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David Findlay, Owner Operator of Woody Point Communications
David Findlay

Hi I’m David Findlay, owner of this site. I’ve been a telecommunication cabler, working on TV antennas and cabling, wireless networking, LANs and telephone cabling for more than 10 years.

Have a question about Digital TV, Antennas, Cabling, Telephony or LANs? Ask me in the comment section below. I aim to get back to questions as quickly as possible!

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  • Sue Van Oosterom

    Hi..i did a random retune and immediately lost half my channels…no go, gem, prime, nine, seven etc…did a factory reset, tried manually retuning..no signal…yet TV downstairs remains perfect and unaffected..i live in Fingal Bay, Port Stephens so do not get the new HD lifestyle channels…cant be my aerial which worked prior to retuning….

    • Hi Sue, I presume you’ve done a subsequent retune and it’s made no difference? My suspicion is that you might have a faulty TV Fly Lead. The signal threshold required for a channel to be stored in an Automatic Tune procedure is higher than what is required to bearly work. Digital TV does a good job of hiding a bad signal until it just won’t work. Check out this article and see if it makes any difference: http://www.digitaltvhelp.com.au/my-digital-tv-reception-is-bad-what-to-do-first/

      • Sue Van Oosterom

        Hey David..thanks for your help..i had written to NBN Newcastle not expecting a reply but they said the new upgrade to the transmitters a few days ago at Gan Gan caused some trouble as the channels i lost were receiving from two different locations Gan Gan or Sugar Loaf..i tried a manual tune to 28 as advised and wham, it worked…i had previously tried 36 but it was no signal..anyway it is all foreign to me…but thanks..just in case someone else in this area asks you xxxxxxx

        • Ah yep thanks for that info. It’ll be useful for someone else I’m sure!

          There has definitely been a lot of confusion as the digital upgrades and retunes have been rolling out around the country. It’s particularly complicated in areas where there are multiple transmitter sites.

          I’m planning to put together a complete listing of all the transmitter sites and channels at some point soon.

          • Sue Van Oosterom

            Well just after I messaged you we lost ABC and SBS so i have no idea what channel to manually tune them to…..you have chosen a very tricky ever changing career….you wont get bored xxxx

          • You could try this Australian Government site that should tell you what’s available from your location: https://myswitch.digitalready.gov.au/

          • Sue Van Oosterom

            Oh yeah…will do..cheers

  • Kim Atkins

    Hi David we are building a new house in Grange SA and I am wondering how many tv points I should install or is it best to use a set top box for some of the locations. We will have T.V’s in Lounge room, study, alfresco, rumpus and master bedroom (5 total) what do we need for this set up. All tv points or some with set top box or use pc? We do have one smart tv, so do we need a tv point for it? Do we need to install an aerial?

    • While you could probably get away with all internet based TV options these days, for most people I’d recommend installing an antenna for Digital TV. I’d almost certainly put a TV antenna point everywhere you expect to have a TV. I’d also recommend putting in a fixed wired LAN ethernet point(or 2) at every location you expect to have a TV, wired back a central point possibly in the garage. This future proofs you for internet based TV options like Netflix and Foxtel in the future over NBN.

  • Kerry

    Hi David

    A friend of mine has decided she doesn’t want foxtel anymore. She lives in a set of town houses and said that the body corporate had the television antenna upgraded she thinks (possibly for digital but I don’t know). There is currently one foxtel outlet near the main TV in the lounge but no antenna outlet.

    The rooms upstairs have a TV antenna socket and they are able to get reception via these outlets.

    In the garage there is a locked TELSTRA box where both of the cables go into. We tried using a foxtel to TV converter but is says no stations found when trying to auto tune. We are thinking of splitting the tv cable once it comes out of the box and putting in a new TV antenna lead up to the main TV. Is that OK?

    She is a single Mum so looking at the most economical way to do it.

    Many thanks in advance

    Kerry

    • Yep if you can find the TV antenna cable that feeds the upstairs antenna sockets and split it with a 2 way splitter it should work fine.

      It can be a bit hard to identify which cable it is in a complicated set up if they’ve setup the complex to share one Foxtel cable feed and one antenna feed. You could probably also switch the cable that feeds the lounge Foxtel outlet from the Foxtel input to the antenna input, but you’d need access to the locked box to do that.

      • Kerry

        Yes I thought that would be preferable but as I don’t have the key will do the two way splitter as you suggest. It’s easy to see which is the cable going to upstairs as opposed to other so that is okay. I don’t think there is any power supply but if so will turn that off. Would that be a risk?

