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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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Julian
10:42 PM

I live in North Swindon, I am trying to realign an old aerial to the Mendip transmitter by copying the direction of nearby aerials. The channels I am receiving are mainly 41 and 47 Wenvoe ? My research indicates this should be 49, 48, 52 etc. Both my neighbours have aerial amplifiers i read this should not be necessary for freeview?

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MikeB
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11:32 PM

Julian: Try putting your postcode into the site - when you do that you'll have loads of links with various bits of info, including the Digital UK's website. That will tell you (hopefully, judging by my earlier use of it, judging by Dave Lindsays's comment) what the best transmitter is, its bearing, etc. There will also be a link to allow you to look at terrain, etc.

Your generally right that amps are much less needed than before, and can often give you a poor signal, because of too high signal strength - but it depends on the circumstances.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Dave Lindsay
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4:25 AM

Julian: A more accurate location (full postcode) may allow a more accurate response.

However, I would suggest that 41 and 47 are PSB1 and PSB2 from Seagry Court. Judging by the Wenvoe map on this site it looks like it doesn't reach as far as Swindon.

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Briantist
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8:50 AM

michael: They are there to help with "how suitable the language used is for general readership.".

See 12th birthday: six improvements to UK Free TV | About UK Free TV | ukfree.tv - 12 years of independent, free digital TV advice has details.

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MikeP
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8:46 PM

Mark

The input that has the 'good' signal shows the box is working with that input. If that is swapped to the other input and the 'good' signal transfers with it, then that shows both inputs of the box are working correctly but that one of the feeds is faulty, the one that is giving no signals. That can be caused by faulty cable, faulty plugs, faulty LNB, etc.

If the LNB has 'spare' outputs that are not currently used, try swapping both cables to 'new' outputs on the LNB - but only try that if you can safely access the LNB on the front of your dish. Be careful not to move the dish or the LNB, the angles and settings are critical.

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michael
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8:55 PM

Pray permit me to iterate gratitude for the explanatory discursive. I shall henceforth endeavour to approximate to Key Stage 2 linguistic attainment. Tongue-in-cheek, I anticipate expectantly the colours this missive will engender :-)


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michael
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8:56 PM

Whopee!

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MikeP
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9:01 PM

Julian

Having lived in Swindon, I am aware that many use Mendip but also that some use Oxford as the main supplier. Seagry Court is a lower power service mounted on the roof of the block of flats not far off Cricklade Road and is intended to 'fill in' areas that are 'hidden by the bump with Blunsden on it . The houses in the 'Northern Development' mainly off Thamesdown Drive may use Mendip for that reason too. Others, such as those around Stratton and Kingsdown (by the Arkell's brewery), may well use Oxford because of the effect of the hill with Old Town on it.

As MikeB and Dave Lindsay suggest, I'd urge you to put your postcode (or that of a nearby shop) into this site and then look at the details given in the panels alongside your posting - as Michael above has done on the posting asking about the bars below each posting.

That will show which is the best transmitter for your location.

You will *not* be getting any signals from Wenvoe as that is far too far away, on the hills the other side of Cardiff and beyond Barry!

Aerial amplifiers are not normally needed unless you are in a very poor reception area and many who have been incorrectly encouraged to fit them often find they have serious reception problems by having too much signal - and they amplify the noise/interference as well as the wanted signals.

Hope all that helps? Let us know how you get on.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014
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Steve P
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11:40 PM

Yet wort Brine?

Yer acshell bars unner t'pos is if common folk will mek it owt?

As they appear after posting and are unexplained I think they are as inutile as a chocolate samovar.

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Steve P's 1,172 posts GB
Friday, 18 July 2014
Briantist
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7:51 AM

Steve P: The code that generates them is on the server, hence they appear after a post. I could do something with AJAX if you though they would be useful during message composition?

I find them quite fascinating.

I should be pleased that most who post here seem to be "highly educated".

I would also like to be able to use Transactional analysis too, but I can't find a suitable library.

[1] Transactional analysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia





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