Television & Radio Reception Specialist

TV Aerials, Radio Aerials, Sky & Freesat
TV Brackets supplied and fitted

Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster
and all surrounding areas.

Tel – 075210 46629

8am to 8pm 7 days

A sad sign of the times.

In early June 2021 I was forced to let go of the landline telephone number & BT internet, a number I’ve had for over 25 years.

Unfortunately due to an ever increasing number of spam calls along with a decreasing number of customers who prefer to contact me this way combined with an extremely slow internet speed I was forced to say goodbye to 01905 799152.

Dialling my old number could give anyone the impression that the line is only temporarily out of order, despite hours of protestations to both my old service provider as well as BT Openreach I’ve been informed that the automated message encountered on dialling my old number will continue for the foreseeable future.

Suffice to say, the preferred method of contacting me via my mobile number (075210 46629) is unaffected.

Accidental remote control button commands.

Over recent months and especially since the first lockdown I’ve been receiving an unusually high number of calls requesting help from people who have lost reception and all TV channels.

Sometimes, I’m finding that people are convinced that the problem is a major one requiring a new TV Aerial or Satellite dish so they do nothing but sit and wait for my visit.

On arrival I’ve often noticed a symbol or message displayed on the TV screen that immediately indicates the problem has been self inflicted.

Accidentally pushing the wrong button on a remote control is very easily done without you knowing you’ve done it.

Some of the most common, accidentally pushed buttons are at the top of many remote controls. I would guess these buttons having been accidentally pushed while feeling for the OFF button which is almost always placed at the top of the remote controls and often alongside buttons that should NOT be selected.

A frequent button accidentally hit is a button marked “Source” this is often found towards the top of many remotes, sometimes the source button is marked just by a symbol, usually in the shape of a rectangle with an arrow pointing into it.

Another button accidentally hit or sometimes selected as an option in the TVs menu, is the Digital / Analogue switch. Unless you have a SKY HD system which feeds SKY into secondary rooms OR you have an older type camera system (CCTV) we don’t really use the analogue side of a TVs tuner anymore so you generally need to make sure the TV is receiving Digital TV signals and not Analogue.

Sony as well as other makes have a dedicated button marked “Digital / Analogue” .
On many Sony remotes this button is often found towards the top of the remote. This button is very easily, accidentally pushed.
In this case look for an “A” at the top of a blacked out TV screen when you try to change channel, push this button again and the “A” will revert back to a “D” and TV pictures should be restored.

Should you suddenly loose TV pictures immediately after pushing a button then don’t panic, if you call me I’m will often be able to talk you through the sequence to restore your TV pictures.

Poor workmanship is a constant problem

The following News item is taken from my Cowboys and Bodgers gallery.

Location – Clayhall Road, Droitwich

Complaint – Although I was initially called to improve the poor TV reception that this customer was experiencing I noticed the precarious and dangerous way this TV Aerial had been installed, right above a back-door access.

Fault – Some unscrupulous TV Aerial man had recently made a visit to this property and I guess to maximise his profit and minimise his time he gave no consideration as to where he placed the heavy / high gain Aerial or how it was fixed. He only changed the Aerial itself and placed it on the top of an existing rusting pole which was in turn attached to a totally inadequate bracket mounted poorly on a facia board. At any time during a storm this had a high probability of coming down with possible disastrous consequences.

Remedy – Take everything down and replace with a wall mounted, 18 inch galvanised
T & K bracket, an inch and a half steel pole and re use and realign existing TV Aerial.

TV reception problems during the summer

Many TVs and TV viewers will experience poor reception (pixilation) throughout the year regardless of what the weather is doing outside, but the long sunny, warm days are sometimes uniquely responsible for producing poor picture quality.

For a couple of reasons, this summer of 2020 is very unique. Firstly, the UK has just experienced one of its longest, driest warm Springs in living memory which has meant that the usual, early spring foliage growth spurt was largely delayed this year until the rain started falling again from the middle of June onwards. Secondly, and because of the Covid19 pandemic and lockdown many more people than usual have relied on their TV as a source of information and entertainment.

Deciduous trees coming back into leaf and putting on a spurt in growth can often be the cause for a relatively rapid deterioration in signal quality if the line of sight from the TV Aerial to the TV transmitter is obscured. Even evergreens such as the fast-growing leylandii conifer can put on a substantial growth spurt, not just upwards but sideways too. The likes of wisteria and other creepers on the same wall as a satellite dish will often smother the face of the dish over a short period of time, given the right conditions.

