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Old 6th Jul 2020, 2:36 pm   #701
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Default Re: 405-Line VHF Aerials 2013 to the present day.

I bet people in strong signal areas carried on using them for 625 UHF. Just a thought, in a very strong signal area would it be possible to receive a modern day digital TV signal good enough to get a picture?
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 11:20 am   #702
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I bet people in strong signal areas carried on using them for 625 UHF. Just a thought, in a very strong signal area would it be possible to receive a modern day digital TV signal good enough to get a picture?
Even close to Winter Hill, the early sets had valve tuners and the NF at the top end of Band 5 was poor, needed every bit of signal to get a snow free picture. Transistor tuners were a great improvement.
No doubt some could get by with the wrong aerial but we couldn’t from Winter Hill and it was line of sight.
In 1969 when all 3 stations were on UHF we usually fitted a new aerial with a new set.
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 11:26 am   #703
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I bet people in strong signal areas carried on using them for 625 UHF. Just a thought, in a very strong signal area would it be possible to receive a modern day digital TV signal good enough to get a picture?
Even close to Winter Hill, the early sets had valve tuners and the NF at the top end of Band 5 was poor, needed every bit of signal to get a snow free picture. Transistor tuners were a great improvement.
No doubt some could get by with the wrong aerial but we couldn’t from Winter Hill and it was line of sight.
In 1969 when all 3 stations were on UHF we usually fitted a new aerial with a new set.
Thanks Frank. I was just trying to say that I bet some people, signal level allowing, simply carried on with their old VHF aerial if they could get a picture.
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Old 7th Jul 2020, 11:39 am   #704
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Hi Steve,
On the lower frequencies of Band 4 it probably did occur, especially with transistor tuners. We had quite a lot of fun and games in the early days get noise free pictures on Band 5.
Philips valve tuners seemed to perform better than those from RBM and Pye.
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Default Re: 405-Line VHF Aerials 2013 to the present day.

Certainly, when we lived in Durham, not far from Pontop Pike and Burnhope, BBC2 reception was awful from the attic VHF aerial. Chs 5 and 8 were received perfectly however. So, despite the horizontal mounting, a UHF aerial is/was a must.

Funny to think years later, reception of ATV from Oxford UHF was better on a fixed six element Band 2 aerial than it was from a UHF rotatable one which was a bit odd!
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