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    Anaolgue TV switchoff

    Have they already started playing around with Freeview? I've noticed the signal strength has gone down on some channels and it looks like I'm going to have to put a decent aerial up for the bedroom tv.

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    Without some sort of clue as to which part of the country you're in it's impossible to say!

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    The switchoff would mean freeview gets stronger if anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I've noticed the signal strength has gone down on some channels and it looks like I'm going to have to put a decent aerial up for the bedroom tv.
    Have you retuned?

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    Switchoff has already happened here - freeview signal has gone up noticably and a couple of troublesome channels are no longer problems (Channel 4 most noteably!)
    Northants area on the Sandy Heath transmitter.I'd already fitted a decent loft aerial to get ready even though it's just for our bedroom telly. Aerial was only 20 quid and it's easy to find coax cable from networking companies dying to get rid of it

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    I'm on the Bromsgrove transmitter. I was told that, whilst many channels would have an increased signal strength, some would go down and also be moved to a different part of the spectrum. I guess a wideband aerial might be good start. I have retuned.

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    Shouldn't be anything going on now, your area is marked for transition on the 20th, when your freeview transmitter will be changed from 33W to 400W transmission power.

    Bromsgrove digital switchover date | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

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    If you're on the Bromsgrove tx they're making some changes tomorrow - analogue BBC2 goes and the post DSO BBCA mux comes up, and then on the 20th you should find the signals are at their final full power as analogue is fully switched off.

    Looks like Bromsgrove is one of the few areas where you will get a benefit from a Wideband aerial.

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    we're having similar problems, DigitalUK say we have to put up with it until the switchover, most of the channels we have issues with are near the top of the band shared with analogue (or something like that) and subsequently not enough juice is pumped to them. I wouldn't go around upgrading anything until after the switchover.

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    Yeah the UHF system was planned for four channels (at the time that was quite well futureproofed, C4 was only a vague plan back then). Channel 5 and the six digital multiplexes have been shoehorned in, and in some places there are compromises. And don't get me started on the "half a freeview" postcode lottery!

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    I live near the south coast and don't get free-view although live in a populated area. I was looking forward to the switch so I could get it but have been told the signal will get turned down even more so it doesn't interfere with French signals.

    Its a similar problem with mobile phones. I can stand on UK soil but get a French phone connection but not a uk one, although never get charged roaming so someone must be aware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Shouldn't be anything going on now, your area is marked for transition on the 20th, when your freeview transmitter will be changed from 33W to 400W transmission power.

    Bromsgrove digital switchover date | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice
    That's quite a jump in power.

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    Don't rush out to get a Wideband aerial. Check first what you are going to need. By only tuning to the correct band, you may avoid interference from neighbouring transmitters. Comment aimed at readers other than just the OP.

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    I think I'll get Freesat

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I think I'll get Freesat
    thats my next plan (i have a dish just not the box - used to have all sorts of problems with our tv before the switch over but since it happened its all worked fine.

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