A TV Aerial that’s had its view towards a TV transmitter impaired by a tree or foliage can often be redirected towards a transmitter that has a better line of sight. Satellite / Sky dishes that suffer the same problem can sometimes be moved higher on a wall or even sideways across a wall, cutting or pruning the offending obstruction is also often an option.

TV coax cable and Satellite coax cables which have been exposed to the sun that run down or across a roof will eventually start to breakdown and the outer waterproof plastic coating will become brittle and crack, in turn allowing rain water to enter. On entering the coax the water will then often take the easiest path downwards. Most of the time the water will drip, slowly and relatively harmlessly into the back of a TV wall plate but occasionally and especially if the coax cable is connected directly to a TV or a Sky / Freesat box etc it will enter into the equipment’s tuner, occasionally creating an expensive repair but more often than not the equipment will need to be replaced.

For obvious reasons, any TV coax cable that is exposed on a South facing roof is much more vulnerable to this problem than one which is run down a North facing roof. Coax cable which is in full sunlight on a south facing roof will sometimes start to breakdown in as little as 10 years but cable on a North facing roof can last well in excess of 25 years.

For a full list of possible reception related TV problems go to my Troubleshooting / Self-Help page.

Poor or no TV reception ?

As of today (Sunday 29th December 2019) there is a strong likelihood that TV reception problems may be experienced by many who have their TV Aerial pointed towards the Ridge Hill transmitter near Ledbury.

This transmitter serves large parts of Worcestershire and is occasionally susceptible to interference from other TV transmitters when certain weather conditions prevail, causing picture breakup and in some cases, total loss of TV reception altogether.

Looking at the weather / atmospheric pressure readings today would strongly suggest that the current bout of interference being experienced by those who have their TV Aerials pointed towards the Ledbury transmitter will be caused by the High Atmospheric Pressure / anticyclone which is centred over the Western part of Central Europe.

Although the position of this anticyclone is not expected to remain stationary for too long, it is impossible to predict precisely as to how long it’s impact on the Ledbury / Ridge Hill transmitter may last but I would be surprised if much more than three or four days.

In the meantime and certainly while this current spell of settled weather persists there is one very important thing to remember, not only now, but also if at at any time in the future you ever experience pixelation / breakup or a sudden loss of TV channels………..


Many people, now know how to access the “Auto re-tune” in their TVs setup menu, unfortunately I’m often finding that customers, mistakenly use this new found knowledge as a “cure all” for any problems that may arise.

Re-tuning a TV during periods of poor reception or loss of picture will usually only delete the TVs memory of frequencies / channels which were originally saved from the transmitter that your TV Aerial is pointing, creating a bigger problem, often meaning that you will be without TV pictures for much, much longer than people who didn’t re-tune their TV.

With the exception of an on screen message suggesting a re-tune is necessary or advice from someone like myself or TV retail shop etc, a willy-nilly re-tune of a TV in the hope that it will restore the channels should be avoided and is almost always counter productive.

The on-screen message “Weak or no signal” which sometimes appears on a TV screen while experiencing poor reception is NEVER an invitation to re-tune the TV!

Poor or no BBC TV reception from the Bromsgrove transmitter

There is currently an ongoing fault affecting the reception of the majority of BBC channels being transmitted via the Bromsgrove transmitter.

Not everyone is affected but those who have amplifiers / boosters connected to their TV Aerial are more likely to suffer with intermittent or no reception of the BBC channels.

For those who have a HD TV, don’t forget BBC 1 and BBC 2 can be viewed on channels 101 and 102 respectively, the HD channels are not affected.

At this time there is no indication as to the cause or indeed how long it may last but as soon as the problem is resolved I will post the news here.

In the meantime – DO NOT RE-TUNE YOUR TV

Retuning a TV when all or some channels are suddenly lost or go missing is totally counterproductive and will cause more harm than good, regardless as to how long they have been missing for.

For further advice, you can call me on my usual mobile number – 07850 969 307

UPDATE – As of Saturday November the 2nd, the BBC channels transmitted from the Bromsgrove transmitter seem to be running normally so if you did re-tune your TV in an attempt to regain the lost channels, you will now need to retune your TV one more time.

