[linux-dvb] Freecom usb DVB-T Tuning Success!!

Sid Boyce sboyce at blueyonder.co.uk
Sat Dec 3 23:29:33 CET 2005

mike choy wrote:
> Hi All
> I now have this working under SUSE 10.0 Stock kernel 2.6.13-15,
> Yast However will not find it, but driver loads, and as long as you put 
> the firmware into /lib/firmware.
> The problem seems to be that the USB stick is very sensitive. When 
> plugged into my aerial distribution system
> which works fine with several DVB Cards and several Freeview set top 
> boxes the signal is overwhelming the
> freecom device  under Linux (Under windows it works).
> I discovered this when I went to unplug the arial from the usb-dvb-t 
> stick and it tuned when the arial was not connected!!
> and was held approx 0.5cm away from the socket on the stick! how 
> sensitive is that!
> I then put the aerial downlead through a passive splitter, and hey 
> presto it came to life ( I assume this reduces the signal strength)
> Works fine in Kaffeine, Scans nicely.
> It also seems to be of very high quality and switches channels 
> V-fast.Channel guide works also
> Next stop multiple freecom sticks under Myth TV.
> Mike C

Interesting, may be that is the problem. On Monday I went to buy one, 
but was advised by the shop that they were useless either with the 
aerial it comes with or a full aerial mounted outside, I was further 
told that they were only useful if you were very close to the 
transmitters and I said that I thought they must have a high gain 
pre-amp if they are expected to work with the short whip aerial, the guy 
said no, they were useless. I wonder how close you are to the transmitters.
Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
Retired IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support 
Specialist, Cricket Coach
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