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Although we live near the Whitehawk, Brighton transmitter, due to high buildings we get our TV reception from Isle of Wight. During recording on our less than year-old Sony RDR 100 we notice that the picture and sound freeze, then pick up again. We have pit this down to atmospherics, but are concerned whether it is the HD. Any thoughts?

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If the signal level drops too low, the picture will freeze followed by the sound track.
I would say that if the RDR was faulty, it would not playback properly either on a more permannent basis.

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