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JEREMY BILLINGHAM

Television & Radio Reception Specialist

TV Aerials, Radio Aerials, Sky & Freesat

Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster +

31/10/19
There is currently an ongoing fault affecting the reception of the majority of BBC channels being transmitted via the Bromsgrove transmitter.

Not everyone is affected but those who have amplifiers / boosters connected to their TV Aerial are more likely to suffer with intermittent or no reception of the BBC channels.

For those who have a HD TV, don't forget BBC 1 and BBC 2 can be viewed on channels 101 and 102 respectively, the HD channels are not affected.

At this time there is no indication as to the cause or indeed how long it may last but as soon as the problem is resolved I will post the news here.

In the meantime - DO NOT RE-TUNE YOUR TV

Retuning a TV when all or some channels are suddenly lost or go missing is totally counterproductive and will cause more harm than good, regardless as to how long they have been missing for.

For further advice, you can call me on my usual mobile number - 07850 969 307


UPDATE - As of Saturday November the 2nd, the BBC channels transmitted from the Bromsgrove transmitter seem to be running normally so if you did re-tune your TV in an attempt to regain the lost channels, you will now need to retune your TV one more time.
08/10/19
The following is taken from my
Cowboys and Bodgers gallery.
Location - Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich

Complaint - Poor pictures and sometimes total loss of channels, especially during or after rainfall.

Fault - Although I see this fault quite often, what's unusual with this one is the fact that this gentleman (new customer to me) had previously called out another TV Aerial man when he'd experienced the exact same problem some time ago.

I was able to see from the invoice / receipt that was left behind by the previous engineer / cowboy, he had identified the fault correctly as being water ingression into the Aerials dipole housing but then instead of turning the Aerial the correct way up with the drainage hole underneath he returned the Aerial, after emptying it of water, back to the position he had just found it, allowing any future rainfall to continue to enter via the drainage hole pointing skyward.

Remedy - Unfortunately the simple printed circuit board inside the dipole, having been continually submerged in water was now no longer salvageable and so the Aerial had to be replaced.
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The photo below is unconnected with my news item above with the exception that they both share exactly the same fault. It also illustrates just how common this problem is, as both photos were taken last week and just 3 days apart.

This time the location was in Worcester and although this Hospital Doctor inherited the Aerial when he moved into the house 2 years ago there were similarities which indicate the same rouge, cowboy Aerial installer was probably responsible for this poor installation too.