4G at 800 MHz across parts of the Midlands & North Wales

With more4G networks roll-out across the UK. There is a small chance this may cause disruption to Freeview services. at800 may send postcards to addresses in:

Melton Mowbry; Corby; Mansfield; Abergele, Betws-y-coed, Llandudno and Llanfairfechan, Conwy and Bangor and Caernafon, Gwynedd

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Show-stopper talks – EC 2015

The National Motorcycle Museum was certainly all revved up on the 21st May when it attracted the great and the good of the broadcast industry to see and hear all that is going on in signal reception across the UK. CAI Chairman Les Hampson opened proceedings to pave the way for one of the most formidable line-ups of speakers seen since the peak of digital switchover. Simon Ayers was first on the podium to herald a new dawn of CAI recognition as the scheme operator for TrustMark – the government endorsed standards for UK service trades-folk. Simon presented the history and the benefits for installers along with his aspirations for the growth of TrustMark with CAI now on board for TV installations. Next up, senior executive of the CAI, Tim Jenks introduced one of the keynote talks of the day with special guest Jane Humphries OBE. Jane said she’d enjoyed a healthy relationship with the CAI since we embarked on a reputable pathway for installers during digital switch with the birth of the digital tick. She then gave us a potted history of her 40 year career in top-fight government civil service culminating with her view of the rosy future for our industry as we embrace spectrum change.   Andy Carr from Freesat followed with his very sharp perspective on how the install industry can embrace more from free-to-air satellite. Following a break, the BBC’s Mark Waddell gave his view as BBC lead researcher on the advancement of WSD, LTE and UHF TV. He was followed by last minute addition Alex Buchan from the DTG who is producing the new ‘R-Book’ with the latest updates on TV reception issues relating to imminent UHF spectrum changes. Thomas Wrede was next from SES with the creaping advances that are Ultra High Definition TV. Gordon Murdoch from Jelf Insurance laid it on the line about the new pension law that means all employers have to have a pension scheme in place and Peter Madry held up the rear with a well-attended brief on where Ofcom are heading as far as the regulatory approach to all that’s happening with our UHF spectrum.

All in all a superb, well-received programme. The transcripts of what was presented can be found on the following link, http://www.cai.org.uk/information/events/evolving-connectivity-2015-the-review.

The Final Countdown – it’s show-time!

NMMIn the UK’s fastest developing service sector it has never been more imperative to stay up-to-date on what areas are moving the quickest. The show hosted by the CAI at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 21st May is now the only surviving national event serving the signal distribution industry.   Evolving Connectivity (2015) has developed its own evolution by covering everything related to content delivery in the home. The show that began nearly 40 years ago as simply a trade fair for aerial manufacturers has evolved in the fastest changing landscape of all - consumer electronics. This has included, terrestrial UHF TV, direct-to-home satellite, the switch to digital and now the connected home via broadband.

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4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 24 April

Mobile phone operators are now rolling out 4G networks across the UK to provide super-fast wireless broadband. The 800 MHz frequencies used by some 4G services are next to the frequencies used for Freeview. There is a small chance this may cause disruption to Freeview services.

Typical symptoms include a loss of sound, pixelated images or loss of some or all Freeview channels. Cable and satellite TV services are very unlikely to be affected.

at800 may send postcards to addresses in:

Penrith, Carlisle, Windermere, Kendal, Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Sherborne, Morecambe, Barrow-in-Furness, Boston, Oakham, Burry Port, Craigavon and Newtonabbey.

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Trusted with TrustMark & the CAI

In a consumer world more and more concerned with using reputable traders, the CAI proudly announced in March that it had been awarded TrustMark scheme operator status for our trade sector.

TrustMark is an organisation that operates a quality mark framework under which 30 Scheme OperatorsTM Colour Large Ticks jpeg work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. Members of the operator organisation, who can fulfil all the criteria, are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. The CAI has become one such scheme administrator.

We are therefore inviting all CAI members, competent to ‘CAI plus’ status, to apply for TrustMark approval and add what we at the CAI believe to be one of the largest benefits of membership for many years in our 37 year-long history as the lead body for the signal reception industry.

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TrustMark appoints CAI - The CAI becomes Scheme Operator

In what is a quantum leap for the its consumer profile the CAI has achieved scheme operator status for TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, enabling installers members to apply for TrustMark trustmark-logostatus so that they can be found by homeowners using the TrustMark post code search facility. In 2014 more than 7.2 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find expert tradespeople.

A mark of quality
TrustMark is a quality mark online trade register which operates a framework under which over 30 Scheme Operators work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent Scheme Operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark Scheme Operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these Scheme Operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.

Click to read more on the benefits, requirements and how to gain the TrustMark Accreditation > http://www.cai.org.uk/about-the-cai/cai-trustmark-scheme

The Construction Marketplace – East Sussex

East Sussex County Council are holding an event in Brighton for local construction environment businesses to meet main contractors such as Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty. This could be hugely beneficial to CAI members as signal reception and distribution are often overlooked by the building industry. In the long term this could be an opportunity for members to join the public sector framework supply chain around East Sussex. For all the details of the event click HERE.

ITV Transmitter Changes

ITV made technical changes at the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitter groups on 2 February. Viewers may need to retune to continue receiving some channels, including ITV1, where equipment does not update automatically. These changes are being made to ensure viewers receive the correct programming and advertising for their ITV region. Homes served by the Oxford transmitter group will receive ITV Meridian regional news consistently across ITV1, ITV1+1 and ITV HD. Changes will happen at the following multiplexes:

  • Oxford: D3&4 (PSB2), BBC B (PSB3)
  • Ridge Hill: D3&4 (PSB2)  

ITV will advise viewers of the changes via on-screen messages. Retuning help can be found on the Digital UK website at digitaluk.co.uk/retuning or call the Freeview advice line on 03456 505050.

ITV region details for DTT and satellite viewers

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