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    Decent Ariel for Freeview? Advice Needed

    My GF lives in a village with poor tv reception, typing her postcode into the freeview checker it said she could get most channels.

    Got her a freeview box but using the ariel already in the house it just comes up with "No Transmitter" or "No Ariel" Something along those lines, i have used another freeview box with the same results, and portable ariels etc.

    Now, there are some cheap indoor ariels at argos, like £25, which have been getting good reviews.

    Does anyone with any knowledge knows if these will be any good? Reviews state that in remote village they have picked up freeview great.

    Cheers for the advice.

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    You could try an electronic signal amplifier (booster):thumbsup:

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    Original Poster

    transit;7413786

    You could try an electronic signal amplifier (booster):thumbsup:



    Already have (tried two), still came up with the same message on both boxes. Both with their indoor one, and portable ariels.

    the__mayster;7413805

    Already have (tried two), still came up with the same message on both … Already have (tried two), still came up with the same message on both boxes. Both with their indoor one, and portable ariels.



    Not sure how accessible the original aerial is, but you could try adjusting it :thumbsup:

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    transit;7413826

    Not sure how accessible the original aerial is, but you could try … Not sure how accessible the original aerial is, but you could try adjusting it :thumbsup:



    Pointing it another way you mean?

    Indoor aerial won't cut it, don't bother. Height + line of sight to transmitter is everything with an aerial, so you really need a roof-mounted aerial higher than adjacent buildings. Boosters will boost the noise as well as any weak signal which isn't so big a problem on analog TV but will tend to stop digital TV from working altogether.

    the__mayster;7413858

    Pointing it another way you mean?



    yes not entirely but just turning it slightly to see if it improves, check the other aerials nearby and see which way they are pointing:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    jah128;7413886

    Indoor aerial won't cut it, don't bother. Height + line of sight to … Indoor aerial won't cut it, don't bother. Height + line of sight to transmitter is everything with an aerial, so you really need a roof-mounted aerial higher than adjacent buildings. Boosters will boost the noise as well as any weak signal which isn't so big a problem on analog TV but will tend to stop digital TV from working altogether.



    I know you said indoor aerials wont cut it, but what if its a outdoor one put in the loft?

    the__mayster;7413923

    I know you said indoor aerials wont cut it, but what if its a outdoor one … I know you said indoor aerials wont cut it, but what if its a outdoor one put in the loft?



    What is the current aerial and where is it?

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    jah128;7413931

    What is the current aerial and where is it?



    No idea what the current aerial is, i have not got into the loft too look at it. But it is in the loft.

    If she cannot get a good picture from a proper aerial in the loft , then I wouldn't hold out much hope from an indoor aerial. I reckon she needs a roof mounted aerial, or wait until the signal is boosted after analogue switch off.

    the__mayster;7413944

    No idea what the current aerial is, i have not got into the loft too look … No idea what the current aerial is, i have not got into the loft too look at it. But it is in the loft.



    When we moved into our house the aerial was in the loft and reception was rubbish. We had an aerial engineer out and he fixed a pole to the side of the house and mounted the same aerial to it. Reception is better now but I'm still thinking about getting a new wideband aerial.

    Original Poster

    doberman;7414096

    If she cannot get a good picture from a proper aerial in the loft , then … If she cannot get a good picture from a proper aerial in the loft , then I wouldn't hold out much hope from an indoor aerial. I reckon she needs a roof mounted aerial, or wait until the signal is boosted after analogue switch off.



    She can get 1 2 3 4 fine, and 5 but 5 is not watchable.

    And it wouldnt be a indoor aerial, it would be a outdoor aerial put in the loft.

    Some areas have no chance of recieving any TV signals. I know of a particular spot in Morpeth ,Northumberland where a householder has had numerous engineers to the house fitting arials ,boosters etc but still a poor reception . They eventually had to get a Sky dish and subscribe to have channels on their TV .But , the alternative was Freesat . A fixed dish pointing to the Sky sats @ 28.2* and some Freesat boxes from Argos has solved a problem . Perfect reception , very good picture quality and now no subscription . Fair do's , you dont get all the channels that Freeview push out ,but you get the main ones ,advertised at around 140.
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