        Many thanks for your assistance.

        Kerry

        • There shouldn’t be power on the TV cabling, but in case of any faults in wiring it’s always a possibility. Disconnecting any power supplies is a good idea before cutting any cables. You could also turn the power off at the master switch as a precaution.

  • Karen Webber

    Hi David. I’ve just moved into a house and there are a lot of screw in type antenna cables. I only have plug in type tvs so bought the adapters. We’ve hooked the tvs up to each of the points to test which one is the tv cable but they all come back saying weak or no signal. There’s an antenna on the roof but we can’t seem to get the connection to it. Not sure what the previous owners had – foxtel or what. Can you tell me what to do? Thanks Karen

    • In most houses, screw in type antenna points are usually for pay TV, either satellite or cable. They are sometimes used for free to air, but usually not. Are there any points that are the old normal push in style?

      I have seen a few houses where the previous owners have only used Foxtel therefore had none connected to the antenna.

      There is also another possibility, particularly worth checking if there is no Foxtel dish or cable connection on the outside of the house. Does the antenna have a small grey box on the pole? If so this is likely an amplifier. Amplifiers typically use a plug in power supply that goes onto one of the sockets. Previous owners or tenants usually accidentally take it with them. It’s easy enough to get a replacement power supply and then you’d have to try each socket to see which one(s) it works from.

      • Karen Webber

        Thanks very much for this. I got an antenna guy in and you’re right! The previous tenants took the power supply! Hard lesson to learn at $145 for the antenna guy and the power supply, but at least the tv is working now!
        Cheers and thanks again!

        Karen Webber

  • John Madelly

    I am in Mossy Point, half way between Batemans Bay and Moruya. I often have the signal drop out for the SBS affiliated channels and occasionally ABC. It appears to be worse when there is a high wind but appears to only affect the channels above, particularly SBS. Could it be that these channels are on a lower strength signal and I require a bigger arial? What other things may affect that reception?

    • It is likely those channels are on a different frequency that may be more affected by signal problems. Breakups and dropouts in windy conditions usually tells me that the antenna has a fault. It may have a bad connection that is getting interrupted as the antenna moves in the wind. Certain frequencies may be affected more than others.

      If it is a relatively new antenna, perhaps it’s just a weak signal that is just getting disrupted a bit by the movement. First thing I always suggest is replace the cable that goes from the wall to the back of the TV. Bad fly leads can lose a lot of signal, enough to turn a marginal signal into a bad signal that is more easily affected by weather. See this article: https://www.digitaltvhelp.com.au/my-digital-tv-reception-is-bad-what-to-do-first/

  • Robyn Waller

    My sister has Foxtel (satellite) and now cannot get 7two. Can she install an aerial and use her tv as a standard unit to get FTA channels (and still keep her Foxtel when she wants to use it). This is mainly because 7 shows most of the tennis on 7two not their main channel – she is a tennis buff

    • Yep, in fact it’s my recommended set up. Depending on the the Foxtel product, the free to air channels aren’t necessarily as good a picture quality as if you got them over the aerial. The house might already have an antenna setup, so you just need to connect a TV Fly Lead(you can get one at bunnings) from the socket to the aerial input on the back of the TV. Then just select the TV source using the remote control and run the Digital TV Setup process on the TV.

  • Matty Jordan

    Hi David, I have a question.

    I live in a older apartment and I have a Digital TV and a Antenna – I am struggling to get any good pictures on this alone.

    I have this on my wall in the lounge and I don’t know if this is a old style TV wall antenna socket or not?

    If it is, what can I do to convert it so my TV can work?

    I would appreciate your answer hugely!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b408c378765072e14d51415040ebf6388cbd0af826bca8664fe0d10582728c7.jpg
    Thanks

    Matt

  • Prince Lapson

    i am in kenya and i have bought digital tv dish mounted it at the top of my house but now i cannot receive signals, help me pliz

    • David Findlay

      Unfortunately I don’t know anything about satellite. My site is focused on Australia, which is where my expertise is.

  • ian Mac

    Do I need a special fly lead to connect from the wall to my TV. (Digital attenna installedI have been living outside Australia for nearly 10 years and now I am back I am trying a number of old fly leads I had for analog with no or poor signal- are they the same or does digital need a different type of fly lead? Thank you

    • Hi Ian, Sorry I thought I’d replied to this one. You don’t need a different type of lead, just a good quality one. Older types of fly leads break internally very easily. Look for an RG6 Quad Shield fly lead, with crimped F connectors on the ends and adaptors for PAL male on each end.

