WIN OR LOSE: Michelle Hawkins is backing New South Wales tonight, but win or lose, she is not happy about TV reception on State of Origin night.
WIN OR LOSE: Michelle Hawkins is backing New South Wales tonight, but win or lose, she is not happy about TV reception on State of Origin night. Renee Pilcher

Bad TV reception disrupts Origin viewing

DIGITAL television reception is just plain rubbish, on one channel or another, in many parts of the Gympie region, viewers have claimed.

But tonight there is only one channel that matters to most Queenslanders.

That is the one broadcasting the crucial State of Origin match, which Queensland needs to win to remain in contention for another winning series.

The New South Wales victory in the first game of this season was good news for Cooloola Cove Cockroach supporter Michelle Hawkins.

The bad news was she missed critical minutes of the game when her screen went to pixels and then "no signal".

Coast Origin fans had been complaining about WIN TV reception this footy season.

Tin Can Bay's Grant Heard can see the retransmission tower from his front veranda and has possibly the best line of sight imaginable.

The WIN transmission module is in the water tower just across the road, and up a little, between his home and the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel.

That is where we found Ms Hawkins pouring beers over the bar and backing customers' concerns about reception.

She backs Mr Heard's claim that reception is unreliable, especially around State of Origin o'clock.

"Yesterday there was no reception on any channel," she said of her Cooloola Cove home.

"I thought the TV was broken, but it was the reception.

"The day after the State of Origin, there were so many people in here fuming," she said.

The Gympie Times contacted WIN Television on May 23. A spokeswoman said technical experts were not available, but would get back to us. We are still waiting.