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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.
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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christine gibby Thursday 14 April 2011 4:26PM
I have a portable humax tv in the kitchen which runs off an indoor ariel as there is no tv point. It is digital, we have just lost bbc 2, so I switched the tv from analogue to digital mode. We recieve perfect bbc channels including bbc freeview channels bout cannot get any itv, channel 4 or 5. The message is no signal or signal scrambled. What do I have to do to recieve all channels? Our other tv, also digital, runs perfectly in another room, but it is plugged into the main wall ariel socket. Thankyou for your help.
pam: Are you able to install a loft aerial? Though not recommended for freeview reception you would usually have better results from a loft aerial than one placed in the room which is prone to signal variation caused by people walking about as well as being closer to interference sources in the home. On the plus side The Digital UK postcode checker shows a strong signal from the Keighley transmitter is expected at your location both now and after switchover. Remember to set any aerial for vertical polarisation (rods vertical) when using this transmitter.
have a loft aerial for main telly in living room so may need to link in to it for daughters bedroom tv. we had no problems until they started to update the transmiter daughter was able to get all channels on her top box till then. thank you for your reply
I have a digital TV in my bedroom with built in freeview using an indoor aerial. I could get all the channels perfectly then the other morning they all disappeared saying no signal. I retuned the TV automatically and it recovered most of the channels except for ITV and channel 4 and 5 etc - has something changed in my area which is Nottingham? or do I need another aerial though the one I had was working fine before?
Hi, My old kitchen telly (works off indoor aerial standing on top of it) is dying so I want to buy a new Free View or Free Sat TV to replace it so we're ready for the digital switch over. There is no link to the roof top aerial in the kitchen (nearest link is 3 rooms away where we have SKY too). Is it the height of a rooftop aerial that's important or being outside? Could something on the patio (on a hanging basket hook) be as effective or not? Or am I better to focus on working on getting the signal through from the sitting room? We're renting our house so we're limited in what we can do.
Ruth - Dependent om where your SKY dish is located it may be an easier option to bring a feed cable from that to a "Freesat" receiver in the kitchen. Your options may be more complex by virtue of you residing in a rented property. Probably best to consult the factor/rental agency beforehand if this means bringing wires through walls etc.
I have a digital TV in my bedroom with built in freeview using an indoor boosteraerial. I could get all the channels perfectly then the other morning when I tried to retune, they all disappeared and get a message saying "no signal". I am in Central Scotland.
Also have TV with Freeview box in another bedroom with same booster aerial which I was able to retune sucessfully a few days earlier.
brian bought a one for all indoor aeeial from argos 46 digitalaerial as thought with being elect powered it would work. Got nowhere i can have loft aeeial. Connected freeviewbox . Cant get to work. Without though norm tv work post code ng18 5 sl. Help
I live in Falkirk area my TV set is Techika 19" with built in Freeview + DVD (Tesco)we are covered by Blackhill trans using indoor Arial plugin SLX digitop with built in booster. In May this system received over 90 Freeview channels with no problems now only get 24 channels and no terrestrial TV.I have tried retuning several times, unplugging system any ideas what is wrong
I have just erected a summerhouse and want to have TV in there. I'd rather not run coax cable all the way down the back garden (most of it is paved). Am I best finding a way or would an outdoor ariel work?
First just try it with an indoor aerial.
If your summerhouse has a window pointing towards the transmitter, put it there.
Your summerhouse may not be strong enough to support a big out door aerial, but a small waterproof one should be ok.
If your summerhouse is a long way from your house you will lose some of the signal down a long coaxial cable and will need an aerial amplifier.
Another option would be to use a satellitedish. I use one I got from Maplin that is meant to be used with a caravan.
Barry: Reception as one would expect can be very iffy up in these areas, however if you are spending time in Gairloch itself then all you need to receive the local Badachro transmitter is a standard log periodic aerial, as indeed is used by many caravan & camper vans, with the signal from the aforementioned transmitter blasting in according to the trade predictor based on the local Post Office.
Matter of fact space permitting, you could even take a simple set top aerial and still get satisfactory results, but the aerial mentioned was suggested as its suitable for covering various situations.
HELP. My son has just moved to a student house in Reading postcode RG13PB. His bedroom does not have an aeriel point connection to the roof top aeriel and the landlord will not install one. He tried an indoor aeriel but it couldnt find even one channel? It was a 45db aeriel.
Can you suggest anything please? Do you think an indoor aeriel should have worked? His TV has built in freeview.
I would be very gratful for any advice.
John the only solution could be to ask the landlord if your son can fit an aerial at his own expence. If he can get a local aerial man not an 0800 number or ask the landlord who he uses for his aerial work. Hope this helps
John: Well, on looking at the reception possibilities (using trade view) for the post code mentioned I would say its very doubtful if any reception would be possible using an indoor aerial of any sort, the nearest station I can see being Hannington @ 17 miles away on a bearing of 232 degrees from his location.
If he has a room of his own with a "South facing window" then one of these inexpensive portable Satellite kits would work indoors provided he could sit the dish tripod facing out of the unopened window, other than that there really isn't much that can be done, as is not until February 2012 onwards that the possibilities reception "might" start to improve.
