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Chocbunny

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#11810 13-Feb-2007 07:58
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Hi,

My neighbour recently got sky installed, and ever since the channels in my flat (free-to-air only) have gone downhill. The only clear channels we have now are 2 and 3. We had perfectly clear reception before the installation of the sky dish so i can't think of what else it could be. We rang the guy who installed the dish and he didn't think that it was his problem. We don't want to have to pay to get sky just so we can get the reception we enjoyed for free before.....

Is it the satellite that is interferring with our aerial? If so, is there anything we can do - bar getting Sky installed?

Thanks!

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  #60615 13-Feb-2007 08:04
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What sort of aerial do you have?

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  #60620 13-Feb-2007 08:36
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We are inbetween two rather tall buildings (we are in an industrial zone). I am not sure if there is an aerial on top of our building, we might just be sharing with another buildings, or I could just be unobservant. Whatever the aerial was, we used to get Channels 1-C4 pretty much perfectly clear, and prime a little fuzzy, so i'm guessing its a standard type aerial.

When we rang the guy who installed the neighbours satellite dish, he seemed to know that it was channels 1, C4 and Prime that would be stuffed up (something about being on the same frequency).


 
 
 
 


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  #60623 13-Feb-2007 08:42
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If ya hang out for a bit you could go freeview digital. It would cost 2 or 3 hundred to setup but then it would be free going forward. I think it is going live sometime in April, 1 and 2 are already up.







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  #60625 13-Feb-2007 09:22
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Without actually going to inspect your exact situation we can only speculate, however I have never seen a DVB-S LNB (the active electronics at the end of the arm of the dish) cause interference. The frequencies that the LNB operates at are so far away from terrestial TV, and the signal levels so low that unless the LNB had some explicit fault I would be very surprised if that was an issue. Further to that Sky have installed some 600,000 of these dishs (let alone several millions installed worldwide) with no common reporting of interference from the LNB, and many folk have the dish installed very close to there existing antenna.

If the interference is occuring due to the physical existance of the 65cm dish then unless he has actually placed the dish on your antenna then I would suggest that it either has nothing to do with it (ie pure conicedince) or your signal was so dodgy to start with that your antenna either needs replacing, resiting or both.

Bit odd that you accuse the installer from upsetting your reception but you have no idea whats on the roof. For all you know it may be a rusted old incorrect band antenna with the lead not connected to anything waiting for anything from a bird sh!t to a sky dish to come along and break the camels back.

As nety said, if you have a dodgy signal then investigate moving into the digital age and using FreeView sat service.

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  #60665 13-Feb-2007 13:42
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I guess IF Chocbunny and his neighbour are sharing the antenna cable to the roof it is possible the couplers installed to multiplex the satellite freqs in with the FTA freqs could be causing some extra loss, which might effect the picture. Best way to check is to find your antenna and trace the cable back down to your telly - and see what (if anything) has changed.

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  #60666 13-Feb-2007 13:45
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Chocbunny:

We are inbetween two rather tall buildings (we are in an industrial zone). I am not sure if there is an aerial on top of our building, we might just be sharing with another buildings, or I could just be unobservant. Whatever the aerial was, we used to get Channels 1-C4 pretty much perfectly clear, and prime a little fuzzy, so i'm guessing its a standard type aerial.

When we rang the guy who installed the neighbours satellite dish, he seemed to know that it was channels 1, C4 and Prime that would be stuffed up (something about being on the same frequency).



Have an antenna installer connect a field strength meter to the RF output in your apartment. They will then be able to determine if there is actually an antenna connected to the other end of the cable and go from there. It is more likely that the antenna/cabling has been damaged by weather, a mastehead amplifier has lost power, or the antenna has been disconnected than the Sky install being responsible.




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  #60677 13-Feb-2007 14:34
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My guess would be a masthead or distribution amplifier that has being removed due to the other household not needing it anymore.

Before you go blaming them, perhaps establish who owns the antenna and if its not you, get your own one sorted out? 




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