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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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Friday, 14 January 2011
3:47 PM

I get good freeview reception using old indoor aerial and booster EXCEPT IN WET WEATHER. How can wet weather problem be overcome?

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Mel's 1 post GB flag

4:17 PM

Mel: With a rooftop aerial.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
4:43 PM

I can't get any BBC channels on Freeview properly at the moment due to rain--and I HAVE A ROOFTOP AERIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Stefan's 7 posts GB flag
Ken Underwood
4:59 PM

Roof tiles absorb water and this will attenuate the signal getting to the aerial in the roof space, this is why your signal is good on a dry day.

Secondly if the signal is poor on a rainy day with a roof top aerial then the chances are that you have water in the co-ax cable and the only answer is to replace the cable

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Ken Underwood's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 16 January 2011
1:19 AM

I live in a council flat in Highbury Islington and I have a box for an antenna/aerial, radio,sat etc. in my living room. I just brought a Lcd Tv for my bedroom but there is no box for antenna in my room. I also have a freeview box but I can't connect it because of there isnt a connection for the antenna/aerial cable. i tried both digital and analog search/stream on my lcd but no channels comes up. what is my best alternative? Can the council install a box for me of should I source a handy man? I'm stuck, I need some advice.

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Dagame's 1 post GB flag

9:18 PM

hey dagame,
check with the council first or if you have a landlord as they may not want the signal cable drilled through the internal walls.
generally if ok in living room just get a splitter or booster and run a cable through yourself.
if not allowed the holes flats arnt that big why not get an av sender and use the same box in the living room and send the signal through to your bedroom no hassels.

ian 123 aerials oxford

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ian's 59 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
9:22 PM

hi there.i have been trying to set up a tv with built in freeview in my boys room,but as there is no aerial socket there(only one lead coming into the house from outside in living rm,which works fine downstairs)have tried with an slx gold digitop aerial with and without a signal booster attached.get bits and peices,but not all channels,in fact i have tried so many different angles,by the window,by the door etc and got so many variations of channels found by the tv,my head is spinning!is it possible to run a lead or two upstairs from the main lead that comes in to the living rm with some sort of attachment,was hoping to get tv in my room at some point too.cant drill holes in any walls,and cant add anything to the main rooftop aerial,without getting permission from landlord and even if he said yes i probably couldnt afford it!or would something like that(if it exists)mean we all ended up having to watch the same programmes?any other ideas i could try.any advice would be very much appreciated.thanks.

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bee's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 January 2011

8:49 AM

bee: Yes, you can run aerial cable internally with no problems at all. You shouldn't have to drill any holes, and you can usually fit them carefully so their have little visual impact.

You can get suitable cable (in various colours) from any number of stores such as Maplin, Argos and the like.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
4:45 PM

thank you so much briantist.that is fantastic news!
just to check,we will still be able to watch different channels in different rooms?
thanks once again.

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