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48 Element High Gain Digital Aerial was £39.98 now £7.00 @ B&Q
48 Element High Gain Digital Aerial was £39.98 now £7.00 @ B&Q

48 Element High Gain Digital Aerial was £39.98 now £7.00 @ B&Q

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By 2012 (end of the digital TV switchover), many outdoor aerials will require upgrading in order to receive digital TV signals. When choosing an outdoor aerial it is important to evaluate the digital TV strength in your area and the location of the aerial. The 48 element aerial is the most powerful outdoor aerial in the range and can be used in all signal areas due to its high gain. Ensure you purchase good quality cable and fittings to maximise reception quality.

Got me one of these in the Belfast store which had just been reduced last night. The same product has two different bar codes. Look out for the bar code that ends in 5817, these are reduced to £7.00 the others remain at £40.

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Banned

thx, will checkout my local b&q in a bit

baroni1971 - Hot, do you have the full item code, so that we can find the discounted one please?

Hope it's not just in Belfast too. Thanks!

Great deal if it is all over UK.

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gillian107;6055649

£39.98 on the … £39.98 on the website.http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.jsp?isSearch=true&fh_search=tv+aerial&x=17&y=9



Two bar codes for same product

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equalityforall;6055701

baroni1971 - Hot, do you have the full item code, so that we can find the … baroni1971 - Hot, do you have the full item code, so that we can find the discounted one please?Hope it's not just in Belfast too. Thanks!



5 - 05017 - 1045817

Phoned my local branch none in stock worth a try thanks.

None in stock in my local B&Q, another pointless post.

If I remember rightly the digital signal strength is about a tenth of what it will be at the switchover, in order to preserve the existing analogue signal. As soon as the analogue signal gets switched off, the digital signal can be turned up, and in alot of cases your standard aerial will be fine.

Its just something to bear in mind if you're having trouble with digital TV at the moment and feel the need to spend money on an aerial.

The deal is very good though, I remember paying £40 for a similar aerial a few years back. In that situation, it was for a loft mounted aerial, as local laws prevented any external aerials or dishes. Even in the loft this beasty could receive good signals, with no issues.

If this is nationwide this is an amazing deal at that price

A new aerial is not necessarily required to receive the digital signal. When I first had onDigital installed I was getting interference which I couldn't get rid of, despite calling out an aerial installer and having a new one fitted. The signal seemed to be too strong so he even tried cutting an aerial in half, but that made no difference. I had a 21dB variable attenuator which didn't seem to make any difference either. He knew he had it lined up correctly as he could actually see the Crystal Palace transmitter from our roof.

Eventually I called out onDigital's engineer who was flabbergasted by the signal strength and had to fit a 26dB attenuator to bring the signal down enough. The signal has been perfect ever since.

The point is, if they are going to boost the signal and you have a high-gain aerial, you might find that your signal becomes too strong in 2012 when they mess around with the signal strength.

Finally, you'll need to re-tune your Freeview equipment on 30th September due to changes affecting Five, ITV4 and BBC radio stations.
There's an announcement here: ]http//ww…ign

baroni1971 a star!

vuittion;6056225

None in stock in my local B&Q, another pointless post.



Another pointless comment!
Just because they aren't in your local store doesn't mean they might not be in others.
Even if these are only in the Belfast store someone else living nearby might find this useful.
Instead of just saying 'my local store' why don't you let the rest of us know which store (saves anyone else ringing them).

vuittion;6056225

None in stock in my local B&Q, another pointless post.



What kind of logic is that!?!?! - Its just as much your fault for not living near a store with stock!! :-D

SteveP

sigh....

there is no such thing as a digital aerial

And this isn't even true, you should be able to receive digital without upgrading your aerial.

If you don't already have a good analogue signal or just need an aerial then sure this is a good buy. Everyone does not need to rush out and replace their rooftop Aerials with fancy new "digital" ones though. Hell if you are worried just give it a try with Digital TV now.

Edit: I should say though that this does appear to be a very good price for the Ariel IF you need one.

Yep, most people will have no trouble with their old aerials. A neighbour of my parents has installed one of these and it dominates the skyline and looks ridiculous. Basically they were having trouble with trees, rather than just mount an aerial on a taller pole, they went for one of these. If you're having trouble with freeview, talk to an aerial guy to see what the options are first.

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mrbenbod;6056514

Another pointless comment!Just because they aren't in your local store … Another pointless comment!Just because they aren't in your local store doesn't mean they might not be in others.Even if these are only in the Belfast store someone else living nearby might find this useful.Instead of just saying 'my local store' why don't you let the rest of us know which store (saves anyone else ringing them).



