Week 3 2020

Monday

A bit of a puzzle this morning, I had to go to Sticklepath near Washford where they were receiving a very poor signal from the Midlands. I discounted the Midlands remark, assuming they were just watching the ITV high definition channel, in which case you would get Midlands news. When I got there the main problem was in the Granny annex and was being caused by one of those moulded white aerial leads, they are usually bought from ...

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Week 2 2020

Monday

First job was out in Burrow, a quick set up of a second hand Sony tv she had been given by a friend. An easy enough job once I had run the gauntlet of six Jack Russells, once on the way in and once on the way out.

Only two jobs in the afternoon, a little advice in Staunton lane regarding the purchase of a new tv, plus the set up of a Humax PVR ...

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Week 1 2020

Thursday

First call this year was a farm bungalow in Cutcombe suffering from no / poor signal. They had a pretty poor, but recently fitted, log periodic aerial on the chimney. In this area that was not going to be enough so we discussed alternatives such as a longer pole, a larger aerial and amplifiers, but I made sure they knew there was no guarantee it was going to be a perfect fix. In the end we settled on ...

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Thursday 11/10/18

First call today was a nice drive up to Wheddon Cross, some channels missing and others breaking up. The main problem was that the tv’s were all tuned to the Welsh, this can cause problems as the tide rises and falls, mainly because the signal is coming in on the side of the aerial. A bit of a retune to Mendip sorted most of the problems out, except for one tv…all the mendip frequencies had good strength and ...

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Tuesday 09/10/18

First job today was a problem with too much signal, yes it’s just as bad as not having enough! Obviously something common to the aerial because all three tv’s in the house were breaking up. Measuring the signal I could see plenty of strength but only around 50% quality, that usually tells me there’s something being over ...

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In The Sticks

It’s not everyday I get called on to travel so deep into the countryside, but recently I’ve had a couple of calls that took me up two of the roughest dirt tracks I’ve ever travelled (on four wheels). I’m not sure my poor van enjoyed it as much as I did though, perhaps a Land Rover would ...

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Poor Gecko!

Dead Gecko, Steve hill TV servicesWell you see all sorts in this trade but this was a first for me. I’m in touch with fellow engineers from around the world and this poor Gecko was found in the back of a TV in Albania. The TV was wall mounted and should have had a cover fitted where the stand slots ...

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Too much signal?

Is it possible to have too much signal from your aerial? What would the result be if this was the case?

The answer to the first question is yes, and to the second question…the result would be the same as having too little signal, a pixelated picture or even no signal.

Twice in the last week I’ve been called to homes where this was happening, both homes had aerials that had been fitted by me four ...

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Music Over Wi Fi

Here I will try and describe my own music system. Several years ago I decided I wanted rid of my sizeable CD collection as it was taking over one of our rooms. The solution I found was to rip every CD to a network attached storage device ( or NAS ). The one I chose was supplied by DBM Servers, viagra 60mg it was 3Tb and contained Vortexbox software and a CD drive. ...

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What is quality Hi Fi?

When most people think about quality Hi Fi they think more about component parts of the system, the Amp, CD player and Speakers. There are indeed many very high end manufacturers with components costing thousands of pounds and these will reproduce music in the most amazing way. But…if you play a poor source into one of these systems the results could be very disappointing!

For me quality sound begins with the source ie. Vinyl, CD, MP3 etc. ...

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