I've received numerous calls over the last couple of days from people experiencing problems with TV reception. If you don't normally suffer with reception problems (Picture break-up and/or missing channels) and the problems have started within the last couple of days, it is more than likely that the current weather situation is to blame.
As of Thursday 15th of November 2012 the UK is under the influence of a large anticyclone or high pressure system which is centered over Central Europe.
When this happens reception from some transmitters can be adversely affected.
Most homes that have TV Aerials pointing towards the Ledbury/Ridge Hill transmitter and are located in areas surrounding Droitwich, Redditch, Bromsgrove and the north west part of Worcester are on or close to the outer limits of the designed transmitting/reception range of this transmitter.
Although the distance from this transmitter is not normally a problem for most of us most of the time, on the odd occasion, once or twice a year or so when the right weather conditions prevail and possibly due to interference from other transmitters poor reception can be experienced.
I remember many years ago the BBC weather man would sometimes make an announcement during the weather forecast, telling us not to adjust our sets, indicating that it was the weather that was responsible for the poor reception.
Although I've not heard these announcements for a long time and despite the fact that we are now fully Digital it seems that the weather can still affect TV reception in a similar way to how it did when TV first occupied the corner of our living rooms.
So the same old rule still applies....
"DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SETS"
My recommendation is simply to do nothing and wait for the weather to change.
But if the thought of having to miss another episode of Coronation Street or Eastenders is too much to bare and you want to reduce the risk of this happening in the future then please give me a call as there is sometimes a relatively cheap and inexpensive solution to the problem.