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Felixstowe: Concern aired over digital signals

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 September 2013

Engineers working on the relay transmitter at Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, during the digital switchover.

Engineers working on the relay transmitter at Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, during the digital switchover.

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People living in Felixstowe are calling for digital TV signals to be strengthened and claim that the big switchover left the resort short-changed.

Many households say they still do not receive good quality digital reception, with some channels unobtainable and the signal often breaking up, especially in high pressure weather conditions.

Former councillor Nick White said many parts of the town were not covered by cable and had to rely on aerials or satellite coverage.

He said: “I think we should look at how poorly Felixstowe is served for TV and radio.

“Aerial companies I have spoken to won’t guarantee I will get good reception after I have paid them to install an expensive aerial. So I won’t do it.”

Digital UK managed the switchover from analogue to digital and said the signal strengths provided were in line with those required by Ofcom through the transmitters managed by Arqiva.

A spokesman said people could visit the Digital UK website to check the predicted signal they should be receiving.

He said: “If the signal is predicted to be good but the reception is not, people might want to look at their reception equipment to see if changes to aerials or TVs will improve the situation.”

A spokesman for Ofcom said the digital switchover aimed to ensure that 98.5% of homes received good reception for the public service channels – such as BBC – but there was no obligation on the commercial channels to reach all homes.

In Felixstowe, much of the town relied on a relay mast in Ranelagh Road car park fed by the Sudbury transmitter, but this only provided access to half of the Freeview channels for those taking their services from it.

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