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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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Comments
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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MikeB
4:00 PM

Gui: Look at the digitaluk and terrain links below your question - your 22km from Black Hill. Thats not bad, but its an indoor aerial, which are normally pretty rubbish.

Indoor aerials work as well as they can - but at least try to get it as high as possible, and point it in the right direction. Then try tuning in the TV. Frankly, it might be OK, but if you can ask a neighbour to borrow their aerial for 10min while you tune it in, your better off than using the portable one initially.

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Friday, 15 December 2017
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Emma Wilkinson
9:14 AM Tonbridge

I want to put a tv in the kitchen but can't find an indoor aerial that gives me a decent signal. Our postcode is TN12 5AZ so should be able to get a signal from Bluebell Hill but signal is so weak cannot watch anything, even using aerials with up to 9 mile range. Main tv is via sky, bedroom tv is via attic aerial, pointed towards Bluebell Hill. Any suggestions?

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MikeP
5:25 PM

Emma Wilkinson:

As you are some 16km away from the Bluebell Hill transmitter an indoor aerial will be useless, as you have discovered.

The best solution is to have an active splitter added into the cable from your existing loft aerial with a new feed added down to the kitchen. That will allow both TVs to receive from Bluebell Hill without needing another aerial (which could have planning consent requirements). A local aerial contractor would do this for you - at a price. It's not something that an inexperienced amateur should attempt unless they are certain they know what to do and have the necessary tools, equipment and knowledge.



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