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Saturday 29 January 2011 3:33AM

Advice please. I live in a large block of flats in a Freeview shadow. With switchover impending the site freeholder installed a communal satellite dish for "sky". I recently bought a Grundig Freesat SD box after reading in the freesat faq that I could receive the main terrestrial channels including Channel 4 and Film 4. Indeed the Program Guide includes these channels, but on selecting them I get "no signal", although sometimes there is an intial snippet of sound, and once, late at night I got some jerky still frames on channel 4. I have tried adding the channels as non-freesat channels to no avail as there seems to be no signal from the signal strength bar, although the set up signal strength is around 65%, and manually adding other channels shows nearly 100% strength. The site freeholder is generally hard to get hold of, and I have no access to or control of the satellite dish or LNBs. I am confused as to whether my box is faulty, obsolete (though I bought it from Curry's this Xmas), or whether there is anything I can actually do to receive Channel 4 and Film 4. (I can get channel 4+1). The Box is a Grundig GUFSATO2SD. The problematic channels seem to all be at Astra 2D 28.2 E 10714 H 22000 5/6, although I am only guessing that this is where Freesat is looking. I have tried switching off my wireless telephone and wireless broadband router but it makes no difference. I have tried using both LNB wall points and changing the drop cable. A possible irrelevence: there seems to be a closeby transmitter of some kind which broadcast a short burst of beeps at quarter hourly intervals which cut across FM radio - particularly radio 4 - and are also audible in DAB radio to a much lesser degree. Is it possible this or something else, e.g. a taxi company transmitter, say, is knocking out just this particular group of channels. I seem to be able to get everything except Channel 4 and Film 4.
Can I amplify the signal between the wall socket and the set top box?

Unfortunately freeview is not an option in this part of Cheltenham, and I don't really want to have to buy a second hand sky box and pay Murdoch £30 for a card everytime BSkyB decides to change their encryption.

Why is channel 4 different to other channels?

Thanks for any pointers.

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