SLX 48 Element High Gain Digital TV Aerial Reduced to £14.98 @ B+Q
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SLX 48 Element High Gain Digital TV Aerial Reduced to £14.98 @ B+Q

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Found 4th Jun 2011
Receives some good reviews (not through the aerial off course).

By 2012 (end of the digital TV switchover), some outdoor aerials will require upgrading in order to be capable of receiving digital TV signals. When choosing an outdoor aerial it is important to evaluate the digital TV strength in your area, by checking Teletext page 284 you will be able to see if your aerial needs upgrading, if 4 or more white boxes are missing in the grid your aerial will need to be replaced. You must do this check on all four channels (BBC1 / BBC2 / ITV / CH4).


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Brand: SLX

Fixings included: No

Waterproof (Y/N): No

WEEE Requirements: Consumer Equip

Manuf part no: 27884D/04

Fused: No

Interior/Exterior/Both: Exterior

Single/Double Pole: Single

Category: Aerials & Brackets

Qty in pack : 1


additional information
Suitable for outdoor or loft installation
Suitable for weak, moderate and strong signal areas
Receives all locally available digital and analogue terrestrial TV signals
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If you need a wideband aerial then this is cheap and cheerful but don't expect it to stand up to too much abuse.
Better checking which aerial you need at wolfbane.com/cgi…exe? and get a decent quality aerial from somewhere like http://www.aerialsandtv.com/

A log periodic is my favoured wideband if you don't need huge gain at the higher end of the scale, and looks much neater, otherwise a aerial that matches the grouping of the channels you need (now and once DSO comes to your area) will serve you much better.
Cozworth806

If you need a wideband aerial then this is cheap and cheerful but don't … If you need a wideband aerial then this is cheap and cheerful but don't expect it to stand up to too much abuse. Better checking which aerial you need at http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe? and get a decent quality aerial from somewhere like http://www.aerialsandtv.com/A log periodic is my favoured wideband if you don't need huge gain at the higher end of the scale, and looks much neater, otherwise a aerial that matches the grouping of the channels you need (now and once DSO comes to your area) will serve you much better.



i did'nt understand none of that bruv innit
Always makes me laugh when they try to play on the words "digital aerial" as there is no such thing.

Also the description uses "outdoor" twice, then states "waterproof NO" I guess it's a good price if you want to hold an umbrella above it every time it rains!!!




Edited by: "p-e-t-e" 4th Jun 2011
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DannyYellowbridge1991

i did'nt understand none of that bruv innit



You and me alike bruv.

All I wanted was an aerial to watch tv in a good reception area and this does the job for £15. Nothing more, nothing less. While I'm sure Cozworth806 knows what he's talking about, my understanding of periodic log is my daily mid-morning motions followed by a wipe or 2 until no more stains oO
[quotethis is cheap and cheerful but don't expect it to stand up to too much abuse][/quote]
Agreed. The aluminium elements are not much meatier than the foil round a meat pie. Won't stand up to much severe weather, ideal for the loft though, if reception area is OK.
The Therapist

You and me alike bruv.All I wanted was an aerial to watch tv in a good … You and me alike bruv.All I wanted was an aerial to watch tv in a good reception area and this does the job for £15. Nothing more, nothing less. While I'm sure Cozworth806 knows what he's talking about, my understanding of periodic log is my daily mid-morning motions followed by a wipe or 2 until no more stains oO



en.wikipedia.org/wik…nna (although still quite jarginish!)

What Cosworth was also saying is that different regions of the country have their TV signals located in different groupings on the frequency scale and a different style of aerial is preferred for each.

By 2012 (end of the digital TV switchover), some outdoor aerials will … By 2012 (end of the digital TV switchover), some outdoor aerials will require upgrading in order to be capable of receiving digital TV signals. When choosing an outdoor aerial it is important to evaluate the digital TV strength in your area, by checking Teletext page 284 you will be able to see if your aerial needs upgrading, if 4 or more white boxes are missing in the grid your aerial will need to be replaced. You must do this check on all four channels (BBC1 / BBC2 / ITV / CH4).


i'd probably wait until your area has had its digital switchover before doing any signal tests as most transmitters will have an increase in digital signal at this time.
I know that the Sutton Coldfield transmitter is having a 25x increase in signal from 8kW to 200kW so you may find that your current aerial is then good enough to pick up a decent signal.

This site ukfree.tv/txd…003 is really good for info - that page is the sutton transmitter page.
I need a aerial for my mum who has always had a tabletop aerial and after reading post 65 hotukdeals.com/dea…e=2 and looking at the CAI benchmarked aerials HERE I decided on THIS and £99 fitting from Argos (only available instore).

Before anyone berates me about local installers nobody was willing to supply and fit for less than £350!!

Cozworth like you I found lots of useful information at aerialsandtv.com whilst researching but as they themselves say there is a lot info [overload].
Just what I needed, thanks. First step towards ditching Sky :-)
It doesn’t actually say what group this is.
Constantine

Just what I needed, thanks. First step towards ditching Sky :-)



If you want to ditch Sky then presumably you have a satellite dish, in which case why not get a Freesat box?
The price is low, but the quality of the aerial is at least questionable. The only thing it says about the gain is "high", and it does not mention the frequency response at all. So you don't know what you get, and you don't know whether it suits the requirements at your place. You get what you pay for.
mistersquiddy

If you want to ditch Sky then presumably you have a satellite dish, in … If you want to ditch Sky then presumably you have a satellite dish, in which case why not get a Freesat box?