Cowboys don’t always ride a horse or wear boots with spurs!
The following is taken from my
Cowboys and Bodgers gallery.

Location – Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich

Complaint – Poor pictures and sometimes total loss of channels, especially during or after rainfall.

Fault – Although I see this fault quite often, what’s unusual with this one is the fact that this gentleman (new customer to me) had previously called out another TV Aerial man when he’d experienced the exact same problem some time ago.

I was able to see from the invoice / receipt that was left behind by the previous engineer / cowboy, he had identified the fault correctly as being water ingression into the Aerials dipole housing but then instead of turning the Aerial the correct way up with the drainage hole underneath he returned the Aerial, after emptying it of water, back to the position he had just found it, allowing any future rainfall to continue to enter via the drainage hole pointing skyward.

Remedy – Unfortunately the simple printed circuit board inside the dipole, having been continually submerged in water was now no longer salvageable and so the Aerial had to be replaced.

The photo below is unconnected with my news item above with the exception that they both share exactly the same fault. It also illustrates just how common this problem is, as both photos were taken last week and just 3 days apart.

This time the location was in Worcester and although this Hospital Doctor inherited the Aerial when he moved into the house 2 years ago there were similarities which indicate the same rouge, cowboy Aerial installer was probably responsible for this poor installation too.

Bromsgrove & Lark stoke TV transmitter problem resolved.

As of mid morning today, Friday 16th of August the fault affecting two local TV transmitters ability to transmit many of the ITV channels has been resolved.

For those who have been affected by the loss of ITV channels over the past 10 days or so and who’ve resisted the temptation to NOT retune their TV will now find that the channels have returned with nothing further to do.

For those who have re-tuned their TVs over the past 10 days in the hope of restoring TV pictures will not notice any difference as the channels will still be missing. Willy nilly re-tuning of a TV after a sudden loss of channels will only (normally) serve to completely wipe the TVs memory of those channels.

So NOW is the time to re-tune your TV, one last time!

No or poor reception of ITV channels (Updated 7am 16th August 2019)

There is currently an ongoing transmission / reception issue with the channels I’ve listed below. These channels all use the same individual frequency of 490.0 MHz
or Multiplex 23, so if you are missing one of these channels you’ll be missing them all. The fault first appeared around Tuesday August 6th.

– Channel 4
– Channel 5
– ITV2
10 – ITV3
13 – E4
14 – Film4
15 – Channel 4 +1
18 – More4
24 – ITV4
33 – ITV +1
45 – Film4 +1

There are three transmitters that transmit into our part of Worcestershire that use this multiplex, transmitters at Bromsgrove, Lark Stoke and Wrekin all use MUX 23.

Having recently carried out some tests regarding this fault it would seem that it’s TV Aerials which are either pointed towards the vertically polarized transmitters of Lark Stoke near Stratford or the Bromsgrove transmitter at Worms Ash which are affected, the Wrekin transmitter near Telford which is horizontally polarized appears to be unaffected and working normally.

I can’t be certain but I have a feeling that this problem may be a transmitter synchronization fault between the 2 transmitters I’ve mentioned above, in which case I would expect / hope the fault to be fixed over the coming next few days.

In the meantime, if you have a High Definition TV or a HD receiving / recording device, such as a Talk Talk or BT box etc you should be able to watch ITV, CH4 and CH5 in HD on channel numbers 103, 104 and 105.

As always, in a situation like this and especially following a sudden loss of TV channels / pictures you should NEVER attempt to re-tune your TV.

If you’ve been unable to resist and have succumb to the temptation to hit the auto re-tune button on your remote in the hope of restoring the lost channels then the result will be 1 of 4 possible outcomes. I’ve listed below the possible results with the most likely first.

1 – The TV’s memory of where on the TV band this multiplex is located will now be lost and your TV will now no longer display any of the 12 channel numbers, so, as and when the fault is finally rectified your TV will be oblivious to the fact.

2 – The TV’s tuner will lock onto a transmitter that is not affected by the current fault and possibly store / memorise a multiplex with the missing channels, unfortunately it’s almost certain that this signal is going to be very weak as your TV Aerial will not be pointing at this transmitter. The result being a picture that is constantly pixelating and breaking up…….possibly more frustrating than having nothing at all!

