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Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element - £14.99 @ Screwfix
Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element - £14.99 @ Screwfix

Labgear TV Aerial High Gain 48-Element - £14.99 @ Screwfix

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if you et one make sure its the same band as your transmitter or you will get a poor picture.

chiners_68

if you et one make sure its the same band as your transmitter or you will … if you et one make sure its the same band as your transmitter or you will get a poor picture.


how do you find out ? I bought my son a freeview tv, but i cant get any decent signals with the old arial that is in the loft. Would this solve my problem !! ??
oO

is the transmitter the freeview already installed or do i need to buy that seperately ? ?

It is listed as a WIDEBAND aerial - ie s/be capable of working in any region of the country with any transmitter.

It just receives terrestial TV signals (analogue where still on, and digital) and once you've fitted a coaxial cable to it and run it around your house, you have to connect the coax cable to some form of TV signal decoder - eg a TV, or Freeview box etc.

Siting aerials in the loft is generally discouraged nowadays due to the building materials obstructing so much of the signals. That said there's nothing inherently "wrong" with hiding & more-easily mounting an aerial in there - just recognise it won't receive such strong signals as an external aerial.

You MAY find this works better than your existing aerial as (a) your TV region/transmitter may already have migrated its signals such that your existing aerial is not optimal for current channels - HOWEVER those migrations will tend to include greater strength digital (ie Freeview) signals as the analogue channels are progressively turned off; (b) it maybe more efficient than your existing aerial.

MKD


Edited by: "mk-donald" 5th May 2011

+ £5 delivery charge

There’s lots of advantages to installing an aerial in your loft: i.e. ease of installation, greater longevity of the aerial.

However, this can be at the cost of poor reception.

I paid £85 quid to have one supplied and fitted (two rooms). It’s fitted to the side apex of the house and sits just above the roof line. The guy advised me that there is a lot of BS with regard to digital TV aerials and fitted what I would describe as a pretty standard wide band aerial (That’s based on others I have seen that look like they are trying to tune into NASA).

It runs freeview on the TV absolutely fine and I also run two Humax PVRs in different rooms

Also take into account that my Dad has had his aerial up for over 30 years (inc cable) and his Digital TV strength bounces around 93% ( you can go a lot lower than this before you have bit level error). Therefore, you may just be better biting the bullet and getting one installed outside (Might be best to look for a few recommendations in your local area.)





michbeat

how do you find out ? I bought my son a freeview tv, but i cant get any … how do you find out ? I bought my son a freeview tv, but i cant get any decent signals with the old arial that is in the loft. Would this solve my problem !! ??oO


I have a Freeview box and I get a near perfect signal on most of the Channels, but the reception to some of the Channels has always suffered from continual disruption. To be honest, I can't complain too much as I have a 15 year old Aerial taped to the top of my TV in my bedroom. However, because of this, I've been reluctant to buy a new Thin Widescreen TV because I may not be able to tape my current indoor Aerial to it, and therefore I may not be able to recieve any Freeview channels.

Earlier today I was seriously considering buying one of the many 32" Widescreen TV's that have been featured on HUKD recently and because of my concerns regarding Freeview Aerial reception I decided to take a look at Aerials in the latest Spring/Summer Argos Catalogue. On Pages 376-377 there is some Information that you may find useful.


mk-donald It is listed as a WIDEBAND aerial - ie s/be capable of working … mk-donald It is listed as a WIDEBAND aerial - ie s/be capable of working in any region of the country with any transmitter.



It will work anywhere but will NOT give you a good signal if your not receiving from a wideband transmitter.

i.e. Crystal palace in london is an A band transmitter. for this you need an A band Ariel. if you try a wide band ariel it will work but you will receive inteferance as it will also be receiving stray signals from all the other bands.


this site gives you all the info you need. aerialsandtv.com/

We have an aerial in the loft - the analogue signals from it are total rubbish, but connected to freeview decoder totally fine - says the signal is about 45% but the quality of the signal is 100% - what also makes a huge difference is the quality of the cable that runs from the antenna to your TV. The ones we use have silver foil running the entire length which helps keep out interference.

Isn't it inadvisable and bad practice to put an aerial in the loft? I don't think the aerial manufacturers or the installers recommend it.

We just had a top of the range Freeview aerial strapped to our chimney with two feeds in. We get a perfect signal for £169 all supplied and fitted which all seems money well spent IMO.

RedOnRed

Isn't it inadvisable and bad practice to put an aerial in the loft? I … Isn't it inadvisable and bad practice to put an aerial in the loft? I don't think the aerial manufacturers or the installers recommend it.


It very much depends on our wall or roof material and the geography around you. At best you have a very small signal loss, which should not be much of a concern with a high gain antenna like this one. At worst you are in the radio shadow of the next house, or you have a metal lined roof, and get very poor reception as a result or even fading.

But how do they count the elements on this antenna? I can see 10 focus elements that seem a bit close together, and a few sticks (dipoles, I guess) in the reflector. But I cannot see 48 elements...

Also I doubt that this is really a wideband antenna. It should work well enough for UHF, but do not expect any great performance for a VHF station.

