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Indoor aerials

What do you do if you can't use an external aerial for Freeview?

What do you do if you can't use an external aerial for Freeview
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We have tested a number of indoor aerials, to investigate how well they work for Freeview reception.

Simple stick



The first is a small 20cm high simple stick aerial, costing a few pounds. This was found to give adequate reception of (16QAM-mode) Freeview channels in strong signal areas, especially outside.

However, unless it can be placed in direct sight of the transmitter an only unsatisfactory signal can be received.

Indoor Yagi

The second form of aerial is of the Yagi design of around 30cm length, costing around 10.

This aerial was slightly better than the simple stick design, largely because it can be directed to point at the transmitter and be positioned horizontally or vertically as required.

However, in poor signal areas the 64QAM channels were not received, and the aerial required good placement to get an uninterrupted Freeview signal.

Indoor Panel aerial

This was found to have around the same reception quality as the Indoor Yagi type, and cost around the same.

Indoor digital aerial with booster



Costing 25-30, the improvement of the signal provided by a modern internal TV aerial. Typically able to boost the signal by 36dB, this type of aerial when well positioned provided stable, uninterrupted Freeview reception on all channels.





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darren
Sunday 10 November 2013 10:10AM Newport

I tried putting aeriel in loft but no signal strength also outside but still the same also used splitter off tv next room any ideas

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Trevor Page
Tuesday 19 November 2013 9:24AM

Please can you advise simply what I should do to get back my channel 3 , 4 , 5 etc reception on freeview with my loft mounted aerial. It disappeared just 3 days ago - no previous problems with any channels

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MikeB
Tuesday 19 November 2013 10:39AM

Trevor Page: a postcode would be helpful, but in the meantime check all the connections.

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ann.farrar
Thursday 17 July 2014 12:30PM

I am leaving sky but have a recordable DVD player .How can I connect this up through my sky box to record when I moved here the sky eng messed it all up and sometimes it records but not others .

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sharealam
Thursday 17 July 2014 3:55PM

ann.farrar: you can connect it by scart lead.

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