Indeed - I did mention Belfast afterall.

Belfast store had ten in stock but they where all mixed in with the others - they are identical products with different barcodes - get the store guy to check the stock

Good deal if you need one and if you can find one!

Not in stock in Colchester store.

fitted one the other day, got it from screwfix or toolstation, cost about £15. Also seen them in asda for a simular price. I wasn't getting half the channels with the old one, tried changing the freeview box which picked up more channels, but had to change the aerial in the end. My bro-in-law in kingston can stick a coat hanger in the back of his tv and get all the channels!, so no you definately don't have to have a digital aerial. all depends where you live.

Also worth checking the silver aerial connectors in your house before you rush off to get a new aerial.

I gave my mum an old freeview telly and plugged in her ancient tv aerial (it must be 20 years old) which worked just fine - apart from it wouldn't pick up a few channels.

The problem - just one strand of the internal braiding was touching the copper core and this was enough to knock out a few channels.

I pulled it out of the way and tried it again and bingo!

how can you tell if you have a digital aerial or normal already? i know if i call someone out they will say 'you need upgrading' and take my money no matter even if i have a digital already!

cerulean blue;6057058

Also worth checking the silver aerial connectors in your house before you … Also worth checking the silver aerial connectors in your house before you rush off to get a new aerial.I gave my mum an old freeview telly and plugged in her ancient tv aerial (it must be 20 years old) which worked just fine - apart from it wouldn't pick up a few channels.The problem - just one strand of the internal braiding was touching the copper core and this was enough to knock out a few channels.I pulled it out of the way and tried it again and bingo!



I have a Panasonic 42in Plasma TV with freeview. Yet, the only 4 channels I recieve on freeview is BBC1, BBC 2, BBC3 & CBBC that's all. It's a good job I have satellite!

For me to get all the channels on freeview I would need a new aerial. (possibly the one suggested here.)

jay_leeds;6057289

how can you tell if you have a digital aerial or normal already? i know … how can you tell if you have a digital aerial or normal already? i know if i call someone out they will say 'you need upgrading' and take my money no matter even if i have a digital already!



As I said there is no such thing as a digital aerial.

jamesdew;6056607

sigh....there is no such thing as a digital aerialAnd this isn't even … sigh....there is no such thing as a digital aerialAnd this isn't even true, you should be able to receive digital without upgrading your aerial..

It isn't true. Freview works on the old 405 line system and is a different range of frequencies. So called "Digital" antenna shoudl be widerband to recieve these lower frequencies, and have more elements to compensate for the de-tuning. However most peopl will have an adequate signal strength for freeview without a wideband antenna.

jay_leeds;6057289

how can you tell if you have a digital aerial or normal already? i know … how can you tell if you have a digital aerial or normal already? i know if i call someone out they will say 'you need upgrading' and take my money no matter even if i have a digital already!



You need to plug in a freeview box and see if it works.

joylove;6057522

It isn't true. Freview works on the old 405 line system and is a … It isn't true. Freview works on the old 405 line system and is a different range of frequencies. So called "Digital" antenna shoudl be widerband to recieve these lower frequencies, and have more elements to compensate for the de-tuning. However most peopl will have an adequate signal strength for freeview without a wideband antenna..



Yes it's a different range of frequencies but it's within the range that a normal wideband aerial can pick up. I'm not really sure how having more elements would have any effect to compensate for de-tuning I would expect all the signal processing to be done by the freeview box.

Numerous tests and reviews have shown these so called "digital" aerials are no better than traditional wideband aerials and in fact are not even any different.

Besides, even if everything you say is true it's still not a digital aerial, it's just an aerial.

Anyway almost any Aerial that gets a good picture on Analogue TV right now should not have any troubles getting a digital signal either. I just don't want people who have perfectly good aerials rushing out to buy themselves 'digital' aerials.

OMG WHAT IS THAT? seriously what is it what is it?

Which Belfast Store, there are 3

jamesdew;6057652

Yes it's a different range of frequencies but it's within the range that … Yes it's a different range of frequencies but it's within the range that a normal wideband aerial can pick up.


There are no normal wideband antennas, it's an oxymoron. It's either a normal or a wideband.

jamesdew;6057652

I'm not really sure how having more elements would have any effect to … I'm not really sure how having more elements would have any effect to compensate for de-tuning I would expect all the signal processing to be done by the freeview box.


