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# 40157 26-Aug-2009 12:30
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Hi Guys and Girls...

I'm in Christchurch, and I use rabbit ears on the TV in my room. I get all the channels, eg Prime, Maori, Shine, CTV, all the scrambled UHF SKY channels as well, with reasonably good reception. If I were to purchase a Freeview HD receiver, would I be able to receive the HD signal? On their website it states "As a guideline, if you have good reception of UHF free-to-air channels e.g. Trackside, Maori TV, and live in a coverage area you are likely to get good Freeview|HDTM  reception."

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  # 250652 26-Aug-2009 13:04
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aschteev: I get all the channels, eg Prime, Maori, Shine, CTV, all the scrambled UHF SKY channels as well, with reasonably good reception. If I were to purchase a Freeview HD receiver, would I be able to receive the HD signal?


Probably. Though from a glance at a map (South Island Transmitter Stations) I see that there are a few transmitters around Christchurch, and only one of those transmits the Freeview|HD service - you need to know that you are currently getting a good signal from that transmitter rather than any other.

If you get a good signal for Maori TV on channel 46(H) and Prime on channel 62(H), then you can be reasonably certain of getting a decent Freeview|HD signal. If currently get Maori and Prime on different channel numbers then that doesn't give you any clues about your ability to get Freeview|HD.

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  # 250673 26-Aug-2009 14:09
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I had "average" (not quite "good") UHF reception in Hawkes Bay, with a chimney mounted UHF aerial.

I got absolutely zero indication of any signal for FreeviewHD reception.

I new aerial was required.

Can only but try really!







 
 
 
 


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  # 250674 26-Aug-2009 14:13
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I get good results with rabbit ears, but I am only 5.5km from Sugarloaf. If you are reasonably close and line-of-sight I think you'd be ok.

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  # 250675 26-Aug-2009 14:17
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According to Kordia coverage on the Flat in CHC seems fairly universal, but as always YMMV

http://www.kordiasolutions.com/files/Christchurch.pdf

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  # 250678 26-Aug-2009 14:24
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I can get FHD on my tuner card with rabbit ears from DSE (ones with the UHF style part) in Brougham Street Christchurch.

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  # 250680 26-Aug-2009 14:35
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Answer is we can't be sure. You'd need to try and see what results you'd get.

You need enough signal to get (ideally) 100% quality. This might be achieveable with rabbit ears depending on your location but you might not be able to get reliable reception either.

You'd need to enter this with the very real expectation that you might need to upgrade your aerial.

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  # 250682 26-Aug-2009 14:39
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And with ears - signal good enough to run digital could be present one day, and not the next :o)







 
 
 
 


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  # 250687 26-Aug-2009 15:02
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Bit of random info, but I live about a kilometer down from a transmitter on the shore and I can get all DVB-T channels on my laptop through the use of an HVR-900 and some bunny ears I picked up from the Hospice. No pixelation and signal strength is rated 5/5 in Power Cinema.


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  # 250741 26-Aug-2009 17:09
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I've got good FreeView HD with rabbit ears and a Vantage HD 6000T in Wellington, about 5km line of site from Mt Kau Kau. It did sometimes loose it though when people walked between the rabbit ears and the transmitter.

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  # 250754 26-Aug-2009 17:41
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I'm less than 1km away from sugarloaf and get 95% Signal for FVHD Off a standard "Gizmo" aerial and DSE freeview box. Tho in saying that I do have pretty much clear LOS to mt erin



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  # 250958 27-Aug-2009 12:07
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Hmm... I think it may be a case of wait and see. Thanks for all your replies.

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