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  1. Not sure where your figures are from - Antenna or wall plate. Because you have a booster in the system worth testing at the antenna without booster. Testing with a booster can cover up an antenna reception issue. General Rule is good readings for one TV point then boost for multiple points. If this is fine then another possibility is external interference such as phone towers, ham radio etc. Also if there are trees around the line of the antenna - dew at dusk can cause issues for night time reception - Another thought is if your readings are at the wall plate the booster (What type is it - Masthead or distribution) may be set too high. I work on around 60-63db at the wall plate. Boosters set too high are more susceptible to picking up any local reception noise- Hope this helps!
  2. Faulty box that never crossed my mind as a possibility - Thanks for letting us know & hopefully that will resolve the issue!!
  3. Yes the electronics in the LNB create each output as if they are separated. Power is sent to the LNB from the VAST or Austar box & depending on the voltage sent each LNB output switches between V (13V) & H (18V). The STB controls the power based on the channel selected. Yes also to a multi-switch.
  4. Yes - I have also done this. Also because VAST only uses the V polarity you only need to run one cable from the LNB then if you need other TV points connected (Each requiring there own VAST box) you can use a satellite splitter in the roof space.
  5. Looks right but Local Knowledge may help here. Amp does filter above & below the frequencies required. Jaycar Price - Ouch! If you were to pay there price I would phone a local installer who would do some testing plus install amp for not much more Check out Radio Parts - Model: MHW35FP & KPS06 Masthead Kit for same amp & Power Supply. If you want to DIY let us know so we can provide some install advice.
  6. It looks like you are receiving an adequate reception to other devices. My guess is your signal levels @ the wall-plate are around 45-47db with OK picture quality readings. I question the 35db stated by Foxtel. But also now that an adjustment to the antenna has been made. Test Try bypassing the splitter by buying a f to f joiner & joining directly from the antenna to the line going to where the fox IQ box is located. By doing this it takes out the10db loss from the system that is created by the splitter. Then check whether you are now receiving FTA on Fox IQ . If so it indicates that your system signal is just below what the IQ box requires. This means that you may require an amp to boost around 10-15db. If so Look for an Masthead amp 20-30db gain with an LTE filter with adjustable gain controls & switchable between VHF/UHF & UHF only. Q. Splitter - Yes you can leave the power-pass splitter in place. One other consideration is whether you are using all 6 outlets if not reduce the splitter to only the number required.
  7. Further - As a general rule of Thumbs - Amps are needed when you have multiple points but not enough reception levels to cover the number required. But before installing an amp you must be able to achieve a quality reception for at least one TV point. If this isn't achieved then by adding an amp your only amplifing rubbish reception. It is like turning the volume up on a scratched CD it doesn't improve the sound it just sounds worse.
  8. I would be targeting 65-70db at the antenna, which should result 55-60 at the TV points. This is a very rough guide to achieve signal levels that don't require an amp. Signal level are only part of the deal. Good picture quality readings (BER & MER) are also very important to be achieved to provide a quality picture. Also Question - What was you general TV picture like before the Foxtel install? Were you getting picture breakup & no signal on channels? Because 35db is not enough to achieve much of a TV reception.
  9. Correct Antenna Check out the myswitch website as your area has three transmitters listed. Depending on the transmitter you are receiving from you may or may not have the correct Antenna. One requires VHF/UHF while the other two requires a UHF only. If the antenna pictured is trying to receive from the UHF only transmitter it will receive but not very well. Once your have checked &/or corrected the antenna & where it is receiving from. You may find it all works! With adding a masthead to a low signal (35db) won't give you more signal it will only make it worse. Antenna correction sounds like the key. I would also consider phoning several local installers (I am not local QLD) for pricing to correct you problem as they can take signal & quality readings to ascertain & quote on correct antenna & whether you even need an Amp, which you may find that they don't cost much or even less than trying DIY.
  10. Thanks - Good to know!!
  11. Well Done! - Hadn't thought of that - Yes LED's are showing up more regularly to be a pest for interference. From reading around it seems it is the EMI (Electromagnetic Interference also known as Radio Frequency Interference) levels that cause the problems. I would suggest talking to several Electricians & contacting your local lighting store. What you need is lights that emit low EMI. A starting point would be that the lights meet Aus Standards. But in saying this some reading indicates this isn't full-proof. Probably also if you buy from local store. You can return. Also from reading some forums price isn't a guarantee either. As I said I would make some calls to lighting suppliers (Eg. Hayman's, Beacon lighting) & sparkies. Also I assume from your initial post the TV cable is RG6 Quad shielded & the leads from TV to wall plates is also RG6 & all your connections are in good shape. I would also just try, if not already done, separating the TV cable away from the lighting cables in the roof space. May do nothing but might be worth trying!!
  12. Hi debruis - If I am reading you right are you creating a higher gain antenna from two same antennas phase stacked? If Yes - I am interested in your further thoughts & Info on installation requirements of Phase Stacking these antennas. Do they require specific separation distances & combining requirements eg. same length cabling to combing point? Also does this improve Signal Quality reading or just Signal Power? - Just wanting to learn more!!
  13. No sorry - North Brisbane/ Sunshine Coast Areas - And Sorry you have been burnt - Maybe Blackman maybe able to help - Not sure whether your locations are close!! Also Someone else from the forum maybe able to recommend someone local to you?
  14. Your problems sound like your channels are close to the digital cliff & different ones drop off at different times. Also Myswitch is a very general indicator of the area. The only info I use from Myswitch is the Technical info about frequencies & reception towers available to a specific address. Each house requires individual antenna system assessment. My advice don't do your own work, unless you can test for signal & quality reception. I have been to so many homes where it ended up costing the customer far more than was needed. Yes we charge but we also buy wholesale where they general public isn't normally able too. And some of the stuff sold retail is frankly rubbish & over priced - Not mentioning anywhere - Bunnings!! Whoops!! Reliable professional??? Not Easy - Sad isn't it in every trade today!! - Reliable doesn't mean they charge more just means they will do a thorough job!! I have found price is not an indicator of quality!! Word of mouth is better. One of the guys here on the forum, who cover your area, may help when your ready?
  15. A couple of, stab in the darks without readings, possibilities - 1. Clearly Visible Towers - Too Much Signal Power - Don't know the area but when customers tell me they can see the Towers clearly there maybe too much signal coming through, which can cause the same symptoms as if not enough - system may need attenuating 2. TV points replaced - If cable wasn't replaced - Just wall-plates - could be cable, connections or faulty splitter - try swapping TV's over. 3. Reception Quality - Signal levels are less important than Quality readings (BER & MER). Can be affected by Antenna Type, position & everything else in the system Why one TV & not the other? Maybe no.2 exists but just because they are both same branding they may have different tuners. One may have a narrow Signal & Quality sweet spot. Where the other copes better with poor signal & quality reception. Why at certain times of the day? Maybe outside or inside interference but could also just another indicator that your reception is cliff edge - Too high or Loo - No. 1-3 above Hope this Info helps!!