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Old 02-25-2019, 08:54 AM   #1
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TV stations disappear at night?

Own a 2011 Berkshire 390QS. I have noticed this happening on this coach as well as my last camping trailer. Using the installed TV antenna on the roof & pointing it in the proper direction for good reception, then programming the TV to receive channels, I get as many as 35 channels during day light hours. As the sun sets, those same channels disappear & cannot be retrieved. Now I have about 10 channels. Why does this happen?

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Old 02-25-2019, 09:36 AM   #2
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I've heard that some LED lights have been known to cause interference with TV signals. Which you would likely only have on at night.

May also have something to do with the signals traveling better during the day vs. at night but I don't know the science behind it.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:08 AM   #3
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Iwritecode is correct, the LED lights can be the problem, .... we have two ceiling lights in the bathroom controlled by one wall switch, even though they each have their own switch at the light itself, ... we've discovered one light affects one channel and the other affects another channel, ... aggravating, sure, but knowing it, we just be sure the certain light is turned off, problem solved, ... play with your LED's and you'll probably find the culprit
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:41 AM   #4
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As an old CB'r, have always known that atmospheric conditions change between daylight and nighttime hours. I experience the same thing in my TT at certain local CG's. I would see the same thing happen with my CB's way back then, but with a CB I was able to get more distance at night as apposed to daytime. People are also correct with the LED interference as a possible cause.
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Was it after they played the national anthem? Just kidding. Remember those days though? "This concludes our broadcasting day. Thank you for tuning in."
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:05 AM   #6
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Yes, we have several threads on rfi (radio frequency interference) and LED lighting. See if that is what happens, when you turn the lights on.

I'll try to to find you some of these threads or you can search on rfi.
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:23 AM   #7
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As an old CB'r, have always known that atmospheric conditions change between daylight and nighttime hours. I experience the same thing in my TT at certain local CG's. I would see the same thing happen with my CB's way back then, but with a CB I was able to get more distance at night as apposed to daytime. People are also correct with the LED interference as a possible cause.

Many radio and TV stations are required to reduce transmitting power at night to keep their signal from interfering with stations in other parts of the world using the same frequencies.

It has to do with the skywave being reflected back to earth from the ionosphere which can change in altitude as the land below it is heated or cooled.

Yes, RFI from inside one's RV can interfere. Easy to tell though. Turn on radio and set to an AM station. Switch on LED lights and see if you can still hear the station noise free. Do likewise with another RFI noise generator, the inverter.
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Old 02-25-2019, 11:28 AM   #8
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A few previous threads on rfi:

Television problems

TV/ light outage?

Television goes out when you turn on lights
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Do not believe it is the LED lights. Had his same problem at night when we had our older camping trailer which had no LED lights. I believe it is the night time atmospheric conditions that create the issue.
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