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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, 17 June 2011
alan wood
2:07 PM

I have a sky dish and was wondering if i could link that to my tv in the bedroom to receive a freeview signal, the tv in question has a built in freeview and we are 3 mile from idle moor transmitter

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alan wood's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 23 June 2011
11:17 AM

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

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Friday, 24 June 2011
Nick Gibbs
1:04 PM


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?


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Mark A.

1:33 PM
Haywards Heath

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 satellite dish. I use one I got from Maplin that is meant to be used with a caravan.

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Mark A.'s 374 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 26 June 2011
christine symonds
8:13 PM

have been getting all channels in my bedroom untill today and for some reason im just getting bbc channels now,,,please help dont know what to do !!!

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christine symonds's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
10:01 AM

hi, im going camping in the north west of scotland (gairloch).looking to take a tv with us what aerial would i need to get to watch free view?
thanks BARRY

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BARRY's 1 post GB flag

12:41 PM

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.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
8:25 PM

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.

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John's 2 posts GB flag

9:23 PM

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

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Mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
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9:26 PM

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.

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