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Emma :

As you haven't given a full postcode it's not possible to confirm which transmitter(s) you may be predicted to receive. However, if it is indeed Norwich Central or Tacolneston, neither transmitter appears to have any reported faults.

Have you altered anything in your setup?
I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old).
Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. will affect reception.

Also if you retune when you have no signal, it often just clears the correct tuning so you'll need to retune again
once you have signal.

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Tuesday 7 December 2021 7:29AM

Michael Walton:

As you can imagine, recent weather conditions have done lot of damage to various things, however there don't seem to be any reported faults for Hannington. There was Planned Engineering but as far as we know that work was completed. Have your signals returned? Check in your TV's tuning section that they appear to be normal strength and 100% quality.

I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old).
Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. will affect reception.

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Steve Fisher :

According to the reception predictors you should get good reception with an indoor aerial for the national DAB multiplexes and fair reception of a local multiplex.
You should get good FM reception from the Rowridge transmitter (on the I-o-W).

What type are the aerial sockets on your Bose system, what does the manual say they are?
Or exactly which Bose model is it?
You certainly shouldn't need expensive amplified aerials (many of which are available) .... unless you live in a basement?

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Tuesday 7 December 2021 5:09PM

Anthony Rogan:

If there is transmitter work going on, or possibly if the feed to the transmitter has been disrupted by the weather, or if your aerial system has developed a fault, then NO different box or TV set is going to make any difference.
(I assume you haven't changed your TV set since the loss?).

Have you check the signal strength and quality in your TV tuning section for the other multiplexes (and you are tuned to the correct ones)?
Have you tried a manual retune for UHF channel 48?

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Tuesday 7 December 2021 5:14PM

Anthony Rogan:

I have replied https://ukfree.tv/extras/inreplyto/1030127 as well as a previous post on the same page
https://ukfree.tv/extras/inreplyto/1029787

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Pam Williamson:

As you say, there doesn't appear to be any reported faults or engineering work having just checked. However with all the disruption that's taken place with the sever weather, reports seem to be sometimes delayed!

Have you altered anything in your setup?

In the meantime, if your reception hasn't returned, I would check that your aerial hasn't been disturbed and pointing in the correct direction with its rtods (or squashed Xs) vertical, and that your downlead looks undamaged (hasn't been chewed by vermin etc.).

Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for any multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. will affect reception.

Also if you had retuned when you had no signal, it often just clears the correct tuning so you'll need to retune again once you have signal.

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Mags:

Well, this would depend on how much of a DIY dab hand you may be.
Your current "small aerial" - are we talking about one that's in the room, maybe on top of the set or nearby? (Or is it a small aerial that is already in the loft - I'm guessing by the set).
Where is the loft in relation to the TV, are you in a bungalow or house with two floors?
In any event we really need a full postcode (or one for a very nearby shop/pub etc) to see what your predicted reception should be to be able to judge the practicalities.

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Tuesday 7 December 2021 6:52PM

Anthony Rogan:

Hmm. Do you get channels like Sky Arts (LCN 11, Quest LCN 12). I had made the assumption that if your aerial is pointing NNW then your signals come from Divis. But the NI mux is very very low power from there. Considering your location, it's also transmitted from the Black Mountain transmitter at a higher power, and could well be within the beamwidth of your aerial.

So a bit of a punt, try a manual tune on UHF Channel 33 instead of 48.

There maybe an option in your TV tuning section called Signal Strength, otherwise if you refer to my previous post with all the channels listed https://ukfree.tv/extras/inreplyto/1029787 , then select each channel in turn, it will hopefully show signal strength and quality (or BER - Bit error rate).

HTH. Ask away if you need further help.

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Mags:

Whilst I have recommended Justin's organisation to others on a number of occasions, what is important here is how good a signal you are predicted to get (that's why we need the postcode).

One assumes that you currently get quite a good signal if you are already using a set-top aerial (not sure why David thinks you are using an outside aerial in your living room!) and I wouldn't be thinking of just recommending another set-top aerial if you occasionally have problems with some channels.

Whilst Justin provides very high quality products (carriage to pay on top) if you get a very good signal, for a loft install you probably wouldn't need anything as elaborate and such high quality as Justin provides, after all in a loft install we don't have crows, magpies and pigeons sitting on it to bend elements etc.
What is particularly important is using high quality coax cable from the aerial to set.

There are plenty of aerials that will comfortably fit in a loft if your signals are good enough.
Which channels is it you occasionally have problems with?

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