect.

The switchover dates for Heathfield and Hastings are the same: 30th May and 13th June.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
8:55 PM

Thank you Dave for this information.

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Bob's 5 posts GB

10:58 PM

It's a lot cheaper than SKY Linda, why should it be free, analogue TV wasn't.

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
1:59 AM

How can i watch the Eurosport in Macau?

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roxanne's 1 post MO
Peter Mc Mahon
9:14 AM


Whats the best Digital High Gain Aerial to purchase.

Although my postcode is showing up as being in a good reception area, the actual location of my home is making my signal reception woeful.

Can anyone recommend a particular manufacturer for the aerial, as there are a few out there and just want to get it right this time?

Thanks for any assistance on this.

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Peter Mc Mahon's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

10:47 AM

Peter McMahon: Lots of advice and products at

Wideband yagi are less sensitive at lower (Group A) frequencies. See Gain (curves), Again

If you're going for Divis and require a high-gain aerial, probably best to get a Group A on rather than a wideband. This is the advice given by ATV.

One thing I will say is that prior to switchover, Mux C is on channel 48 and this is the only one that is outside Group A. After switchover, Divis will return to being a Group A transmitter.

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