  • Phillip Dixon

    Hi David have moved into a rental property which only has a Foxtel port for the antenna. Can I run the free to air stations without having to get a Foxtel decoder? Hope this makes sense! Thanks. Liz

    • David Findlay

      Even though Foxtel carries free to air channels, they’re carried in a Foxtel signal that needs to be decoded by a Foxtel box and as far as I’m aware they’ll only work if you have a paid subscription.

      However, in some premises where there is Foxtel and a terrestrial antenna, the signals for both can be sent to TV points over the same cable. Usually this is in units or apartments though. If this is the case, you could just connect a TV fly lead with an F connector on one end and a PAL male connector on the other and plug it into your TV and it’d work.

      Otherwise if it’s just a Foxtel connection that comes from cable in the street or a Foxtel dish, then no it won’t work.

  • David

    There is an unused wall socket in another room in the house, how do I transmit it to my TV.

    • Only real practical option is to use a long fly lead. You could put a set top box there and use a wireless video transmitter, but it’s not a good option.

  • Greg M

    Hi, I read your page about how the pro’s test the strength of the signal, just wondered if Just wondered if it was worth getting an eBay cheapie signal tester to help fix my dodgy reception? Eg:

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Digital-Finder-Mini-TV-Antenna-DVB-T-Aerial-Terrestrial-Signal-Meter-Strength-/162498809498?hash=item25d5af0e9a:g:mSgAAOSwjL5ZB09L

    • Yes and no. These types of signal meters will help you find the correct direction to point the antenna. What they won’t do is identify other issues that may make the signal in your location poor quality.

      For instance issues may be caused by hills or reflections off of buildings. A meter just tells you how strong the signal is. If you are behind a hill the signal may be the same across 20-30 degrees of the horizon. You won’t be able to tell where the best is.

      However if it’s just a fairly simple situation it’ll definitely help you point the right direction. How far away are you from the TV towers and are you surrounded by hills?

      • Greg M

        I’m not sure how far I am from the towers (how do I tell?), but I’m apparently in a strong signal area (eastern suburbs at bottom of the hills in Perth). No other hills around. My antenna however is actually inside our
        tin roof, so I assume this is the main issue. Send to have gotten worse in the last 12 months though.

  • Mark

    Hi David. Was wondering if there is a solution for changing channel on my Foxtel box without having to open TV cabnate door..? Maybe a mini aerial I could buy to poke through a small opening on the top of cabnate..?

  • Richard

    Hi David,
    I have just got Optus Fetch TV with multiroom but have hit a snag. I am able to get FTA in my study, lounge, spare bedroom & main bedroom. I set up the first Fetch box in the spare bedroom, no probs got all the FTA channels etc., however, when I set up the next box in the lounge room, no FTA at all….. Very confusing as we can get FTA via the TV right next to the new Fetch box just switching the cable. I have swapped Fetch boxes around and yep the one from the Lounge gets FTA in the spare bedroom, so both get FTA in the spare bedroom, neither get FTA in the Lounge however the TV gets FTA using the same wall socket and cable. Any ideas as this is doing my head in, thanks

    • Richard

      Late last night I got the mighty box FTA working in the Lounge.

      My home uses wired network connections almost everywhere so that’s how the Fetch boxes were connected. Late last night while I was still trying different settings I added our home wifi. Before retiring defeated, I thought I’d run the FTA channel search, eureka, the search found all FTA channels.

      I have no idea why wifi would influence FTA but that’s about the only thing I really changed last night before it found the FTA channels.

  • Robert Borwell

    Hi David,
    Having trouble with reception since moving TV into a new room.
    Coax cable run from previous TV location, which is where the external TV aerial lead went to.
    Used multi-meter to check for any shorts and found a couple. No success with reception
    Purchased a cheap signal strength meter. Found no signal at new coax outlet and only one green light at internal end of aerial lead (about 8m into roof, from aerial). Purchased an amplifier, now have 3/4 green lights at TV outlet. Amplifier also checks for shorts and indicates there are none.
    Tried tuning both the large house (Samsung) and the caravan portable TV’s, neither locked in any channels.
    I had no problems with the reception at the previous TV location.
    Any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  • Elizabeth R

    Hi David, I have foxtel connected, can I get reception in another room away from the IQ without having to get another box installed?

  • Cindy Sharp Dempsey

    We have an Antenna that is powered through the coaxial cable. We have left the satellite cabling system in place and would like to get a splitter to get signal on 4 TVs. Do you have any suggestions of what type of splitter will work?