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Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?

Will an aerial booster improve my freeview reception?
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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

10:56 AM

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.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:48 AM

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.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
12:09 PM

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.

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Michel's 2 posts CH flag
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Saturday, 5 April 2014
11:19 AM


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?


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scott's 1 post GB flag
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12:35 PM

scott: Given your location, I would have thought that Freesat would be the best option for you to go for. See Detailed comparison | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice for the full comparison.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 May 2014
9:05 PM

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.

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amanda's 1 post GB flag
amanda's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

9:27 PM

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.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 8 June 2014
4:35 PM

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?!?

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russ's 3 posts GB flag

7:20 PM

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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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
8:03 AM

I live in Chandlers Ford and recently my freeview signal strength has deteriorated to the point of obtaining no signal/to weak to receive a picture on my freeview.

My aerial is only 4years old and directed at Rowridge transmiter to the receive the best strength possible (around 27%) will an amplifier help or due to the number of mobile phone transmitters near by will I require a suppressor?

All help will be appreciated.

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