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On 15 Dec 2011 at 7:29pm Bazooka Joe wrote:
I have just checked the Switchover website and can expect to be switched over in 2 stages (30th May and 12th June 2012). and apparently my most likely transmitter is "Lewes VP".
Where the hell is the "Lewes VP" transmitter located?
On 15 Dec 2011 at 8:55pm Castle Gate wrote:
It's on the roof of one of the County Hall buildings at the top of Town.
VP means "Vertical Polarization", and the little transmitter pumps out 32W erp (effective radiated power) in that plane. Remarkably, our local transmitter also has a horizontally-polarized signal on the same frequencies (16W erp), radiating to the south-west.
A set of photographs of the aerials upon County Hall (for it is presently dark outside) may be viewed by following the link at the foot of this note.

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On 15 Dec 2011 at 11:48pm Bazooka Joe wrote:
Thanks for reply Castle Gate.
Looks like I'll have to change the direction of my aerial now :-(
On 16 Dec 2011 at 5:08pm bastian wrote:
someone told me my old analogue tv ( you know the big box with a tube) won't work when the switchover happens, is that true?
On 16 Dec 2011 at 7:20pm Southover Queen wrote:
Has it got a scart lead input, Bastian? If it has, yes, no problem although you'll need to buy a little Freeview box. Essentially what you're doing is replacing the analogue tuner you're currently using with a digital tuner, which is what's in the box.
I think older televisions can be adapted but you'd have to phone one of the helpline numbers for advice.
On 17 Dec 2011 at 12:32pm bastian wrote:
we have a freeview box fitted to a satalite dish because we are in one of those areas of town with no coverage so i guess it will still work..thanks SQ
On 17 Dec 2011 at 2:46pm Southover Queen wrote:
It sounds as if you're on Freesat not Freeview, Bastian, so the digital switchover won't affect you. (I only know this because it's the same set up that I have for the same reason!)
On 17 Dec 2011 at 2:50pm bastian wrote:
ah jolly good neighbour.
On 18 Dec 2011 at 6:29pm supporter wrote:
one of the pluses after the switchover is the signal is 10 times the strengh it is now so should help people in areas with no coverage
On 19 Dec 2011 at 12:49am Viewer wrote:
Is that really so?
On 19 Dec 2011 at 10:26am Castle Gate wrote:
Transmitters which, until the switchover, have been radiating both the traditional analogue signals *and* the new digital channels will, often, be allowed to transmit the digital signals at far greater power once the analogue signal is off-air. The low-power start was to help reduce interference to the old signals.
It happens that Lewes is going to transmit the digital multiplexes on vertical polarization for most of the town at considerably higher power (48W) than the existing analogue signal anyway, from the moment its digital signals are turned on. The horizontal signal from the Lewes council offices, pointing south-west, drops power slightly from 16W (analogue) to 12W (digital).

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