Any TV/aerial experts ? Advice needed

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  1. Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    In our extension we have a bog standard flat screen ie not sky or virgin etc.
    Its reasonably modern.....maybe 6/7 years old. A Sony 40".
    The arial is approx 20+ years old.
    The TV has suddenly started to give us problems on 2 channels..... 3 & 5. It crackles and is pixelating.
    I have tried re-tuning several times with no success.
    My gut feeling is aerial problems (no idea why or how).
    Any thoughts/advice ???
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Try connecting another TV to rule that out? Change the aerial cabling?
     
  3. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    I had a mysterious problem with my parents' TV. Eventually traced it to the free cable running to the set. Over many years the copper core had work-hardened and broken into pieces, which made for an erratic connection to the aerial.
     
  4. Phaeton

    Phaeton Veteran

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    Or take the TV to another room & try it on the aerial in there, if it's only on 2 channels & the others are fine it's unlikely to be the cabling
     
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  5. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    As above, the aerial cables can break down over time, which is fairly easy to check / rule out.
    Is there anything outside that might have affected it? New building, trees growing, aerial moving, etc?
     
  6. TissoT

    TissoT Über Member

    I suspect after 20 yrs its time for a new aerial. If the cable is externally mounted the coaxe cable tends to fill with rain water after time.
     
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Do you mean the piece that comes from the wall to the TV?
     
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
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    Aerial may have moved but dont know how. Nothing much else has changed.
     
  9. Phaeton

    Phaeton Veteran

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    Oop North (ish)
    But if it's only on 2 channels it's unlikely to be that, it's more like the aerial has moved, is it pointing exactly the same way as your neighbours?
     
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Thanks
    Possibly.
    If I knew that was the problem I would gladly fork out but would like to be reasonably certain first
     
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    Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    All our neighbours seem to have sky. We have virgin cable for the house but plain tv for the extension.
    And before anyone suggests it......Mrs Dave claims that room for when I am watching sport and she WILL NOT have virgin.... ..she wants channels 1-5 only.
     
  12. Eddy

    Eddy Guru


    If you have Wifi you could get an android box for the extension for £20 and do away with the aerial.
     
  13. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Get a Freesat box. Digital through an arial is pants.
     
  14. simonali

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    Dave7

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