...or a dreambox
Cozworth806

If you need a wideband aerial then this is cheap and cheerful but don't … If you need a wideband aerial then this is cheap and cheerful but don't expect it to stand up to too much abuse. Better checking which aerial you need at http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe? and get a decent quality aerial from somewhere like http://www.aerialsandtv.com/A log periodic is my favoured wideband if you don't need huge gain at the higher end of the scale, and looks much neater, otherwise a aerial that matches the grouping of the channels you need (now and once DSO comes to your area) will serve you much better.




my postcode brings up this

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/3857/aerialw.jpg

what the heck does that mean?


buckfast67uk

my postcode brings up thiswhat the heck does that mean?



I'd think Gp = W inidicates that you need a wide band antenna.
Another advertising "Con". There is no such thing as a "DIGITAL" TV Aerial. Thousnds of people have been conned by the trade and have replaced their Aerials when there has been no need to. If you need to replace then just buy the cheapest "High" gain you can afford. The more metal the better, ie. boom length and number of directors and distance between them. Leave any fancy looking aerial in the shop, its usually a "Mugs Eyeful" and performs no better. Also do not be fooled by excessive db or dbi gain figures, very often they are plucked out of thin air.
Edited by: "gw1mcd" 6th Jun 2011
mistersquiddy

If you want to ditch Sky then presumably you have a satellite dish, in … If you want to ditch Sky then presumably you have a satellite dish, in which case why not get a Freesat box?



New TV has built in Freeview HD. I was working on the basis that adding an aerial would be a more cost affective alternative to free-sat, one less piece of equipement/remote and be easier to split off to other rooms. But I am open to suggestions...
gw1mcd

Also do not be fooled by excessive db or dbi gain figures, very often … Also do not be fooled by excessive db or dbi gain figures, very often they are plucked out of thin air.



I thought that's what aerials did.
p-e-t-e

Always makes me laugh when they try to play on the words "digital aerial" … Always makes me laugh when they try to play on the words "digital aerial" as there is no such thing.Also the description uses "outdoor" twice, then states "waterproof NO" I guess it's a good price if you want to hold an umbrella above it every time it rains!!!



Just wondering if it is sun- proof? ha ha ha!
buckfast67uk

my postcode brings up thiswhat the heck does that mean?



It means that you are seriously close to Sandy Heath transmitter, which is a main one, so very high powered. You could probably use an aerial in the loft or an indoor aerial as long as it is at a window pointing south.
This is what I have in my loft http://****.co.uk/Fra…002?pt=UK_ConEle_SatCableFreeview_RL&hash=item43a624233a
(there are some cheaper on there)

My field strength is 63db so less than yours, with a 6 way splitter which reduces it further but I get perfect reception through my wall ports

If you note this graph aerialsandtv.com/san…tml that a lot of the channels are at the bottom of the range, and the SLX aerial will not have great reception of those, but better of the ones around 40-50UHF

Edited by: "Cozworth806" 6th Jun 2011
DannyYellowbridge1991

i did'nt understand none of that bruv innit



Thats fine, maybe you don't but its worth learning if you want decent TV reception through an aerial, espeically if you don't want to be ripped off by a cowboy aerial installer.
I got one of these yesterday as old aerial had fallen to bits. I put it in the attic so no need for it to be weatherproof and running 3 feeds from it to the kids rooms. Works well for DTV on their LCD TVs and provided around 70-80 DTV channels plus the Radio channels on top so all in all works pretty well for the price.
Oh and wasn't it the government who ran the original "Scare yuou into changing your aerial for the digital switchover" campaigns on TV?

Makes you wonder if they get commision from aerial fitters.

You could still get digital freeview through a couple of coat hangers and a bit of cable.....(although questionable reception) the point is that an aerial is an aerial, no such thing as digital aerial.
Cozworth806

It means that you are seriously close to Sandy Heath transmitter, which … It means that you are seriously close to Sandy Heath transmitter, which is a main one, so very high powered. You could probably use an aerial in the loft or an indoor aerial as long as it is at a window pointing south. This is what I have in my loft http://****.co.uk/Fracarro-Log-Periodic-LP45NF-NEW-MODEL-CAI-APPROVED-/290550195002?pt=UK_ConEle_SatCableFreeview_RL&hash=item43a624233a(there are some cheaper on there)My field strength is 63db so less than yours, with a 6 way splitter which reduces it further but I get perfect reception through my wall portsIf you note this graph http://www.aerialsandtv.com/sandytransmitter.html#SandyPostDSOgraph that a lot of the channels are at the bottom of the range, and the SLX aerial will not have great reception of those, but better of the ones around 40-50UHF