3 – As the TV goes through it’s tuning cycle there is a chance that you will not only wipe the TVs memory of the channels you’re trying to restore but also other multiplexes / groups of channels too, i.e all of the BBC channels.

4 – By pure luck, as you start the tuning sequence with remote control in hand, miraculously, and at that very moment the transmitter fault is rectified and everything is back to normal with all the missing channels restored……….This is EXTREMELY unlikely to happen but I guess it’s all you can possibly hope for once the auto-tune button is pushed as the other 3 results are much, much more likely!

Regardless as to whether you have tried tuning your TV or not, as soon as the problem is resolved I will post that information here.

The great flood. Droitwich – July 20th 2007

It was while visiting a Bromsgrove resident who had been complaining about their poor TV reception this week that my memory was jogged, remembering that we must be close to the anniversary date of the great flood which had a devastating impact in Droitwich.

Although we’ve not experienced the huge quantity of rain in such a short period of time as we did 12 years ago, this particular Spring and Summer, so far have produced more than average rainfall so consequently I’m seeing more rain water related faults than normal.

What is also a little unusual about this year is that sunshine has often been accompanied with some unusually high, early summer temperatures.

This all being a good recipe for making outdoor TV coax cables split and crack allowing rainwater easy entry into the coax cable.

Sometimes (as in this case in Bromsgrove) the coax cable runs down from a TV Aerial to a wall plate, it was obvious from the accumulation of rust on the back of this plate that water had been flowing down the coax for a considerable length of time.

Although the end result is the same, water that’s dripping into the back of a wall plate takes much longer before any reception problem will arise and overall usually does much less damage than a coax cable that is connected directly to a TV or Digital recording box.

For more on this subject click HERE and scroll down to “Coax cable

Frustration gets the better of a Bromyard resident.

I recently received a call from a frustrated, Bromyard based new home owner who had attempted to install his recently purchased TV Aerial in his loft.

After repeatedly trying to get a TV signal from his loft he eventually admitted defeat and gave up!

On receiving his cry for help I was asked if I could try and use the TV Aerial that he had recently bought from a well known, large trade supplier. On hearing the name of the organisation, the one that ends with the word “Fix” I advised him that often and despite what may be written on the packaging, most if not all of the TV Aerials sold at this trade/retail outlet are not really suitable for mounting outdoors, but I was willing to take a look and advise accordingly.

On arrival at the property I could immediately see why it had been nigh on impossible for my customer to obtain a sufficient signal from inside his loft.

First of all, I’m increasingly seeing more and more roofs being internally supported in the way that this roof was. Instead of the loft being supported by standard wooden A frames the central part of this loft has multiple wooden vertical supports direct to the roofs apex making it almost impossible to move around in the loft especially with a TV Aerial in hand.

Secondly this TV Aerial or any other TV Aerial for that matter was never going to work from inside this loft anyway. The location of this property was not only in a dip but only one transmitter was available, as I was to find out later, even that transmitter was extremely weak.

As can be seen from my photo above, I never had the opportunity to try out my customers bought TV Aerial as frustration got the better of him and it ended up in a heap on the back lawn.

Needless to say, especially in poor TV reception areas mounting TV Aerials inside a loft is never a good idea.

Sky / Freesat Dishes don’t have to be black!

Recently installing a TV Aerial on a newly built house in Droitwich I was asked to also install a Sky mini Dish for Freesat.

Only problem was that the house was finished in a beautiful cream render and without going to great expense by having the dish mounted on a ugly bracket and long pole on the back wall enabling the Dish to see over the roof I suggested to my customer to have it spray painted to match the coloured render.

From my initial telephone enquiry to the Dish being handed back to my customer, spayed to a perfect render matched colour was only a couple of days.

So if you just have a alternate colour preference or more importantly an architectural reason to have a satellite dish any other colour other than black, you now know it can be done.

Mystery of the rusting SKY dish!

I was recently called out by a customer to change a SKY dish that had become so rusty it continually left ugly rust marks on the patio below every time it rained.

Also my customers wife was put off sitting on the patio with the sight of an ugly rusting, perforated, metal plate above her head.