We have an aerial I fitted myself in the loft. It was from the local market (ex argos) and cost £10 and then bought a new 50m drum of cable from Focus (on clearance for £5). So now running 3 feeds from it for £15 perfectly and still have some cable left.

Depends on circumstances I'd say. If you've got decent signal strength and are strapped for cash why not put the thing in the loft?
Useful site: wolfbane.com/cgi…exe?
Punch in your postcode and see all the transmitters you're likely to be using. Find your transmitter in the table and it'll give you a compass bearing which is most likely the right way to point it.
It'll also give you the aerial group you require if wideband isn't doing the job (Column "GP").
If you can't work out which transmitter is yours, it's probably the most powerful one under any of the "ERP W" columns. Failing that look at your neighbour's aerial and check which compass bearing matches (unless they're Welsh ex-pats and are watching it over the border.....).

MrPuddington

But how do they count the elements on this antenna? I can see 10 focus … But how do they count the elements on this antenna? I can see 10 focus elements that seem a bit close together, and a few sticks (dipoles, I guess) in the reflector. But I cannot see 48 elements....


They're not afraid to count the reflector, there's 8 elements there. Add that to the 10 Xs (four elements each by their maths) and you've got a nice impressive 48 to stamp on the box!

Forget Screwfix with their delivery charges. Use Toolstation where delivery is free on orders over £10 and the same items are usually cheaper then Screwfix. Check out this aerial :
toolstation.com/sho…554

costing £12.96
Edited by: "useless_57" 6th May 2011

Jackboy

+ £5 delivery charge


plenty of centres popping up around the country, call and collect.
or get someone to recomend you and they get a tenner voucher, if there much of a mate then they'll split it with you

Original Poster

useless_57

Forget Screwfix with their delivery charges. Use Toolstation where … Forget Screwfix with their delivery charges. Use Toolstation where delivery is free on orders over £10 and the same items are usually cheaper then Screwfix. Check out this aerial :http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Electrical/TV+Satellite/SLx+Digital+Aerial+CAI++32+Element/d190/sd3084/p40554costing £12.96



At least be fair with your negative comment, the £12.96 one is only a 32 element, Toolstation's 48 element one costs £24,
which is still £4 more expensive than the Screwfix one, even including the £5 delivery charge,
if you can't make it to a store to pick it up for £14.99.

48 element






Edited by: "Shambolic" 6th May 2011

markbloke

They're not afraid to count the reflector, there's 8 elements there. Add … They're not afraid to count the reflector, there's 8 elements there. Add that to the 10 Xs (four elements each by their maths) and you've got a nice impressive 48 to stamp on the box!

That actually makes some kind of sense - I was expecting that they counted every screw, washer, nut, bolt and the manual in as well :-)

bought one 2 days ago. this aerial is massive, must be well over 4ft long!, hope the pole holds it ok!

I actually bought one of these on monday, been doing my grandmas aerial today, but she didnt need it in the end, her aerial was just pointing the wrong way, so returned,
Good price though!
If anyone wants any info re Aerials, feel free to PM me, have quite a bit of experience

Shambolic

At least be fair with your negative comment, the £12.96 one is only a 32 … At least be fair with your negative comment, the £12.96 one is only a 32 element, Toolstation's 48 element one costs £24, which is still £4 more expensive than the Screwfix one, even including the £5 delivery charge, if you can't make it to a store to pick it up for £14.99.48 element



Hmm. First off, 99% of people buying this kind of aerial wont notice any difference between either of these aerials ( 32 or 48 elements )

Secondly, Screwfix trade counters are notoriously badly stocked and they dont have any form of stock check facility on their website, unlike Toolstation.

But each to their own

Bought this high gain aerial incase a normal one wasnt good enough to give good reception. Didnt realise it would have a detromental effect as the transmitter isnt actually that far away it turns out. Analogue didnt work at all compared to a normal tv top aerial giving a good picture. Luckely Gives a good Freeview picture, dont know how it works.

If it is too close, and you have a too high gain, you may need an attenuator, which basically reduces the power that the tv gets.
with some freeview boxes, and some tvs, they will not work if the power received is too much, you could get a 6db attenuator, see how that goes and you should have 100% signal strength.

great, thanks, saw them in screwfix but didnt know which to go for. Just waiting for a decent deal on a 22-26inch sony telly now.

Absoloutely over the moon.....ordered Friday, recieved Saturday. Fitted in the loft and all freeview pictures work in my sons room, with a perfect picture. So pleased and will he be when he gets back from watching a footy match !!:3 Thanks so much for this !!!

michbeat

Absoloutely over the moon.....ordered Friday, recieved Saturday. Fitted … Absoloutely over the moon.....ordered Friday, recieved Saturday. Fitted in the loft and all freeview pictures work in my sons room, with a perfect picture. So pleased and will he be when he gets back from watching a footy match !!:3 Thanks so much for this !!!



What fixtures does it come with if any? or is it just the actual aerial?

fixtures does it come with if any? or is it just the actual aerial?[/quote]

It came with everything but the pole....and it arrived the next day.:)
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