Lost all BBC TV and radio channels on Freeview
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My Freeview reception has been playing up a bit for the last few weeks. Assumed it might be a problem with the equipment - both TV and tuner are several years old. Picture breaking up, freezing etc etc. (Also getting a quite frequent "UBO" or "U80" error on the Panasonic DVD/VHS/Tuner which auto switches off and on again). It's Freeview not Freesat. Had found that re-tuning tended to solve it, but seeming to have to re-tune more and more.
Anyway, retuned yesterday and the tuner told me it had found 119 channels instead of the usual 144. Discovered we'd lost at least all the BBC TV and radio channels. I presume we've lost more but I'm not sure. Just retuned again now and same problem - no BBC.
When retuning it's basically "DVB Auto Setup by Region > GBR > East Anglia".
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I'm thinking you need to get your aerial checked it sounds like damp or water in the coaxial feeder or the aerial junction box or maybe it has been storm damaged.
Likely to be a cable or connection problem. Much more likely than the weather at the moment!!
Steady high pressure is when we get enhanced propagation of TV signals = interference. The BBC weather forecasters often mention if that interference is likely.
U80 error on the Panny recorder https://support-uk.panasonic.eu/app/answers/detail/a_id/3881/~/what-are-u80-and-u81-error-messages-on-my-panasonic-dvd-player%3F could well be indicative of an aerial problem. Close to the digital cliff edge things can come and go...
Fettle your cables and connections. Check for damage to the aerial (zoom lens on a camera, binoculars). Check amplifiers (if used) are working properly. Receiver metering can sometimes help with diagnosis.