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Tv reception help??

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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Does anyone know how to get better tv reception without being plugged into the rooftop aerial? I want to watch tv at university but there is no aerial socket available. I have an indoor aerial but its not much use.

Can anyone help me?? Are those boosters any good??

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Thanks in advance
David
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banned8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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1 Like #1
buy an ariel with a built in booster mate, that helped me
1 Like #2
Hello David,

some boosters ARE quite good, BUT - it really depends on things like how thick your walls are at uni and where the tranmitter is and so on.

By now they ought to have cable anyway!

That aside, pop it as high as you can, and ask in the TV shops about the best booster to get - then buy it as cheaply as possible!

We had a few before we found one that worked for Freeview and so on.....

But like everything not all are as good as they claim.
One way of finding out how likely it is going to be to succeed is to see how bad your reception is at the moment, then think about how much boosting it would need.

If it is a lot - not all of them can make a very poor reception into a very good one because of aobstructions and walls and so on.

Good luck!
1 Like #3
I believe that boosters only boost a good signal - so if it's rubbish to start with then it's a waste of time and money.

I think you get what you pay for with aerials. Probably the bigger the better. Unfortunately it looks like the rooftop option is not available to you.

Sorry I can't help further...:?
1 Like #4
let the ariel touch the glass of the window, sometimes gives it a boost
#5
Lornypops
let the ariel touch the glass of the window, sometimes gives it a boost


is that true? if it is, then thats soo coool!
banned#6
Thanks to all the replies so far. Rep given!!

David
1 Like #7
Had the same problem, bought this aerial yesterday and now I've got loads more channels. Took a bit of fiddling but great picture now.
#8
Theres only so much you can polish a turd. The boosters will help to some extent but if its anything like my halls at uni you will have trouble whatever you use.
#9
When it comes to TV reception the height of the aerial is everything. You need an aerial in the highest position you can get it, with as clear/unobstructed a path to the transmitter as is possible. The orientation of the aerial is also important but can be found with trial an error (tune the TV into a strong analogue signal (BBC1 etc) - its a nightmare trying to set an aerial using a digital signal but the transmitter will likely be the same location as the analogue one).

Boosters add gain to the signal - this is means any noise is also amplified. This means if you have a borderline-ok signal they will probably do good, but if it is very weak they will likely do more harm than good - boosters where you can adjust the gain are better for the reason. If your after digital TV you really need quite a strong signal with little noise so a set-top aerial and booster probably just wont cut it (or at best you will have intermittent picture and not all the channels). Don't be tempted to add more than one booster as this won't work!
#10
Too be honest i would buy a better quality aerial. Boosters mostly are a waste of money, but if you do want to experiment with them then choose a shop with a poor exchange policy. So if it doesn't work to your liking you can take it back. Might have to shop around for this, but when i was at uni it was well known that a local store would accept anything returned.

Sadly if the reception is poor that thats how its going to stay. It like recording an audio tape to CD and expecting the quality to be much better. Its still going to be audio tape quality just on a CD. If that make sense?

The only other option would be to get an aerial that sits on a window sill, if you have a window in your room? These can be quite effective. Good luck it going to be trail and error i am afraid!
#11
i bought this in a bad reception area, i had to mess about with it a lot and it was nearly touching the ceiling but it did the job, not a bad price either i thought.http://www.robertdyas.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=311&storeId=91&productId=24801&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=10403&parents_parent_category_rn=10402&top_category_rn=10351&showSubCategory=yes&top=Y&cache_entry=-1
#12
Sheep87
is that true? if it is, then thats soo coool!


yeah it really works.
#13
This is what happened to me.
I chose Telecam TCE2001 Wideband Indoor TV Aerial With Amplifier from Argos as it had good review in Which magazine best for it's value/performance.
Initially I had problems so I searched online and I found this website useful http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/reception.html. Using that information, I went to the wolfbane website http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe? - This website gives you the bearing of the best aerial from your postcode. Using my sat nav (although a map would have also worked) I was able to point the aerial in the right direction for the best signal.
I now have all normal tv channels and a third of all freeview channels. I asked a neighbour who had an rooftop aerial - he said that the initially could only get a third of freeview channels too. He said that this was due to our homes being at the bottom of a slope and he had to pay £150 for an aerial 2 metres higher to get all freeview channels.
The good news is when normal TV transmission switches over to freeview - the freeview signal will be 3 times stronger than it currently is and will (hopefully) rectify the problem of missing freeview channels.
#14
crd67;3271334
The good news is when normal TV transmission switches over to freeview - the freeview signal will be 3 times stronger than it currently is and will (hopefully) rectify the problem of missing freeview channels.


Probably even more than 3 times - they are planning on using 10x the transmission power in most area IIRC - its a sort of catch-22 situation at the moment though as they can't increase the power till the analogue signal is turned off :thumbsup:
#15
when i was stayin at aplace with no aerial from outside i got a cheapy aerial pointed it near glass window then got a freeview box and hey ho loadsa channels and i couldnt get a signal any other way. ..freeview box £4.97 currys...aerial £1 from poundland or u can get element ones for about £2.50

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