The dish was fitted around 8 years ago but what makes this very unusual is that also on the same day, at the same time a second, identical dish was also fitted by the same SKY engineer on the wall of a converted garage barely 15 meters away (See my photo above)

Not only was the face of the rusty dish in a very poor condition but also all of the bracketry behind the dish was also affected in the same way.

Whereas the dish on the garage had absolutely NO sign of rust anywhere on its face or bracketry behind.

No HD TV reception?

I’m now aware that there are some people who are unable to receive HD. Not only from the Bromsgrove TV transmitter but also the Wrekin near Telford as well as the Lark Stoke transmitter near Stratford on Avon.

I’m convinced it’s related to the problem I’ve described in my 28th March news blog, below.

I have a good idea that it is only households that have their (rooftop as opposed loft mounted) TV Aerials in a position which is also open to one or more of the other transmitters I’ve mentioned above.

Although I’m not 100% sure but those who have loft installed Aerials or those who are much nearer to one or other of the TV transmitters I’ve mentioned above should not have any problems with HD reception.

As this is now becoming a bigger problem, with an increasing amount of frequencies / channels affected I’m expecting the fault to be rectified reasonably quickly.

As soon as I have more information I will post it here in my News section..

Missing TV Channels from the Bromsgrove Transmitter?

I’ve been made aware of a fault affecting signals/channels coming from the Bromsgrove transmitter.

If you are missing the following channels then you may also be suffering from the same fault.

Something worth noting, unlike in the analogue days of TV transmission when just one frequency carried only one TV channel, with the advent of Digital TV that same one frequency can now contain as many as 40 or more TV channels, so if you notice that you are missing one or some of the channels below you will in fact be missing them all.

Bare in mind the contrary is also correct, if you have just one of the channels I’ve listed below you will also have them all, that said, just very occasionally you may need to re-tune your TV to be fully up to date.

16 – QVC
20 – Drama
21 – 5USA
27 – ITV2 +1
30 – 5STAR
34 – ITV3 +1
37 – Quest
44 – Channel 5 +1
54 – Paramount Network
55 – 5SELECT
58 – ITVBe +1
59 – ITV4 +1
63 – Blaze
66 – CBS Reality
70 – Horror Channel
76 – Quest +1
77 – TCC
80 – Blaze +1
85 – Hochanda
87 – Keep It Country
211- Ketchup

The Following Radio / Adult channels etc are also affected –
252 – Kiss Chat & Date
253 – Proud Dating
261 – Racing UK
263 – SonLife
264 – VisionTV
265 – Planet Knowledge
269 – Arise News
270 – Loveworld
271 – Juwelo UK
670 – ADULT Section
671 – Television X
678 – ADULT Xpanded TV
679 – ADULT Studio 66
724 – Capital FM London
727 – Absolute Radio
728 – Heart

As yet I’m not absolutely sure as to the exact cause of this fault but I have an idea that it could possibly be due to a synchronisation issue with another transmitter.

Not everyone on the Bromsgrove transmitter is affected as I’m finding that it’s the roof top TV Aerials which have an open aspect looking East towards the Lark Stoke transmitter near Stratford on Avon which is where I mostly observe this particular fault.

Both the Bromsgrove and the Lark Stoke transmitters use the same 6 frequencies or multiplexes. All of the channels I’ve listed above are broadcast on the same multiplex (multiplex 33) I have an idea that it may be a timing / synchronisation issue which is the cause of the missing channels.

On the other hand we are currently under the influence of a large anticyclone (High atmospheric pressure) and although it certainly won’t help with a possible sync issue (if that is the fault) there is just a small chance that it could just be the sole cause of the channel loss, although at this stage I think it unlikely to be a weather related fault.

Clicking on my image above displays this quite unique fault as it clearly shows that there is more than sufficient signal strength and quality but also an unusual error reading of 999.

Should the problem persist for any length of time or you find, for what ever reason that you’re unable to endure the loss of you’re favourite TV channel any longer I have found a relative inexpensive solution to the problem.

Please give me a call for further advice – 075210 46629

In the meantime I will make attempts to find the cause of this fault and any results I’ll post here in my news section.

Poor or loss of satellite reception on SKY or Freesat

I was called out today to a customer in Hartlebury who had suddenly lost their Freesat TV reception.

This particular dish was a little difficult to access as it was mounted on a long 12 foot pole, to the side of the garden patio, this was to allow for the clearance of some very tall trees which were in relative close proximity to the dish.

