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Thursday, 13 September 2012
Dave Lindsay
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10:32 AM

janette: It's probably the case that at the time the TV performed the automatic tuning scan, the signal that carries ITV1, C4, C5 and others wasn't quite good enough.

Try manually tuning to UHF channel 55 for these service (if the TV allows manual tuning).

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Dave Lindsay
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10:37 AM

Jannette: It is likely that this won't be an issue when they have switched to full power on 26th. It is the weaker signal that is making it hit and miss for you.

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Alan McGregor
12:38 PM

We have freeview and have a Humax digital recorder connected to my TV in the living room. We also have a signal booster. Recently, we lost all digital signal through my analogue aerial and replaced it with a digital aerial fitted to my roof. I think !

Previous aerial/booster seemed to work well to send signal to other TVs in the house but now Ive lost the signals to all but the main TV. I've also read on here that signal boosters aren't required/don't work with Freeview ? Anyway, any suggestions ?

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Dave Lindsay
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12:53 PM

Alan McGregor: I have just replied to your identical posting on another page:

Are you using Freeview? | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Alan McGregor
4:53 PM

Thanks Dave - first time user - didn't know whether I'd posted in the correct place in the first instance.

You will see I have now answered your query and expanded my original question to provide greater clarity for you on what my problem is.

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jb38
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6:06 PM

William : That's an interesting test that you have carried out as in theory it should not work, the reason being that when the Sky link to the bedroom instantly fails when you touch the outer of the main aerials coax connector onto the sides of the "F" connectors whereby electrically bonding them together, this in effect is exactly the same as what you are doing in your test, as the outer of the Sky boxes RF2 socket is at the same potential as the outer on the Sky boxes aerial input socket, which of course is the same as the outers of the "F" connectors because the chassis electrically bonds them together, the only difference with what you are doing is that you are linking them through a splitter which will possibly electrically isolate the inners from each other.

Now that you have discovered this, I would like you to revert to your normal connections "but" though feed the normal aerial into the Sky box via the splitter and not directly into it, giving an update on results.

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William
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7:11 PM

This is unbelievable I have done what you said and when I take the main aerial into a splitter and straight into my box marked "aerial IN" it cuts my sky but still sends freeview/digital (only) to my bedroom via the RF2 into the return port even when I then unplug the main aerial from my sky box and leave it lying on the floor just with RF2 into my return port to my bedroom I am STILL seeing my freeview this is getting weirder

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William
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7:16 PM

Ok so now my bedroom Tv is gone as well now with just Rf2 it's as if it was still holding some sort of digital charge for 5 mins to give me freeview in my room I need to connect my main aerial back into my return port with my splitter and RF2 this is the only way I can get freeview and a fuzzy sky pic in my bedroom atm

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William
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7:21 PM

And I may also add that when I put the main aerial and a cable from RF2 into a splitter my sky signal cuts off it isn't until I plug them into the return port on my wall plate that the sky signal comes on and if it's not plugged in firmly my sky signal goes this is the weirdest thing I've came across in my life

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jb38
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8:50 PM

William : Well I am certainly inclined to agree with your statement of weird, as there is obviously something a bit oddball about the communal facilities you are using, and I am still a bit suspicious about the standard aerial facility you are provided with insomuch that there might be a defect in the system that is allowing voltage to come down the line, as this is something that can happen if someone else on the communal system is using a device that's defective in the electrical sense, as it passes along the cabling.

The problem you have is that the Sky box in effect links the coax braiding of the satellite feeds to that of the normal aerial and it appears that this is killing the Sky signal, which of course it shouldn't do!

Regarding the Freeview picture still being seen without the connection being made, this is something usually experienced in high signal areas, but your G51 area does not really come into this category as two of the more local relays (Glasgow West Central / Cathcart) are only low powered transmitters.

But though I have another test that I would like you to try, that is using a short piece of thin insulated wire bared at one end and pushed into the Sky boxes normal aerial socket, but with the other end of the wire (not bared) and carefully pushed into the end of the coax plug that would normally be inserted into the Sky boxes normal aerial socket, try to loop it around the centre pin inside the coax plug.

The idea being to try and pick up enough Freeview signal to allow the 2nd TV to show a Freeview picture but done without an electrical link existing between the communal aerial system and the Sky box, i.e: completely electrically isolated.

I would normally have requested you try and borrow a set top aerial as that would do exactly the same thing, but I doubt that a set top aerial would work in your locality.


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