Philex Digital TV Signal Detector 27867R £3.99 @ Argos
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Philex Digital TV Signal Detector 27867R £3.99 @ Argos

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Found 31st Jan 2015
I was having a few problems with the TV aerial signal so needed a signal meter to help isolate the problem. Came across this at Argos for £3.99. Over £10 everywhere else (Amazon, Screwfix etc).

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don't keep us in suspense. Did you find the signal?

:-)

well come on... http://media0.giphy.com/media/1JPrTcaWIy5ZS/200.gif did it work??? X)
Edited by: "trizinger28" 31st Jan 2015

Heat added
This site is costing me a fortune :-)

buckmr2

Heat addedThis site is costing me a fortune :-)



Or maybe it's saving...

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels

atif81

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this … Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels



I'm sure if it made sense this advice would be wrong.

This is a signal strength meter, not meant to be left in the lead when the aerial alignment has been done. Usefull tools, and a good price.

Lorian

I'm sure if it made sense this advice would be wrong. This is a signal … I'm sure if it made sense this advice would be wrong. This is a signal strength meter, not meant to be left in the lead when the aerial alignment has been done. Usefull tools, and a good price.



What analogue signals ? Who is actually transmitting on Analogue ? If you scan I doubt you will find any analogue channels

This is basically the same device used by TV Aerial installers, however in strong signal areas or with a proper digital aerial you should not need it

atif81

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this … Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels



WHAT ANALOGE signals ??? Any used in the TV band have now all been turned off.. As said its meant to go in line and then removed... A handy bit of kit for the likes of caravanners / motorhomes etc...

Ive read lots of crap advice on here before but that just takes the biscuit

atif81

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this … Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels



PMSL X)

I simply looked up the bearings of the three nearest transmitters on one of the freeview websites, and set the aerial using a compass app. Couldn't really keep going up and down a ladder to look at equipment on the other end of the wire.
Probably something else I should point out is that every digibox / pvr I've ever had has a signal strength meter (and quality meter) anyway.

HotUKmcr

What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very … What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very useful for distributing SKY around the House, or wherever



We are talking about aligning your TV aerial here nothing else....that's all you use it for....to get the strongest signal you can !

Are you suggesting a properly aligned TV aerial will give you a worse TV picture .....This is not a signal booster
Edited by: "corred1964" 31st Jan 2015

just placed order for one. good price.



Merely stating there are still analogue signals around, going through aerial cables.


Nothing to do with Aerial alignment, in my post !!



Edited by: "HotUKmcr" 31st Jan 2015

Googlyhead

I simply looked up the bearings of the three nearest transmitters on one … I simply looked up the bearings of the three nearest transmitters on one of the freeview websites, and set the aerial using a compass app. Couldn't really keep going up and down a ladder to look at equipment on the other end of the wire.Probably something else I should point out is that every digibox / pvr I've ever had has a signal strength meter (and quality meter) anyway.



Normally you connect such a meter up by the aerial. Sometimes the signal is not exactly on the compass bearing and anyway it's pretty difficult to align with the bearing of a compass on a roof (for instance). Also the aerial needs to be aligned in the vertical plane which is pretty difficult to do even if you can see the transmitter.
Using the digibox/tv signal strength meter is as impractical as getting someone down by the set to shout up when the signal is best. In the slightly more practical version of this you take a small but bright (difficult to see in sunlight) tv up on the roof with the aerial!

HotUKmcr

What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very … What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very useful for distributing SKY around the House, or whereverThe digital signal is fed through the SKY+HD box, to which is added the Analogue Sky box output



what's that got to do with aligning your aerial to a digital only broadcast? rubbish my a##e

I'm still using VGA for my computer monitor.. Should I add that too? (_;)

For £4 this would save a lot of trouble with the other half shouting feedback from downstairs / outside.. And the arguments that'll ensue if the placement isn't spot on.

sounds ideal for finding a good TV signal when in my touring caravan. thanks op!

HotUKmcr

What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very … What rubbish.SKY +HD Box, and others, gives an Analogue RF output, very useful for distributing SKY around the House, or whereverThe digital signal is fed through the SKY+HD box, to which is added the Analogue Sky box output



Haven't sky removed the RF2 socket on their latest boxes as they want you to take part in another rip off. They call it multi room. I call it rip off. I have had 'multi-room for more than 15 years which I rigged up myself to all tv's upstairs via a a distribution amplifier in the loft as lots of others have no doubt. Glad I ditched sky last year. Saved over £300 now.

Smartguy1

Haven't sky removed the RF2 socket on their latest boxes as they want you … Haven't sky removed the RF2 socket on their latest boxes as they want you to take part in another rip off.



