Lost channels on Freesat

seven-day-weekend
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edited 29 December 2017 at 6:46AM in TV MoneySaving
In my static caravan I have a very cheap and slow freesat system (Bush box and no internet).

It dropped a few satellite channels so we asked it to retune. It did so, but we have now lost some of the terrestrial channels including BBC 1.

It does pick up ITV but today has just lost it because of the rain (it was on until ten minutes ago). In fact at the moment it is saying No signal for most of the channels apart from a bit of crackly sound on one or two of them. It's also snowing outside.

We know very little about satellite set-ups; our TV at home is supplied by Virgin Media.

Is it something we have done wrong and if so how do we put it right?
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  • Neil_Jones
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    If you lose all the signal just because its raining then that typically means your dish is slightly out of alignment. But that being said how big is your dish you're using for the caravan?

    Under normal household circumstances it should take a full blown thunderstorm or a blizzard to block the signal, not a slight drizzle. Build up of snow on the LNB is another thing but that shouldn't be an issue until you have a big enough build-up.
  • Sounds like your dish is most probably out of alignment. You need to correct it with a satellite finder.

    Something along the lines of: https://www.amazon.co.uk/sat-finder-high-quality-positioning-sensitivity-instructions/dp/B00O0YA868/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514538837&sr=8-3&keywords=satellite+finder
  • seven-day-weekend
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    edited 29 December 2017 at 3:33PM
    Thank you both. We are back home now, but will get a satellite finder and have a go with it next time we visit.

    I don't know what size it is, looks like about half a metre (we inherited the set-up when we bought the caravan), but is the same size as all the other caravans on the site have.
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  • Neil_Jones
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    Depending on where you are a 50cm dish can be too small. The further north you go in the UK the bigger a dish you need. If you go caravanning in the north of Scotland for example you ain't going to get away with anything smaller than 90cm. In most parts of England up to about Manchester you can get away with a 60cm dish.
  • seven-day-weekend
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    edited 29 December 2017 at 4:34PM
    We are south of Manchester in North Wales., about level with Stoke-on-Trent
    (AKA HRH_MUngo)
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  • Hi, we are back at the van now, complete with satellite finder. It worked, we have all the channels back and a better picture. Thanks all!
    (AKA HRH_MUngo)
    Member #10 of £2 savers club
    Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology: Terry Eagleton
  • Happy days Weekends.
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