Doing the normal and easier checks first which include checking the Humax satellite receiver was powered up and not in need of a simple re-boot as well as following the coax cable run from the receiver to the outside, along the garden wall and up the length of the pole to the dish.

On finding both the receiver and the coax cable not to be at fault it only then left either the dish being off line or a possible faulty LNB (Low Noise Block) Click on photos above to enlarge.

Should we have been in late April or May there would have been the possibility of a growth spurt from the trees which lay in the direction that this dish was pointing, partially blocking the view to this geostationary satellite. As we have only just come out of winter and despite the record high temperatures we’ve recently experienced there was little chance that this was even a possibility.

Also, when vegetation growth does impact on the reception of a satellite signal to a dish its a relative slow process, often with pixitlation and break-up warning signs in the days and weeks preceding a total loss of signal, also with wind movement of any foliage the signal/reception will come and go in unison with the force of the wind.

Standing on the top platform of a set of 6 foot high steps and at full stretch the next easiest thing to check is the white feed-horn LNB cap.
Applying light pressure with my thumb on the white plastic feed horn cap will confirm or otherwise it’s ability to stop rain water entering the LNB (as seen in my image 2 above)

Once this plastic become brittle it almost always splits at the top first (click on & see photos 2 & 3 above) allowing rain water to enter but then having no where to escape.

Putting light pressure on this particular cap allowed it to brake with ease, showering me with a quantity of collected rain water. Although I carry spare caps on the van once rain water enters the horn the LNBs days are numbered.

Over the past few months I’ve been called out to half a dozen or so of these LNBs with this particular fault, with vast quantities of these dish’s having been installed in excess of 10 years ago this particular problem is going to be round for a long time to come.

Poor or NO TV Reception for some in Crowle

I’ve been made aware of the possible activation of a mobile phone mast in Crowle near Worcester.

I believe this mast may have been switched on sometime yesterday morning (Thursday 14th of February)

Due to Crowles rural location and it’s distant position relative to TV transmitters many households use UHF TV mast head amplifiers to receive a satisfactory TV picture.

It’s these amplifiers that are amplifying the 4G signal from the masts resulting in either poor TV reception or often NO reception at all if the mast is in close proximity.

My advice, as always is to call at800 if you believe that your TV reception problem is a direct result of the activation of a mast.

at800 – 0808 131 3800

Just in case at800 are unaware of a particular mast activation (see my news item below dated 28th March 2018) or they are unable to help within a reasonable period of time then please don’t hesitate to contact me direct.

I’m often able to attend on the same day……Sunday included!

Jeremy – 075210 46629

Flapping TV Coax = No TV Reception

Due to the recent high winds we’ve had over the past few days I was called out to this TV Aerial at Offerton farm near Droitwich on Saturday 9th of February 2019.

The following news item is taken from my Cowboys & Bodgers gallery.

Location – Offerton near Droitwich

Complaint – Sudden loss of all TV channels.

Fault – This particular fault is not over common as I only attend to a few each year but I do see many more potential problems while on my travels around the county.

PVC tape or occasionally plastic cable ties combined with a installer ignorance / incompetence is the primary reason for the loss of channels.

Firstly plastic cable ties should never be used to hold a TV coax to a pole.
Sunlight / UV light will make them brittle long before anything else needs to be replaced, allowing the coax to eventually swing in the wind, as can be seen in my photo above.

In this case it was PVC tape (industry standard) that was used.
Normally the tape will last as long as the Aerial, in this case perhaps as much as
40 to 50 years but because this particular installer was tight or possibly ignorant he only passed the tape around the pole once.

Sunlight will soon degrade this single layer of tape which in turn will allow the coax to come loose and flap in the wind, eventually snapping the soft copper inner core inside the dipole cap, as can be seen in my photo above.

Remedy – If the tape had have been passed around the pole by a minimum of 2 or 3 times then this TV Aerial could have gone on for another 5 to 10 years or so.

As this particular TV Aerial was an old grouped type and not efficient at receiving some of the lesser watched TV channels it was decided to upgrade to a wide band Digital type while I was there.

Kidderminster Re-Tune Wednesday 31st October 2018

From Wednesday 31st of October 2018 onward there is a very good chance that you may have the words “Weak or No Signal” displayed on your TV screen, if your TV Aerial is pointed towards the Kidderminster transmitter, sometimes referred to locally as the Birchen Coppice transmitter.

