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Can anyone explain why during the last week there have been many issues affecting reception of BBC1/2 (and occasionally other channels). Complete loss of signal!
On both TV(internal) and Digibox(external) setups.
I am in the Margate area (using Freesat thankfully) but many of the elderly tenants in this community are now using the governement provided digibox on their TV.

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Thursday 16 August 2012 3:42PM
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The terrestrial Freeview service could be being affected by co-channel interference. See the inversion effect. This does not affect satellite services. (Dave Lindsay)

Yes Dave this is true (pre/post Digital) as they stupidly placed a "light" transmitter on a tall building the other side of town.
Assuming (logically) that signals cannot pass through thousands of feet of earth, the must have placed the transmitter to point into space.
I say this as residents of Margate on the opposite side of (and lower than) Northdown Road , which is higher than the transmitter) obviously would not be able to receive signals improved or not by digital services.
As this issue has been raised for many years even in Parliment (Laura Sandys), both the governement and Freeview(BBC/ITV) have ignored it. Cost I assume ??
What does amaze me, is the vast number of residents this side of Northdown road who qualified for the free Digibox. Which in turn has managed to reduce their reception compared to prior to Digital.
But as Ed Vazey says "it's not our god given right to receive TV signals", just our FORCED Taxation to pay for the BBC Licence.
I am assuming that British Broadcasting means all of Britain and not selective!

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Friday 24 August 2012 1:46PM
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Dave Lindsay
Friday 27 July 2012 1:15PM
John McConnell: The terrestrial Freeview service could be being affected by co-channel interference. See the inversion effect. This does not affect satellite services.

As we seem to have discovered Dave, they had the bright idea of setting up a "light" transmitter on Millmead, which although several stories high as lower than ALL of Margate to the N/Ne of it. In fact the building is placed in a vale, so as you pointed out would serve Tivoli OK.
YET! Prior to digital transmissions, analogue TV for mainly BBC channels was better with almost no loss.
I guess you could say the increased power output now from Dover makes NO difference to Millmead, similar to using explovies with 2 sides uncovered, the blast goes nowhere near intended.
Unless they can figure out a way to bend signals I would say the people on my side of Margate are being unfairly taxed to pay for something they cannot receive. If the commercials channels did this, it would be called fraud.
I have raised this with Laura Sandys, and have received complaints forms to pass out to those I know are affected (mainly elderly pensioners), to provide her with sufficient information to raise in the House (again).

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