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JEREMY BILLINGHAM

Television Reception Specialist

Freeview - Freesat - SKY - DAB & FM​​ Radio


Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Pershore
Kidderminster & Stourport

29/11/16
As of today (Tuesday 29th November 2016) and for the foreseeable future there is a strong likelihood that TV reception problems may be experienced by some people who have their TV Aerial pointed towards the Ridge Hill transmitter near Ledbury. This transmitter serves large parts of Worcestershire and is occasionally susceptible to interference from other TV transmitters when certain weather conditions prevail.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2635167

Looking at the current weather / atmospheric pressure readings today (Click on BBC link above) would suggest that this interference is caused by the current High Atmospheric Pressure which is centred over Europe. Also, current weather forecasts and predictions indicate that this High Pressure could last until this coming Sunday, at least.

While this current spell of cold but settled weather persists there is one very important thing to remember, if, at at any time, now or in the future you ever experience pixelation / breakup or a sudden loss of TV channels.....



DO NOT RE-TUNE YOUR TV



Many people now know how to access the "Auto re-tune" in their TVs setup menu, unfortunately I'm often finding that customers use this new found knowledge as a "cure all" for any problems that may arise with their TV, whether that be reception related or otherwise.

Re-tuning a TV during periods of poor reception or loss of picture will usually only delete the TVs memory of frequencies / channels which were originally saved from the transmitter that your TV Aerial is pointing at, creating a bigger problem, often meaning you will be without TV pictures for much, much longer than people who didn't re-tune their TV.

With the exception of an on screen message suggesting a re-tune is necessary (For an example see my news item below, dated 22 August) or advise from someone like myself or TV retail shop etc, a willy-nilly re-tune of a TV in the hope that it will restore the channels should be avoided and is almost always counter productive.

The on-screen message "Weak or no signal" which sometimes appears on a TV screen while experiencing poor reception is NOT an invitation to re-tune the TV!
06/11/16
The following is taken from my Cowboys and Bodgers Gallery, although this is an extreme example it is a reminder that when it comes to setting up a TV Aerial system once TV coax cables are in place it's best left to professional, local TV Aerial Installers. I visited this customer during the first week of November 2016, the house re-wire including 6 new TV coax's was completed during the summer by a large, local firm of electricians.

Location - Catshill Bromsgrove

Complaint - Having had the house totally rewired and moving back in after extensive renovation work my customer found that none of the 6 TV points provided TV pictures despite the fact that the electricians remit was to connect all new coax cables to the existing TV Aerial.

Fault - As can be seen in my image above, this was how the electricians connected the newly run TV coax's. They even tried to hide their abomination by placing it under the lofts chipboard flooring.

(To see what was revealed once I cut away the blue electrical insulation tape click on my image above)

What makes this even worse......if that's possible! the coax coming into the loft from the outside TV Aerial was some fifteen feet away, coiled up under the lofts fibreglass insulation, so there was no signal getting into this awful system. In short, there was not the slightest chance that any of the TV's would ever display a TV picture.

Remedy - By a stroke of luck this property is barely a mile from the Bromsgrove TV transmitter located at Worms Ash, as the existing high gain TV Aerial had a clear view of that transmitter a six way passive splitter was installed without the need for any amplification, once the TV Aerials coax cable was connected to the splitters input the reception problem was solved.