Yes

HotUKmcr

Merely stating there are still analogue signals around, going through … Merely stating there are still analogue signals around, going through aerial cables.Nothing to do with Aerial alignment, in my post !!



BUT that is what this device is intended for .... & what my posts were about ....to help get the best digital signal from your aerial ......just how can this device have any negative impact on the analogue signal in your house ? I was clearly talking about analogue signals being picked up by your TV aerial......there aren't currently any analogue TV signals bring broadcast in the UK

HotUKmcr

Yes



Just as well I didn't take them up on their recent offer of 50% off plus a new HD box then although I am sure I could split the hdmi signal.

Original Poster

Update is that the aerial socket my builders installed is dead - decent signal at the aerial and at other sockets, but not the new one. Looks like they are coming back on Monday...

Googlyhead

I simply looked up the bearings of the three nearest transmitters on one … I simply looked up the bearings of the three nearest transmitters on one of the freeview websites, and set the aerial using a compass app. Couldn't really keep going up and down a ladder to look at equipment on the other end of the wire.Probably something else I should point out is that every digibox / pvr I've ever had has a signal strength meter (and quality meter) anyway.



I look at the neighbour's ariel and point mine in the same direction...

atif81

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this … Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels



If the situation ever arises where you have to venture onto your roof and fit a satellite dish, please don't drink any alcohol.

n217970

I look at the neighbour's ariel and point mine in the same direction...



I looked my my neighbour's Daz the other day, unfortunately I got a slap

smartguy. I would dearly love to rig up multi room in my loft and ditch sky. any directions anywhere for a tech challenged person?

and so you should......






slaphead

atif81

Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this … Don't buy it will cause more interference due to digital signal this collides digi & analog signals hence you will lose pic quality and few channels



Well, there it is... The dumbest thing Ive ever read on the entire internet!

jasee

Normally you connect such a meter up by the aerial. Sometimes the signal … Normally you connect such a meter up by the aerial. Sometimes the signal is not exactly on the compass bearing and anyway it's pretty difficult to align with the bearing of a compass on a roof (for instance). Also the aerial needs to be aligned in the vertical plane which is pretty difficult to do even if you can see the transmitter.Using the digibox/tv signal strength meter is as impractical as getting someone down by the set to shout up when the signal is best. In the slightly more practical version of this you take a small but bright (difficult to see in sunlight) tv up on the roof with the aerial!


I originally got the impression that this needed a PSU, as there's a power socket and no mention of batteries. (So presumed not intended for lugging up the roof)
However; to me, it looks like there is a small advantage of using a tuner over this in that you can see the signal strength of the band you're interested in, whereas I can't see any way to configure this box to discriminate between different transmitters.
And perhaps I'm missing something, but vertical (horizontal?) plane isn't too difficult: most cases; parallel to ground, pointing at horizon. Those same transmitter details and maps do give figures and calculations for transmitter:house heights and angles. I'm in a flat area though, so nudging it by less than a single degree seemed overkill.

RoosterNo1

Well, there it is... The dumbest thing Ive ever read on the entire … Well, there it is... The dumbest thing Ive ever read on the entire internet!


Somehow I found myself imagining analogue cars speeding down one (cable) lane, and digital down another; being diverted into a pile-up by this box, and the drivers having little fisticuffs.
How two co-existing signals can be made to 'collide', I don't know. Especially if one isn't transmitted any more.

HotUKmcr

Yes


Altho its been removed ou can buy a box sky call an io box which will give you the rf out

I downloaded the app Antenna Aligner for 69p, brilliant wee app that worked perfectly and saved me loads of mucking about

I've had good luck with amplified indoor antennas in the past, but it probably depends on where you live.

seanmckenna

sounds ideal for finding a good TV signal when in my touring caravan. … sounds ideal for finding a good TV signal when in my touring caravan. thanks op!



Was thinking the same- would this work for picking up the sky signal too I wonder?

mistermoneysaver

Was thinking the same- would this work for picking up the sky signal too … Was thinking the same- would this work for picking up the sky signal too I wonder?


Wonder no longer....It Wont..........satellite signal detector around £5 on ebay.
Edited by: "antenna" 1st Feb 2015

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HotUKmcr

Merely stating there are still analogue signals around, going through … Merely stating there are still analogue signals around, going through aerial cables.Nothing to do with Aerial alignment, in my post !!


Yes, but not relevant here as not being transmitted as such by the (older) sky box, only via the coaxial cable. The negligible leakage won't be detected by this device.

I use a similar device when my satellite dish gets moved out of alignment due to bad weather, almost impossible to get a good signal without it. Plug it inline move the dish until you get a loud whistle, lock the dish remove the meter job done. Will work on Sky, but not a TV aerial, although the principle is the same.
Edited by: "rdann" 1st Feb 2015

So many divs on here, this is for finding alien radio signals!
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