Wideband antennas will have lower directional gain as they have been detuned to cover a wide band. Hence to compensate you need a couple more elements. The device connected to the antenna plays no part in the antenna gain.

jamesdew;6057652

Numerous tests and reviews have shown these so called "digital" aerials … Numerous tests and reviews have shown these so called "digital" aerials are no better than traditional wideband aerials and in fact are not even any different.


Possibly very true, although that is not illegal.

jamesdew;6057652

Besides, even if everything you say is true it's still not a digital … Besides, even if everything you say is true it's still not a digital aerial, it's just an aerial.


Not correct, a digital antenna can receive digital TV, just like a GSM antenna receives GSM, and a satellite antenna receives satellite. It's a simplified name that leads to confusion but it is a common practice to shorten the name to the band, since only a fool would think and antenna has more functions than just being a chunk of metal.

jamesdew;6057652

Anyway any Aerial that gets a good picture on Analogue TV right now … Anyway any Aerial that gets a good picture on Analogue TV right now should not have any troubles getting a digital signal either. I just don't want people who have perfectly good aerials rushing out to buy themselves 'digital' aerials.


There are plenty of people that are too lazy to find out what to do for themselves, so let them buy what they want. Noone protects me from buying junk becaues I'm too lazy to pick up a book about the subject.

Why bother with aerial.I bought used Sky Box at a car boot sale for £1 with remote and plugged into spare socket on next doors quad LNB sat dish-no problems

By normal I meant common, most Aerials people buy are wideband.

I guess it makes sense that a wideband Aerial would have a lower gain and that you would need more elements to get the same gain as a non-wideband aeriel but that has nothing to do with it being a "digital" aerial. You could say the same thing about it receiving an analogue signal. So what you are really saying here is "wideband aerials need more elements" which seems perfectly plausible to me.

You seem to be misunderstanding what I am saying about 'digital' aerials. I dislike the term because it implies that an aerial can be better at picking up an analogue or digital signal as if (as you said) a piece of metal can somehow distinguish between them. OK this may make sense to consumers right now as a dumbing down for them so "digital aerial" means "aerial that is best for picking up the frequencies that happen to be used by the british freeview system". But then later when digital radio takes over I will start hearing at the pub how some bloke has bought himself a new "digital car aerial". And it will take all the strength in me to not slap him in the face and tell him how silly he is being.

It would be slightly better if it was referred to as a "freeview aerial" but still a traditional (perhaps you like that word better than normal) wideband aerial is just as good at picking up freeview as a "digital" wideband aerial.

whelpin;6057900

Why bother with aerial.I bought used Sky Box at a car boot sale for £1 … Why bother with aerial.I bought used Sky Box at a car boot sale for £1 with remote and plugged into spare socket on next doors quad LNB sat dish-no problems



I've got a sky box and a sky dish.

But I want to record one channel whilst watching another and I already have a box that will do that but my aerial is broken. Not to mention the crappy sky EPG which shows me the channels I can't watch!

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Tesco RangerNI;6057771

Which Belfast Store, there are 3



Sorry - didn't t realise that Holywood was counted as a Belfast store. Newtownabbey is in Newtownabbey though. Anyways it was Boucher Road.

jamesdew;6057652

Anyway almost any Aerial that gets a good picture on Analogue TV right … Anyway almost any Aerial that gets a good picture on Analogue TV right now should not have any troubles getting a digital signal either. I just don't want people who have perfectly good aerials rushing out to buy themselves 'digital' aerials.



This is certainly not the case round here. The standard aerial will just get the BBC digital channels. Even after analogue switch off Belmont will still need a wideband aerial.

Got one of these full price about a year ago - brilliant aerial with enough ooomph to have the feed split in 3 to supply each room in the house (previous aerial couldn't get a decent signal strong enough for one room).

Bargain if you can find one in stock.

Just rung 3 different B&Q's in my radius they have the £39.99 one but not at £7

So looks like the poster was lucky with this one.

Hi all. Maybe a dumb question. Does this have to be externally placed or can i just position it in the loft?????????

None in Derby store

scribe76;6060902

Hi all. Maybe a dumb question. Does this have to be externally placed … Hi all. Maybe a dumb question. Does this have to be externally placed or can i just position it in the loft?????????


It depends entirely on your signal strength. They'll work just fine in the loft, providing your signal is strong enough.

vuittion;6056225

None in stock in my local B&Q, another pointless post.



No YOUR post is pointless.

If someone finds a really good deal in store, they should post it.
You cannot expect them to drive to other stores & check deal availability before posting here.
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