Problems with satellite TV reception recently

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In the last week reception has been extremely poor and distorted - even when the weather seems to be fine with a little cloud cover.

Anyone else having these problems?

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Yeah, there does seem to be a disturbance in the force lately.

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The recent rain and subsequently following, the excessive air humidity, represent the most substantial source of satellite signal blockage and intereference. The excessive rain may also have caused moisture penetration to cables and/or exposed connections which will really mess up reception too. If your reception is consistently bad on marginal channels (e.g. BBC/ITV on a 90cm dish or smaller) then you should also check re-alignment as it is absolutely critical for weaker channels on these antenna. The moist conditions can also cause ground heave, or expansion of wooden structures (e.g. if your dish is mounted to a balcony framework), which although might only be fractions of a milimetre at ground level, can be a couple of milimetres 10-15 metres at the top of a building or on a roof. Even larger dishes exhibit this problem, as although providing a better overall signal when correctly aligned their focal precision is less tolerant so drop-off is more pronounced for even marginal movement.

YL6

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I'm seeing only one bad channel (out of the 20 or so I scanned through to see if they were OK) today and that's BBC1 (101). Anyone else seeing that? It's as if they moved it to a weak transponder or something. Pictures is blocking and breaking up and temporarily going to the blue-screen saying that the channel has a problem.

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No way, we have perfect reception

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Good by me too, maybe you are living under a cloud!

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Turns out it depends on which BBC1 region you're set to on your Sky account. I've got BBC1 NE (north east) and that's on the transponder that's having problems.

On that transponder (10818V/TP48) is BBC1 (West England, South East, South England, South West, North East and Cumbria, Oxford).

Transponder info: http://www.lyngsat.com/28east.html

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It also makes a difference were you are..

Astra2D is 15% stronger in the UK than Astra2A

BBC etc is perfect on a 60cm dish in Stutgart and FFM.. 8o cm in FFB, 90cm in Munich 1m In Erding 1.25m in Salzburg...

But as you say, the regions of BBC and ITV are variable.

Was your dish professionally installed?

G

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I've been having problems with most UK (free to view) channels for some time now, apart from BBC1, regardless of regional area. BBC2 is particularly bad (though sometimes BBC2 Scotland is better), very often CBBC and CBBeebies, and occasionally the ITV channels.

Grinner, Jeremy recommended I get in touch with you about this - I guess your answer then is just to upgrade from a 90cm dish to a 100+ dish out in Holzkirchen? I wasn't quite sure because up until a few months ago, the reception was only bad when the weather was bad, now it seems to be consistently poor despite good weather!

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Arggghhhhhhh get lost winds !!!

Bloody satellite dish getting battered to hell and my TV picture has now gone into a series of stop start sequences on BBC1.

Don't care about watching a crappy reality Police TV show but the 2nd part of this week's Judge John Deed drama starts in 3 minutes.

OK, ok i give up, i'll accept snow in Munich if the sodding winds stop. There, i've said it.

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you lucky it's only the winds killing your sky My digi box died on it's arse last week I am going insane I am missing Celeb Big Brother, and 24 starts this week or next week.

A new digi box is in the post :-)

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Wetter.de has issued a weather warning for Munich of 100km/h winds and they ain't kidding !

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Are others with dual Astra/Eutel satellite missing British channels? Just about to sit down to watch "Gardeners' World", I was shocked to find all Brit channels missing today. Is it just reception in the Hallertau or a Germany wide thing?

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You need to be more specific..

Which "British" chanel is missing?

Which astra satellite and which Eutelsat?

SP

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All my British channels (BBC, ITV etc.) are missing! I believe they were on Astra 2D. We still get every single other channel undert he sun though, which made me think it was just a British TV problem.

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all working normally here

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Are others with dual Astra/Eutel satellite

Assuming you meand Astra2/Eutel then this is not a common configuration because of the 15degree satellite separation and therefor VERY sensitive to any dish movement which means you'll loose the weaker BBC/ITV channels. Or your switch between the different satellite signals has died.

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Well, I am losing my EPG and ITV2+1 and even the lightest amount of rain is disturbing my signal. Need to get Geoff back out here to readjust I guess. It is either that or my receivers are slowly dying one by one.

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ITV 1 is really dodgy today, keeps flickering & freezing up, however ITV Grenada seems to be working just fine, still puzzles me that!

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Leky...

The satellite and dish size can be compaired to The Eye and light strength..

If the Light is strong, then The Pupil in your eye only needs to be small for it to function efficiently..

When the light is dimmer, then the Pupil needs to be bigger..

Bearing this in mind, Imagine the Satellite being a hand holding a dozen torches.

No matter how big your hands are, you will not get all the torches to shine their light in exactly the same location.. Thus some of the torches light will appear brighter than others..

When on the fringes of the torches light beam, the light deterioration will be more noticeable.

When its cloudy or raining then the Signal / light will be attenuated further.

I have heard it said that the satellites tilt towards the sun at night and this alters the transmission footprint slightly... However, I am not sure just how true it is..

Hope this explains things to you...

SP

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ITV 1 is really dodgy today, keeps flickering & freezing up, however ITV Grenada seems to be working just fine, still puzzles me that!

Different (groups of) ITV regions are transmitted on different frequencies. Different frequencies come from different transponders (transmitters) on the satellite and sometimes even different satellites at the same location. Transponder strength can vary, albeit very slightly, but if your reception is already fringe, or degraded by atmospheric conditions then some frequencies, and therefore regions, may break up sooner than others. It might also be that your receiver is more sensitive to some frequencies than others (although this is less likely to be the case here as the ITV frequencies are fairly close together) Coincidentally ITV (and BBC) regions tend to be grouped together on transponders by geography and those intended for the south of England and Scotland tend to be stronger than those central/north of the UK. Hence ITV London may be more reliable than ITV Granada or Yorkshire when weather conditions are poor. Disappointing though it may be I often have to move from ITV/BBC Yorkshire to London when a bad storm brews...

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I've got a Freeshite receiver and having no problems with it. I use the London channnels - ie. I put in a London postcode. I did notice that other regions were not so

good though.

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I like to watch BBC2W for the Magners League rugby on Scrum V but unfortunately this seems to have the weakest signal of all :(

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We;; Spider pig & YL6 thnak you both for the explanations, I did understand YL6's one :D , but my region is East Anglia & that wasn't coming through but Grenada was, so the north south regional logic doesn't seem to apply to me, and yesterday afternoon I couldn't get itv anglia at all, couldn't even get the tv guide, did Vettel also win the F1 in Anglia :unsure:

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