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JEREMY BILLINGHAM

TV Aerials, Radio Aerials, Sky & Freesat
Supplied - Installed - Repaired

Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Pershore
Kidderminster & Stourport

28/09/16
There may be TV reception problems for people who have their TV Aerial pointing towards the Ridge Hill transmitter near Ledbury. This transmitter serves large parts of Worcestershire.

I've had several calls this morning from people complaining about poor TV reception last night (Tuesday 27th September) I also witnessed the breakup myself on my own TV.

There is a chance that this problem is going to be short lived as I suspect that it just could be related to the current High Atmospheric Pressure which is centred over Europe.

Although the barometer reading last night would suggest otherwise as normally UHF TV transmissions from Ledbury are only affected when the pressure is greater than 135 hPa, the pressure reading again this morning is steady at around 1023 hPa.
What ever the cause may be 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!

TV tuning and poor reception apart, there is at least one good thing about High Pressure in that if you are out and about you sometimes get to see great sunsets like the one in my image above, I took this photo while working on a roof last night in Shernal Green near Droitwich.