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Any changes to sat TV reception
by Martin • Tue 06 Aug 2013 09:25

Last time we were in Creuse (June) our sat system wasn't working. not receiving anything. The previous time (March) it was fine. We only installed it at the end of last year so not an old system or decrepit mountings etc. I wondered if there had been any changes to satellites or frequency or anything that means we have to make changes.

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Re: Any changes to sat TV reception
by thetransporter • Tue 06 Aug 2013 14:31

We left ours unplugged during a 2 week break in the winter, only to find the 'head' had frozen and damaged on our return - we subsequently leave the box plugged in now, as I was informed by the repair man that this sends a small current to the head on a constant basis and this helps to prevent frost damage. - No idea if that is your problem (our signals haven't changed) but a new head for ours was only 17€ from the Brico - might be worth a try changing it, before you pay a repairman's charges! - Or it could simply be alignment. Good luck!

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Re: Any changes to sat TV reception
by pogo • Tue 06 Aug 2013 21:25

If you have a standard sky box (not freesat etc) it is easy to do a signal test.

Press tv guide.
scan along twice to services.then press select.
go down to no.4 and select.
go down to no.6 and select. This should show how good your signal is. half way to 3/4 is ok (ish) on strength and quality . If you have no signal on either, either do as transporter suggests or call someone who can align it for you.

Good luck.

Pogo

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Re: Any changes to sat TV reception
by Martin • Sun 11 Aug 2013 12:39

Thanks for the feedback, a bit more investigation next trip methinks.

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Re: Any changes to sat TV reception
by lestroisours • Fri 02 May 2014 20:23

Astra 2F is now in service with some channels changed to it in preference to the UK with a footprint more focused. Many ex-pats have lost reception in Spain and the south of France. The answer is to get a bigger dish, and if that doesn't work get an even bigger dish. True about the heating of the head element to prevent icing. Ensure you lead and connector is protected by self-annealing tape as well to keep all the moisture out.
We have a twin head in a single block so we can run two receivers in separate rooms.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
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