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Central heating interupts TV
number-1 - 30/12/19 at 10:13 PM

Is there anyone on here who can shed some light on a TV issue i have?

I have a sound bar and Virgin TV box connected to my TV. For some reason, when the central heating comes on the signal for the Virgin box is temporarily interrupted and a "No signal" thing comes on the TV for between 2 and 30 seconds. Sometimes i have to restart the Virgin box. The thermostat is about 2 meters from the TV

It has never done this before. The only thing that ive changed recently is the HDMI cable from the Virgin box to the TV. It has done this since changing. Could this be the cause? If so why??


adam1985 - 30/12/19 at 11:38 PM

Do you have a wireless room stat or heating controller near the tv? Did the old hdmi lead have ferrites on the end and does the new lead have these?

Ps im no expert just thinking about obvious solutions


steve m - 31/12/19 at 08:24 AM

Think I would try the old hdmi lead and see if it still happens

Fwiw worth, my upstairs virgin box lost most of the HD channels that I watch after I did a tidy up of the cables, and new 35 each hdmi cables that I got free with my TV

Yet when I put the poundshop ones, yes 1 for an hdmi cable, all stations were restored

steve


ianhurley20 - 31/12/19 at 09:33 AM

Lots of things emit RF - radio frequencies - on all sorts of frequencies and interfere with various bit of equipment. It would appear that your central herating is emitting RF and your new HDMI cable is a better aerial than the old one so picks up the unwanted signal better which upsets your Virgin box. Part of the problem is also your Virgin boxes ability to reject RF. I would put the old cable back. You can get a magnet which is clamped onto the cables usually with one turn of cable around it which will upset the unwanted RF. I used to be a radio ham and they were in common use for just this sort of thing, probably still available on Radio ham suppliers sites and maybe ebay

This sort of thing https://hamradiostore.co.uk/amateur-radio/antennas/antenna-accessories/baluns/pro-audio-ferrite-snao-on-core.html

[Edited on 31/12/19 by ianhurley20]


number-1 - 31/12/19 at 04:57 PM

Thanks for the replies chaps.

Well, every day is a school day!!!!

I will put the old cable back on and see if it still does it.


HowardB - 31/12/19 at 06:05 PM

quote:
Originally posted by ianhurley20
Lots of things emit RF - radio frequencies - on all sorts of frequencies and interfere with various bit of equipment. It would appear that your central herating is emitting RF and your new HDMI cable is a better aerial than the old one so picks up the unwanted signal better which upsets your Virgin box. Part of the problem is also your Virgin boxes ability to reject RF. I would put the old cable back. You can get a magnet which is clamped onto the cables usually with one turn of cable around it which will upset the unwanted RF. I used to be a radio ham and they were in common use for just this sort of thing, probably still available on Radio ham suppliers sites and maybe ebay

This sort of thing https://hamradiostore.co.uk/amateur-radio/antennas/antenna-accessories/baluns/pro-audio-ferrite-snao-on-core.html

[Edited on 31/12/19 by ianhurley20]


What he said - and once a Ham, always a Ham!

I noticed that the screwfix ones have built in ferrites - and they are half the price of conventional shop ones,..

HNY


overdriver - 1/1/20 at 04:01 PM

Can't really add a solution but I can share the experience. Central heating, blender being operated from a wall socket, kitchen lights being switched on or off and for absolutely no discernible reason we will get the 'No signal' screen. Usually this is for a few seconds but on occasions the channel is totally lost for a considerable time; exactly how long I'm not sure but long enough for me to lose patience and find something else to watch!

Almost invariably this loss of signal is restricted to HD channels. I have checked all aerial connections and tried different 'fly leads'. I've also got the set plugged into the mains via a surge protector socket. The set is a Panasonic Viera with the only connected device being a Panasonic sound bar which is connected via HDMI cable. Further to the previous postings I'll try playing around with the HDMI lead/magnet/Screwfix alternatives etc.

Finally, I notice that the current high barometric pressure is being blamed for loss of Freeview reception. So, although this doesn't explain the historical occurrences, perhaps I'll put off trying to rectify matters for now.......... at least until the weather changes...... and all the mince pies have gone.

Michael.