By the way, these Satellite kits referred to plugs into the TV's rear scart socket.
Briantist / John: Yes, thanks Briantist, that's the type of kits I was meaning, or even the one that Aldi has in stock now and again, the dishes supplied with these are a bit on the small side for use in Northern parts of the UK (Scotland) as far as ease of alignment is concerned, but no problem in Southern areas.
I have a Technika DTV in my bedroom with a SLXA amplified set top aerial (roof or attic aerial not an option) on which the reception is brilliant on most channels except film4 in the evening; unless a taxi stops outside or there are people metal detecting on the beach 50 yards away where upon I lose the signal on pretty much every channel. What can I use to filter the reception to prevent this?
Quite so Briantist but as a roof top aerial is not an option available to me an Indoor aerial it must be. Do you know if there is something I can use to filter out occasional localised interference? The amplifier is set to low but it does make all the difference to a non-amplified aerial.
Julie: Mentioning your location would have been of assistance in determining what strength of signal you are liable to be receiving, but in answer to your question there really any form of filter you can use to help eliminate localised interference.
The only two things you can do is, "if" your rooms window faces in the direction of the transmitter then site the aerial at the window using an extension lead, and secondly, make sure that the aerial is orientated in the correct polarity for the transmitter, horizontal or vertical as the case may be, find this out by looking at roof aerials nearby.
The transmitter that you receive from "may" still be on low power prior to switchover, but as aforementioned this being where knowledge of your location (post code) would have enabled this to have been found out.
Julie: There are filters available for reducing e.g. taxi interference - "Google TVI filter" to see what the simple ones are like. For proper filtering, Vision make a V25-101.
There's a complication though for your setup - the filter needs to go between the aerial and any amplifier (to prevent input overload and subsequent distortion in the amp). With your SLx aerial, you can't insert the filter in the correct location, and adding the filter after the amplifier won't work (amplifier will still overload).
You could consider a non-amplifier set-top aerial (e.g. Telecam TCE2000) connected to a filter and then have a separate amplifier.
I've yet to see an amplified set-top aerial that incorporated a decent filter.
Jm F: Yes, you are quite correct about that type of filter, but the reason I didn't mention it was because that any filter no matter what its intended for, can have the effect of slightly reducing the signal that's wanted going through it at the same time as suppressing the one that isn't wanted, and although under normal reception circumstances this could safely be disregarded, however in Julie's case her reception doesn't give the impression of being very good in the first place I didn't want to suggest anything that would be liable to reduce it further.
Nothing to stop her trying it though if she chooses!
Have you got a south facing garden or somewhere you could hide a freesatdish, film 4 available on that for free and it would stop you having an aerial on the roof, strange some people complain about an aerial and not a dish and visa versa
Jan Harbidge Tuesday 23 August 2011 11:30AM Leigh-on-sea
Hi, can someone help me with this please? I currently have a small HD ready tv in the spare room; it's connected to an AC adaptor via a DC in plug at the rear of the TV which is then plugged into the mains. It is also plugged into a small digital indoor aerial. The reception is poor but it's only a spare Tv and it does not bother me that much, however,because I have just upgraded a TV I tried plugging in the newer Hitachi HD ready TV but this one does not have the DC in portal and when just using the TV mains plug and the digi indoor aerial I receive a blue screen; showing no signal. There is not an option for the DC in Ac adaptor to be plugged in. Is that essential? I only want to use it as a spare as it has an integral DVD player which is why I want to use it. What am I doing wrong? Thanks. Jan
louiza: Indoor aerials are always a bit hit and miss, but it is worth a try. You will have to buy a digibox anyway to view anything on an analogue telly after the analogue transmitters are switched off. You are predicted to be able to have good reception from the Wharfedale transmitter after 7th September 2011 on Mux BBCA (the BBC channels), and from 21st September 2011 on Mux D3+4 (ITV1&2, C4, C5 etc) If you have a window facing East at which you can point the aerial, it should help with reception.
our flat screen tv in the kitchen worked okay before with an indoor arial and a booster. Now that analogue's been switched off in Nottinghamshire, so have all the channels despite trying to retune. What do we need to do to get them back?
Hi, I have a samsung 932mw monitor that works as a tv, where i live both of the other tvs have indoor aerials and work ok, i would like to know what do i need to set it up n get freeview and if an internal aeria will do for it, thanks
Good morning all. I live in Central London and receive of BBC1,BBC2, ITV1 and Ch4 but not Ch5. This probably means that the aerial looks at Crystal palace which from what I have gathered it does not transmit Ch5? I also do not receive any Freeview channels despite having a new tv. Its a Logik one with a build in freeview tunner. Is changing the aerial going to solve this problem or I can recieve freeview with boosted indoor aerial? a new tv will help? Thanks in advance
Achilleas: The trade predictor on your code indicates that you should be able to have good reception from Crystal Palace, unless that is you are in an area noted locally as being a black spot for reception.
What type of aerial are you using, or more importantly where is it installed?