This TV Transmitter sits up on a hill to the West of the Kidderminster to Stourport dual carriageway.

Frequency re-allocation work to move all of the existing TV channels in their individual blocks (Multiplex’s) to lower frequencies on the ever shrinking TV band has been planned for sometime. The reason for moving the TV frequencies is to make way for new mobile phone services coming in 2020.

The work is likely to be completed in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but could possibly take place at any time during this coming Wednesday.

If you scroll down below this News item you will notice that I have often, strongly advised against the re-tune of TVs if reception is lost.

Well of course, on this rare occasion the only way to restore TV reception is to actually re-tune your TV. So my advice this time is to Auto Re-tune your TV, IF you loose TV reception on Wednesday 31st of October 2018 and you have a good idea that your TV Aerial could point towards the Kidderminster TV transmitter.

Once you have completed a re-tune your TV should work normally again and normal TV reception should be resumed! I use the word “should” as some people may find that a re-tune will not restore all of the channels and even if it does there is still a chance the reception of those channels could be poor.

Many homes still have the old Narrow Band TV Aerials (Analogue TV Aerials) pointing towards this transmitter and have not ever needed an upgrade to a Wide Band (Digital TV Aerial) to receive all of the channels..

These older TV Aerials have worked fine over the years because the frequencies they were designed to receive were, by luck, within the range of the digital frequencies being transmitted.

From Wednesday onward some of these older Narrow Band TV Aerials may struggle to efficiently receive the new allocated lower frequencies, especially those who are towards the outer limits of the transmitting range of this transmitter.

If you find that after re-tuning your TV or recording box you are still unable to receive normal TV pictures then please give me a call.

Jeremy – 075210 46629

Poor TV reception from the Ridge Hill / Ledbury transmitter

As of today (Friday 19th October 2018) there is a strong likelihood that TV reception problems may be experienced by some who have their TV Aerial pointed towards the Ridge Hill transmitter near Ledbury.

This transmitter serves large parts of Worcestershire and is occasionally susceptible to interference from other TV transmitters when certain weather conditions prevail, causing picture breakup or in some cases, total loss of TV reception.

Looking at the current weather / atmospheric pressure readings today would suggest that this interference is caused by the current High Atmospheric Pressure which is currently centred over the southern half of the UK.

Weather forecasting and predictions strongly indicate that this High Pressure may persist until the middle or end of next week.

While this current spell of cool but settled weather persists there is one very important thing to remember, if, at at any time, now or in the future you ever experience pixelation / breakup or a sudden loss of TV channels….



Many people, now know how to access the “Auto re-tune” in their TVs setup menu, unfortunately I’m often finding that customers use this new found knowledge as a “cure all” for any problems that may arise.

Re-tuning a TV during periods of poor reception or loss of picture will usually only delete the TVs memory of frequencies / channels which were originally saved from the transmitter that your TV Aerial is pointing at, creating a bigger problem, often meaning that you will be without TV pictures for much, much longer than people who didn’t re-tune their TV.

With the exception of an on screen message suggesting a re-tune is necessary or advise from someone like myself or TV retail shop etc, a willy-nilly re-tune of a TV in the hope that it will restore the channels should be avoided and is almost always counter productive.

The on-screen message “Weak or no signal” which sometimes appears on a TV screen while experiencing poor reception is NEVER an invitation to re-tune the TV!

For a permanent solution to this weather related problem please scroll down to my News Item, dated 09/05/18 and titled Poor reception from the Ledbury / Ridge Hill transmitter”


Tuning of all makes & models of TV

Tuning of all free-view boxes & Satellite recievers

Poor TV reception problems solved


TV Aerials

Digital TV Aerial Supply & Install

TV Aerial Repairs & Re-alignment

Extra TV Points



Sky Dish Supply & Install

Sky Dish Repairs & Re-alignment

Sky Extra Points & Satellite Multiroom

Sky Magic Eye Supply & Install


Radio Aerials

FM Aerial Supply, Repair & Install

DAB Aerial Supply, Repair & Install 


Telephone Sockets

Wireless Telephone points


Picture breaking up?

Missing some channels?

Sky magic eye not working?