Great answer
Dont spose you can tell me what mine means? and what sort of aerial would i need, i would like to be able to have 4 TVs off it? as my current one gets nothing now
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/9558/unledcf.jpg
Edited by: "Chuckles1001" 6th Jun 2011
The aerialsandtv site is a real gem. Well worth a look at.
Oh and GW1MCD -nice rig.
Chuckles1001

Great answer :)Dont spose you can tell me what mine means? and what sort … Great answer :)Dont spose you can tell me what mine means? and what sort of aerial would i need, i would like to be able to have 4 TVs off it? as my current one gets nothing now



Chuckles...
You have two choices, the local one (Nottingham) is stronger but only just. Waltham again is a main transmitter so likely will get better reception from that transmitter from an aerial mounted on the roof. The grouping of channels means you need either a log periodic (as above) or something like this aerialsandtv.com/onl…tml but to run 4 TV's from it then I would possibily suggest a masthead amp (a good quality booster that sits just a little way from the aerial where the signal is of good quality and amplifies it to all TV's) If you have a clear line of site to the south East then Waltham will be better, if you are clear to Nottingham (North West) then you would be best with that.
It may be worth a retune also as a lot of these transmitters have been moving their channels around prior to switchover, and Nottingham moved in April last. Waltham moves finally in October this year but will then be five times stronger than it is now, so you shouldn't have an issue from then if your aerial is pointing at it
I'm guessing you are near Radford in Nottingham, check which way the majority of aerials point near you, and base your decision on that as well, nothing like local knowledge, I am very surprised you can't get freeview at the mo, you should be able to without much issue from one of three transmitters (the other being Sutton Coldfield)

BTW the H stands for Horizontal, or the aerial laying flat, with Vertical meaning the aerial is upright. (Waltham and Sutton Coldfield are H, Nottingham is V)

Edited by: "Cozworth806" 6th Jun 2011
Cozworth806

Chuckles... You have two choices, the local one (Nottingham) is stronger … Chuckles... You have two choices, the local one (Nottingham) is stronger but only just. Waltham again is a main transmitter so likely will get better reception from that transmitter from an aerial mounted on the roof. The grouping of channels means you need either a log periodic (as above) or something like this http://www.aerialsandtv.com/onlineaerials.html#Yagi18K but to run 4 TV's from it then I would possibily suggest a masthead amp (a good quality booster that sits just a little way from the aerial where the signal is of good quality and amplifies it to all TV's) If you have a clear line of site to the south East then Waltham will be better, if you are clear to Nottingham (North West) then you would be best with that.It may be worth a retune also as a lot of these transmitters have been moving their channels around prior to switchover, and Nottingham moved in April last. Waltham moves finally in October this year but will then be five times stronger than it is now, so you shouldn't have an issue from then if your aerial is pointing at itI'm guessing you are near Radford in Nottingham, check which way the majority of aerials point near you, and base your decision on that as well, nothing like local knowledge, I am very surprised you can't get freeview at the mo, you should be able to without much issue from one of three transmitters (the other being Sutton Coldfield) BTW the H stands for Horizontal, or the aerial laying flat, with Vertical meaning the aerial is upright. (Waltham and Sutton Coldfield are H, Nottingham is V)



Thanks i have to sort something out as i need to get it sorted (cos i am to scare to go on the roof myself) to rent my house out. I used to get a signal for normal TV perfectly (1to5) until the change now i dont get anything, i could not get freeview before the change either. I also have a big tree 15 meters from the house due SE. I am in Beeston btw lol
The big tree may well be the issue only if you are using Waltham with a loft aerial.
If you are using Nottingham then it could simply be an effect of using an amplifier that is overloading the tuner due to the DSO power increase (Nottingham went DSO in March/April)? If you are then I suggest removing it first as that is a simple test, and retune your freeview box (analogue has gone so no point using that)
If the aerial you have currently has a red end bung then it will be a A group aerial and you will likely only get 3 of the 6 groups of freeview channels without an aerial upgrade.
PM me if you need more help, but I am back at work tomoro so may be later on in the day)
at the end of the day is it any good or rubbish innit
With these aerials, you can use them throughout the whole day.
Cozworth806

The big tree may well be the issue only if you are using Waltham with a … The big tree may well be the issue only if you are using Waltham with a loft aerial.If you are using Nottingham then it could simply be an effect of using an amplifier that is overloading the tuner due to the DSO power increase (Nottingham went DSO in March/April)? If you are then I suggest removing it first as that is a simple test, and retune your freeview box (analogue has gone so no point using that)If the aerial you have currently has a red end bung then it will be a A group aerial and you will likely only get 3 of the 6 groups of freeview channels without an aerial upgrade.PM me if you need more help, but I am back at work tomoro so may be later on in the day)



My aerial is on the roof (so i cant really see a red bung) yes they went digital in march i think. I dont have it split, it just goes down from the roof into the living room on 1 TV. i would be happy just to get freeview there working maybe FreeviewHD, i would have to get someone to fit it, so what is it you do? lol
am very pleased others have pointed out the marketing drivel that is "digital aerial".

I bought my wideband aerial a few years ago during a special deal at Maplins; it was a plain wideband one, identical to the "digital" aerial in every way except it was half the price.
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