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JEREMY BILLINGHAM

Television & Radio Reception Specialist

TV Aerials, Radio Aerials, Sky & Freesat

Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Pershore +

08/10/19
The following is copied 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 same problem some time ago.

I was able to see from the invoice / receipt that was left behind that the previous engineer / cowboy 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.



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 responsible for this poor installation too.