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What price for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial installation?

What prices have you been quoted and paid for an aerial install
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In responses to the guideline I posted about how much having a new aerial fitted should cost, Ian Grice posted: "£40-£50? Every aerial fitter I contacted wants at least £150+VAT considering you can get a class 3 aerial for under £10 and a class 2 for under £15 and cable is 40p a metre why are they charging so much for 30 minutes work?"

OK, for some places putting up a TV aerial is hard work, such as multi-story properties. As many people will simply be exchanging a Group A, B, C/D, E or K aerial for a wideband type, often without changing the supporting pole or cable, a high price cannot be justified.

I am concerned that some companies will exploit vulnerable groups (such as the elderly).

So, I what prices have you been quoted for aerial installations? What price have you paid for installation?

Do you know of any companies to avoid? Do you know of any companies that are good value for money?

Or do you work for a great aerial installation company?

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Thursday, 2 February 2012
8:29 PM

Malcolm Martins
If you had any decency as the above was no fault of Broadland Aerials may I suggest you do the right thing and apologise on here you were all to quick to point the finger..

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Peter's 1 post GB flag

8:50 PM

I have known Trevor at Broadland Aerials for many years, what you are saying Malcolm just doesn't ring true. This is not the guy that I know and respect. But I do accept Trevor's version of events as to what actually happened. Malcolm if you had used defamatory words against me in a similar vein I would be checking you post, because I would be suing you at this minute. Do not slag somebody off for doing all the right things, when all you wanted to do was spend as little as possible even though you knew it was wrong. Be glad you were not one of my customers, because I would nail you through the Courts.

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Ian's 170 posts GB flag

8:56 PM

Malcolm Martins, you wrote, 'The signal with an amplifier was too strong, and although it was working when the new aerial was fitted, at 70db signal strength,the signal strength is now more.'

How do you know that it is 70dB, (capital 'B' by the way) do you have a meter, and if so, make and model!

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Ian's 170 posts GB flag
steve h

9:23 PM

read my post at the top of the page lads, sometimes you just cant win! the customer isnt always right

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steve h's 23 posts GB flag
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9:41 PM

Thx for your kind word Ian. Also thx to Pete for his words too.
Steve i have read your post and as you say "sometimes you just can't win " .All we can do is carry out what we feel (with our vast experience is correct) and hope the diy merchants dont ring us :).

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Malcolm Martins
10:45 PM

Sorry, I did not mean to suggest Broadland aerials had done anything wrong.The thread started with somebody asking how much, and i gave this information.They came very quickly
and fixed the dangerous aerial, which was what I wanted.I am sorry if this was misunderstood.I do have a decibel meter which I use when setting up the aerial in my motor home and I also have a City and Guilds in electronics.

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11:48 PM

'I do have a decibel meter' from that I take it that it is a bit 'Micky Mouse' and nothing like £4000 worth of Promax Explorer or something similar. 'I also have a City and Guilds in electronics that is irrelevant unless you have sat and passed Course 1687-01 which is the C&G for the aerial industry. I have a driving licence but I cant drive a coach or a HGV.

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Ian's 170 posts GB flag
Friday, 3 February 2012
Peter Browning
8:22 AM

Ditto the above a decibel meter is totally useless unless it can read BER (Bit error rate or pre BER) or Signal to noise ratio in it's current state before the coax to the set.

At the end of the day the amount of signal you receive is not as important as the actual quality of the signal.

Imagine being on your mobile phone in your house and the signal keeps breaking up.

So to improve the signal you end up walking outside or changing rooms to improve your reception ?

The same applies to any digital receiving equipment to get the most out of your equipment you now need a specialist installer.

Long gone are the days of installing an aerial on mast pointing it in the general direction of a transmitter and getting a perfect picture with digital signals there are so many things that can go wrong.

Not to mention the risk involved in aerial installation it was only a few months ago that a aerial installer lost his life falling off a roof installing an aerial for a customer.

Very sad indeed I feel for the family's loss.

It's all very interesting that people spend £000000 on a new set then wine about the installer charging for instance £100 take out his fuel and parts then van insurance road tax HMRC tax.
Now that rigger who just risked his life for a lot less that £100 accessing your roof without damage with the correct equipment why do people winge about it it infuriates me.

The aerial industry is not DIY job an average aerial installation is say £120.00 not bad really this is going to last you 20 years plus and your going to use it every day.

Use your car for 12 months your car tax will cost more ?

What price for an aerial installation?

Always get a couple of quotes and do not use the big 0800 or 0845 company's.

Use small local firms Buy with confidence members if there approved by Trading standards then your not going to go far wrong

This accreditation means they work under very strict rules at the end of the day if you get a problem with a company where do you go to get it sorted Trading Standards.

Peter from Exeter professional Aerial installer since 1984

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Jim Tenks
8:52 AM

I would just like to echo the above. I would never use a "National outfit" as they do not usually have the local knowledge of a local installer. I was told by a friend to check on a website that lists several genuine local installers that are spread around the country.These firms only cover their area and i was verty happy. The site (if anyone is interested) is

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Devlin Kawson
4:36 PM

Peter your points are put very well.It seems you have a very good skill level and wondered if you had considered joining the industry trade body ?

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