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All posts by Richard Cooper

Below are all of Richard Cooper's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.

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Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter
Tuesday 11 October 2016 8:28PM

Mr Peirce: Good evening, Mr Peirce. I apologise for not spotting your comments made on this site more than a week ago. You were correct to imply that your sister-in-law in Hordle, Lymington, would also be using the Rowridge transmitter as you do. If more than one viewer experiences problems with the same transmitter, then one of the affected viewers needs to report the problem. It may be reported to the company broadcasting the affected channel - i.e. the programme company or 'broadcaster', the BBC ( who have a department called 'The Radio & TV Investigation Service' (RTIS) or to the transmission company, Arqiva. Simple searches using a search engine online will give you contact details of any or all of these organisations, to whom a report of a transmitter fault can be made. Richard in Norwich.

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https://ukfree.tv/radio/prediction/
Tuesday 11 October 2016 8:43PM

FAO: Briantist. Thanks for fixing the lack of analogue fault on 'My Radio Reception', however, the FM stations available from Stoke Holy Cross are not listed for me. These stations are 95.1 MHz: BBC Norfolk, 99.9 Radio Norwich, 102.4 Heart (FM East Anglia, Norfolk & N Suffolk transmitter)) and106.1 Kiss (Norwich FM filler). Furthermore, Future Radio, the Independent Community Radio Station for Norwich, is also transmitted on FM as well as DAB from Markham Tower on the Mile Cross Council Estate. Perhaps you could add these data to your My Radio Reception pages for people whose locations are Norwich, East Norfolk & North Suffolk when you get a few more of those 'scarce but valuable free moments'? Thanks, Brian! Richard in Norwich.

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MikeB: Hi, MikeB. It is incorrect to state'nobody uses VHS anymore'. My father does, at the age of 90, although he is finding it increasingly difficult to source blank VHS tape cassettes! Richard in Norwich.

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Feedback | Feedback
Tuesday 11 October 2016 8:51PM

Nick Anderson: Hi, Nick. I must say, I tend to agree with your sentiments regarding the relative obsolescence of 'original flavour' DAB receivers which do not have a DAB+ feature. From my experience, one of the offenders is 'Currys/PCWorld', from whom I would have expected better!. Even cheap Goodmans DAB radios, which can be purchased online, have DAB+. Richard in Norwich.

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Sky News
Tuesday 11 October 2016 9:07PM

Glo: Hi, Glo. Sky News is on the multiplex called COM5. To receive COM5, we need to know which transmitter you are using so that we can tell you which UHF tv channel number you need to MANUALLY tune into to add Sky News to your EPG. If you don't know the name of your transmitter, then give us the first part of your postcode or the complete postcode of a very close by shop garage or similar location. once we've worked out your transmitter , we can give you the UHF channel number you need. Richard in Norwich.

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Map of all DAB transmitters
Thursday 13 October 2016 3:21PM

StevensOnln1: Well, if your friend has one in his loft where it has been since the late 1950s, there won't have been much corrosion at all, because it hasn't been exposed to the elements like those mounted on roofs or chimneys will have done. That having been said, if you only need a Band III folded dipole and don't require directivity or extra gain, then A.TV Aerials will supply you with a new one, including a pole clamp , bolts and nuts for a mere ?16, which I thought was a pretty good deal, when I wanted to receive the out of area Suffolk local DAB mux reliably in Norwich, Norfolk at a location shaded pink (50-70%) on the Suffolk coverage map! Richard in Norwich.

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Welcome to the UK Free TV Rigger's Zone
Thursday 13 October 2016 3:27PM

Ian from Pinxton: I notice that BBC's Watchdog doesn't have a single kind word to say about Aerialforce UK! Richard, Norwich.

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VIVA
Wednesday 19 October 2016 9:37AM

Lee: Hi, Lee. I'm assuming that you do realise, that since the end of July this year, VIVA has only been available to viewers who use an HD receiver - either an HD set-top box connected by HDMI cable to an HD-ready tv, or a full HD tv set which has a built-in Freeview HD tuner and decoder! Richard in Norwich.

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Details of BBC_Leicester DAB radio station
Sunday 23 October 2016 5:59PM

Tony Curley: Hi, Tony. It is generally possible to receive more distant transmitters on DAB and the process is called 'dxing', where 'dx' means 'distant'. To engage in this process properly, however, you need to use an aerial designed for DAB wavelengths, which an FM aerial certainly IS NOT. If you really want to 'dx on 'DAB', then you must install a loft or 'on the roof' DAB aerial. A folded dipole will pull in a slightly out of area transmitter, whereas a three, five or eight element aerial would be needed to pull in from more distant transmitters. From my personal experience, a good DAB aerial supplier is A.TV Aerials of Sheffield. The owner Justin will advise you further and will supply everything you need, including quality cable, clamps and so on. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

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Chris: How high is your DAT45 mounted? Obviously the higher the better. Com 7 & Com 8 will no longer exist after DSO2, sometime between 2017 and 2020. If I were you, I'd put the DAT45 on a taller mast pole and ensure my masthead amplifier had at least 26 decibels gain. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

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