New to Freeview - BBC channels!?

pbb76

Distinguished Member
Hi all,

After my SkyHD started playing up, the missus was complaining about missing Britains Got Talent! So we brought an indoor aerial that had a built in booster.

I connected it to the TV (LG HDTV with Freeview built in) and after the scan, it found a lot of channels and they all seem to work well with no breakups etc (signal strength around 85-90%).

But I noticed that BBC1 and BBC2 were missing (as well as a few other channels). Is that normal? I'd assume the BBC channels would be the staple ones you could get - especially above things like BidUpTV!!!! :eek:

Secondly, the aerial I've got - as I say, it's got a built in booster with a twisty knob to adjust the power (0-100). Anyone know the best way to use these - as to me, it would make sense to just leave the power at 100 surely? Or could that cause problems by boosting a bad signal and should I try different settings????

Thanks!
 

fernandez

Novice Member

pbb76

Distinguished Member
Not entirely sure how to read those results - or what you need, but for the Aerial, it says "Hi-Gain".

Do the figures it shows for 'BBC' provide anything useful? Could I manually tune to those settings per channel? (excuse my ignorance again, this is my first experience with Freeview!).

Thanks for your help!
 

pbb76

Distinguished Member
I should say the aerial is a "SLXA" with gain boost - apparantly is a 'favourite of AVF' according to another forum I'm on! :confused::rotfl:
 

fernandez

Novice Member
Not entirely sure how to read those results - or what you need, but for the Aerial, it says "Hi-Gain".
The result given on Wolfbane are based on an aerial mounted outdoors at a height of 10M free from immediate obstructions - something you're not going to achieve with a set-top aerial
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place or using the incorrect search term but I can find no reference to an SLXA aerial on this forum. I assume this is the item
http://***********/5fcuoe.
What is your postcode (or at least the first part of it)?
 

pbb76

Distinguished Member
The result given on Wolfbane are based on an aerial mounted outdoors at a height of 10M free from immediate obstructions - something you're not going to achieve with a set-top aerial
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place or using the incorrect search term but I can find no reference to an SLXA aerial on this forum. I assume this is the item
http://***********/5fcuoe.
What is your postcode (or at least the first part of it)?
Yea, I changed the mounted height to 0m :D - got same result.

That is the same aerial - I'm going to have a play now as its hissing down with rain and SkyHD is sitting in the corner crying like a big baby...
 

pbb76

Distinguished Member
Cool, thanks for that - that does sound like the problem. (i.e. Mux1 missing).

Is there anyway around this using the aerial I have (and yes, its the one you linked too)?

Or is it all governed by signal strength etc?

Also, the gain control - am I right to just turn it to full power, or should I try to change that?

Thanks again! :thumbsup:

What channels are you missing - it sounds like Mux 1 is the problem....

http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/freeviewchannels.html

If this is the aerial then that is most likely your problem.

Have a look here for some more help

http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/reception.html#wolfbane
 

scumball

Distinguished Member
Is there anyway around this using the aerial I have (and yes, its the one you linked too)?
It doesn't look like it
Or is it all governed by signal strength etc?
Yep pretty much and direction of aerial
Also, the gain control - am I right to just turn it to full power, or should I try to change that?

Thanks again! :thumbsup:
You could try changing it, it can't hurt but I think you will need an external aerial...
 

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