[mythtv-users] Strange DVB-T Interference Any Ideas

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Wed Dec 17 11:06:00 UTC 2008

David Brodbeck wrote:
> Mike Perkins wrote:
>> Have you considered birds? I get problems at certain times of year from the 
>> local flock of wood pigeons roosting on everyone's aerials. Not a lot you can do 
>> directly without getting up to the aerial and applying some kind of deterrent - 
>> like they use in town centres to keep pigeons off. (A shotgun may be a suitable 
>> alternative, I couldn't possibly comment.)
> At small airports rubber snakes are used to discourage birds from
> roosting on parked aircraft, with varying degrees of success.
> I've heard an owl decoy is sometimes successful at discouraging pigeons,
> but risks drawing attacks from crows.
> Bird spikes are effective but not practical for an aerial, as they'd
> detune it.
Round here all the bird spikes are plastic, I wouldn't have thought they'd make 
too much difference to the signal.

As for snakes, this is the UK, I doubt if most of the birds have ever seen a 
snake, so wouldn't consider one a danger.

Down the road one of the owners has a plastic owl perched on the back of his tv 
aerial, behind the reflector. The birds love it.

Seriously, an intermittent like the OP described might also mean a dodgy joint 
or water in the cable. Would be worth checking.


Mike Perkins

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