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rf poor reception

toptinker

Standard Member
hello, got poor tv reception. got rf cable coming down to the living room this then goes into a rf booster whichsplits the signal into 3 outputs. 1 to sky plus box, 1 to the dvd recorder, 1 to the tv. the sky signal output 2nd goes upstairs and plugs into a tv link box with 4 ouputs, 1 to a bedroom tv. 1 to a second tv , 1 to a dvd recorder this then goes to another tv. itv seams the poorist then ch 4, bbc 1 and 2 not as bad. do you think i should upgrade the rf cables of each connection gold ones etc ?
 
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Deleted member 30535

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What happens to the picture on the TV if you connect that directly to the outlet without any other equipment (amplifier included) attached?

What channel numbers are your TV channels on as well as your Sky RF output?
 

MarkTaylor

Well-known Member
Do you find the RF input to the TV downstairs produces a good picture or is it poor there as well?

Could you connect a TV temporarily to the point where the aerial goes into the RF booster and see what the quality is like there?

Not much point in replacing a lot of cables if the signal quality is poor at the start of the chain.

Once you know what you are dealing with you'll know the range of solutions, from a new aerial through to a better distribution amp or possibly just new cables but I wouldn't buy new cables till you've done a bit of testing.
 

toptinker

Standard Member
the signal is pretty bad if i dont use the signal booster but the first tv on is prob the worst, itv and bbc 1 the sky signal upstairs is ok not perfect but ok.what if the ariel outside has moved slightly, i fixed it up but was trial and error facing the broadcast tower which is in view. do i need some sort of fine tweeking like a signal strength metre
 

MarkTaylor

Well-known Member
Personally I'd be inclined to pay to have your aerial checked and aligned properly by a local specialist.

You may end up wasting a lot more money than they would charge just trying to fix a quality problem that starts on the roof.
 
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Deleted member 30535

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So, the aerial when plugged directly into your TV (not into the amplifier downstairs) produces a poor picture? If so, then the problem lay at your aerial end. When you say "but the first tv on is prob the worst", what do you mean by this?

As I asked previously, what channels are your TV programs received on and what channel number is your Sky transmitting on (via the RF or RF2 outlets)?
 

toptinker

Standard Member
what i mean by the first tv , is that this is the first tv in the so called circuit so really it should be the best picture of all. the rf cable goes from the outside ariel across the loft space and down the wall cavity into our living room onto a wall face plate, next to this i have the tv booster pluged in. (tv in living room only 2 foot away from this position.) thus should not need boosting. i will look at what channels they are on and let u know
 

toptinker

Standard Member
cheers i have checked th channels etc and see no problems. i do think the ariel needs tweeking, when used without the booster it is really poor the channels are bbc 1 = e52 bbc 2 = e45 itv = e49 ch4 = e42 i cant get ch5 at the moment, all on uhf ?
 

vex

Well-known Member
You could also try this

http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe?DX=L&HT=10&OS=Hp236AF

Type in your postcode and it will tell you the type of aerial you need, multiplexes you can receive and where you need to point the antenna.

I would also agree with the others in saying it sounds like a general reception problem rather than the distribution system you have.

V.
 
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cheers i have checked th channels etc and see no problems. i do think the ariel needs tweeking, when used without the booster it is really poor the channels are bbc 1 = e52 bbc 2 = e45 itv = e49 ch4 = e42 i cant get ch5 at the moment, all on uhf ?

So what channel number does the Sky box "transmit" on?
 

toptinker

Standard Member
the sky channel is 68 having looked into this i changed it to channel 22 further away from the bbc 1 channel. dont see any improvement not sure. i have noticed the rf flycables are all the cheapo versions from b and q etc, and are quite close to the power socket could this be the interfearance, might invest in some double screened ones as well as look at the ariel .
 

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