Just joined freeview on saturday, plugged it in and was not surprised when I got frequent blankouts... So I started working on it. At that point I had 80% signal and 98% quality and tvnz blanks out at least 15 times an hour, this was with the very old 23 element uhf aerial on the roof
OK, Im on the Manukau city hill with a great view of the skytower from the decking, I can also see the waitarua (speeling) tower with binoculars (just a vertical line on one of the hilltops) The aerial is obscured from waitarua with only one tree about 20m from the aerial, but pointing to waitarua horizontally aligned
I went to bunnings and got a new 43 element uhf aerial to replace the rusty and seriously corroded one. The previous tenants had a sky dish and I recycled the R6 cable and connector from that into the new uhf aerial. The cable is only about 10m length and goes direct into the freeview box, no joins or splits...
I now have 85% signal and 99% quality but still, it regularly blanks out (at least 5 times an hour), mostly tvnz but less often tv3 and prime hardly ever. It rained very hard last night and I didn't get any more problems watching from weather, infact last night prime didnt drop often at all.
My freeview box is a SatMax SM801B, it is a cheapy from Harvey Normans... starting to wonder what part is faulting still... I thought those signal/quality numbers were pretty good and I shouldn't have these problems...
Any Ideas? should I try the skytower in vertical polarisation?
P.S. why can I pick up all analog channels with only a uhf aerial? I get 1, 2, 3, 4, prime, juice, maori all crystal clear, tv one has a little bit of snow, but isnt tv 1 a VHF signal?