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Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

No, an amplifier won't normally help with a Freeview signal. Can I suggest the following:

1. If you can raise the aerial up by an extra metre or so;

2. Check the direction of the aerial and that the it is either "vertical" or "horizontal" as required.

3. Check that all the connectors and cables are in good condition, look especially for stray wires from the outer shielding on the cable being loose;

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Tuesday 14 January 2014 10:17AM

Michel: Would a better aerial help? A carefully aligned new high gain wideband aerial and fresh cabling would probably improve it somewhat particularly if your aerial has been up for a number of years i.e. corrosion/water in cable etc.

Tuesday 14 January 2014 10:56AM

Michel: your very nice new tv (one of our favourites at work) is only 4 miles from Crystal Palace! In other words, your far more likely to be suffering from too high signal strength. If you search for 'too much of a good thing' on this website, you'll get a lot of guidance.

Check your signal strength, its probably very high, and the tuners are hating it. You can buy attenuators for less than £2 on Amazon, and they are £2.59 each from Screwfix. I got some fixed ones, which you can put in series if you want.

Tuesday 14 January 2014 11:48AM

Michael: I actually confused miles and km - according to the Digital UK tradeview, your actually less than 4 km away from the transmitter, which is even worse.

Tuesday 14 January 2014 12:09PM London

Thanks ever so much MikeB and Anthony. I'm off to Maplins now to get an attenuator. The service you provide is amazing, thanks again.

Saturday 5 April 2014 11:19AM Haverfordwest


My girlfriend's postcode is SA62 5SH and the signal she receives is atrocious - normally picking up less than ten channels in total. Is there anything we could do other than moving the aerial?


Saturday 5 April 2014 12:35PM

scott: Given your location, I would have thought that Freesat would be the best option for you to go for. See <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon" link icon Detailed comparison | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice for the full comparison.

Thursday 1 May 2014 9:05PM Manchester

My postcode is M30 9PU, I have recently moved here, NONE on my Tv's work from a booster ariel. at my recent address M30 7HQ they all worked perfectly, all 3 of them. I dont understand this, can anyone advise me. They are all digital freeview, and I would rather not have to sign up to sky or VM. thanks. (M30 9PU)

Thursday 1 May 2014 9:27PM

amanda: When you mention "booster aerial" where exactly is this aerial located? because should you be referring to an indoor type of the "same room as the TV" variety then this is unlikely to work at the location given.

If though the aerial is installed on the roof or in the loft and its feeding into a booster / distribution amplifier, then check that the power supply to the device is switched on.

Sunday 8 June 2014 4:35PM

I have a tv in the bedroom with an internal aerial but I can't pick up any channels. Somebody on here suggested I took the tv to the main aerial so that I could store channels in the memory then take it back to the bedroom and retune. This hasn't changed anything. Would a booster help or do I need a better aerial?!?

Sunday 8 June 2014 7:20PM

russ: If you have verified that the channels have indeed been stored in the TV whilst it was still connected into the main aerial and yet you are unable to view anything via the indoor aerial, then its extremely unlikely that any form of booster (no matter how powerful) would help the situation, as a booster would only have helped if you had managed to obtain a picture of sorts.

If at all possible, you would be better purchasing a two way powered splitter
and running a coax from its No2 outlet into the bedroom, its No1outlet used to feed
the main TV.

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