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# 32479 17-Apr-2009 15:16
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Hey All,

Is anyone else here from Whangarei or Northland? I live in Whakapara and tried to tune into Prime but couldnt get it.  I got TV3 (bad) and a very very bad signal of TV2.  Im using a UHF antenna I used to use in Tikipunga to get prime, so I know it should be ok for the signal.

I pointed it to Mt Parahaki (East from where I am)

I used an amplifier but it didnt make much difference.

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  # 207627 17-Apr-2009 15:59
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We live at the other end of Old Russell Road, about 50km from you.  So far as Analogue VHF/UHF television reception is concerned, TV1/3 are of reasonable quality from Mt. Hikurangi (to the west of you) but TV2 is very weak.  Prime's UHF signal is completely non-existent in this area.

We have Sky Digital so of course there is no problem in watching Prime for us.

But realistically, without Sky Digital, you will not get Prime in much of Northland at all, unless you are within range of Mt. Parahaki as you say, or possibly Mt. Horokaka to the South of Whangarei, which will not be of any use where you are in Whakapara.

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  # 207650 17-Apr-2009 17:47
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Thanks for that info, saves me time trying different antennas and directions.  You tried finding Channel North? I thought that might have popped up too seeing as its 'North'.


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  # 207666 17-Apr-2009 18:52
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hamisht: You tried finding Channel North? I thought that might have popped up too seeing as its 'North'.

After looking at their website, I see that they broadcast on UHF Channel 40.  The quality of UHF Analogue broadcasts in this area are poor because we are around 40km from the transmitter, and there are various ranges of hills in the way.

Sky Digital has more than enough channel selection for us, and pretty much everything is in 16:9 widescreen these days, so I never bother to switch over to the old 4:3 analogue broadcasts anymore.

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