TV aerial - Help needed please

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Found 20th Dec 2008
I have given up with my 25-year-old "portable" TV and have bought a cheap LCD monitor, mostly for watching DVDs. It has an integrated Freeview receiver. The monitor works OK - and I get reasonable analogue TV reception using my existing (1970's) loft aerial, but no digital reception.

Can anyone tell me, please, what is the simplest and cheapest way to get Freeview? As I say, my existing aerial is in the loft (the house is a bungalow). I am, apparently, in an area with good Freeview reception.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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you need a digital aerial

You need a 'Wideband' aerial to get Digital reception. ! :thumbsup:

If it's for the loft or roof ...get something like this :

maplin.co.uk/Mod…ule

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fragaliciousbob;3816447

you need a digital aerial



No you dont. I have a computer with a built in TV Tuner and i can get digital tv on it via a normal aerial

yep just swap the aerial in the loft for a digital one about £20 in argos etc will be fine in the loft

Jerry786;3816460

No you dont. I have a computer with a built in TV Tuner and i can get … No you dont. I have a computer with a built in TV Tuner and i can get digital tv on it via a normal aerial



your 'normal' aerial must be a 'wideband' one.

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fragaliciousbob;3816447

you need a digital aerial


an aerial is an aerial isn't it? You can get high gain ones which help digital reception but it's still an aerial.

Try this page :-

argos.co.uk/web…%3E

I would try a booster first as I had bad freeview until I bought one. Check the reviews of each on the above link.


Take it you have tried tuning the freeview channels in? Does it find nothing at all?

depends where you are, my inlaws in london get freeview off a ****** aerial that sits on the tv, but here in the midlands a half decent roof aerial(digital), just manages to do the job. completely depends where you are. screwfix does one for just over a tenner.

Best explanation i can find is here :

freeview-aerials.co.uk/

But you will more than likely need a 'wideband' aerial.

aerials are split up into groups a,b,c,d and w the first 4 can only pickup channels at certain frequencies the latter w for wideband can pickup on all domestic frequencies. this is the type of aerial needed for freeview. you can usually tell by looking at the endcap of an aerial to see its group, you'll have a coloured plastic square and it will be either red,blue,green, or yellow for the 1st four and black if its wideband. if it has no endcap its probably wideband

fragaliciousbob;3816447

you need a digital aerial




No such thing.

A TV aerial is a TV aerial.

Best option is to ask your close neighbours what they use to get good Freeview reception.:thumbsup:

tdogg;3816510

depends where you are, my inlaws in london get freeview off a ****** … depends where you are, my inlaws in london get freeview off a ****** aerial that sits on the tv, but here in the midlands a half decent roof aerial(digital), just manages to do the job. completely depends where you are. screwfix does one for just over a tenner.



This one :

screwfix.com/pro…ent

Inactive;3816545

No such thing.A TV aerial is a TV aerial.Best option is to ask your close … No such thing.A TV aerial is a TV aerial.Best option is to ask your close neighbours what they use to get good Freeview reception.:thumbsup:



Borlocks .....read post #9 above ! :roll:

The important words here are from the OP himself "cheap LCD monitor". Some of the cheap LCD TV's have very poor digital receivers and that is the problem. Fitting a new aeriel may not solve the problem. I bought a Hannspree 19" TV/monitor from Misco recently and the reception for the digtal receiver is woeful. I just bought a cheap signal booster and all is well again.
Is the TV plugged into the main aeriel point or is it in another room served by an aeriel extension lead, digital signals are fairly weak in comparison to analogue signals and degrade very quickly. Any additional connector or adaptor will significantly affect the signal strength, in radio antennas any connector will reduce the signal strength by 50%.

pugw$sh;3816592

Is the TV plugged into the main aeriel point or is it in another room … Is the TV plugged into the main aeriel point or is it in another room served by an aeriel extension lead, digital signals are fairly weak in comparison to analogue signals and degrade very quickly. Any additional connector or adaptor will significantly affect the signal strength, in radio antennas any connector will reduce the signal strength by 50%.



Rubbish ! :roll:

Original Poster

Thanks, all, for your help......all acknowledged appropriately!

As I suspected, it's all a bit more complicated that my senior self can manage!!!

My existing aerial probably needs replacing - I omitted to mention that I have never managed to get analogue Channel 5! The local transmitter is in sight of my home (about 12 miles away and visible on a clear day).

Inactive;3816545

Best option is to ask your close neighbours what they use to get good … Best option is to ask your close neighbours what they use to get good Freeview reception.:thumbsup:


I had already done what was suggested here ..... but as I mentioned, my aerial is in the loft of my bungalow. All my neighbours have rooftop aerials on their two-storey houses!!! So I possibly have no guarantee that the same aerial on my roof will provide a solution.

Lucky I'm not that bothered about TV really. Just thought it might be nice.:roll:

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pugw$sh;3816592

The important words here are from the OP himself "cheap LCD monitor". … The important words here are from the OP himself "cheap LCD monitor". Some of the cheap LCD TV's have very poor digital receivers and that is the problem. Fitting a new aeriel may not solve the problem. I bought a Hannspree 19" TV/monitor from Misco recently and the reception for the digtal receiver is woeful. I just bought a cheap signal booster and all is well again.Is the TV plugged into the main aeriel point or is it in another room served by an aeriel extension lead, digital signals are fairly weak in comparison to analogue signals and degrade very quickly. Any additional connector or adaptor will significantly affect the signal strength, in radio antennas any connector will reduce the signal strength by 50%.


:thumbsup:

borrow a decent freeview box to eliminate the aerial from the equation.

Mecoconuts;3816550

Borlocks .....read post #9 above ! :roll:



Not at all, there is no such thing as a " Digital Aerial " it is pure sales hype, there are different types and sizes of aerials, but they are still just TV Aerials.

deebdeeb;3816649

I had already done what was suggested here ..... but as I mentioned, my … I had already done what was suggested here ..... but as I mentioned, my aerial is in the loft of my bungalow. All my neighbours have rooftop aerials on their two-storey houses!!! So I possibly have no guarantee that the same aerial on my roof will provide a solution.Lucky I'm not that bothered about TV really. Just thought it might be nice.:roll:



I bet an external aerial similar to those used by your neighbours will do the trick, good luck,

A loft aerial will never work as well as an external one.

Original Poster

My house is "littered" with aerial points. I have not (in my 25 years here) managed to work out if all of them actually make connection with the loft aerial! I have always just used the one that gave the best reception on my old TV (with a L O N G extension lead). Maybe I'll have a play around when the mood takes me. In the meantime, I'll just watch my usual snippets of BBC 1 & 2 and curse the fact that I pay my licence fee for about half an hour's viewing per week!

Inactive;3816682

Not at all, there is no such thing as a " Digital Aerial " it is pure … Not at all, there is no such thing as a " Digital Aerial " it is pure sales hype, there are different types and sizes of aerials, but they are still just TV Aerials.



I agree there is no such thing as a 'Digital Aerial' but the Aerial MUST be 'WIDEBAND' capable to receive the signal. :roll:

Original Poster

Thanks again.
I will maybe try some of the many other aerial points in my house, and try eliminating my L O N G extension lead. Then I will have a go with someone else's freeview box. In the meantime I will carry on just watching my usual snippets of BBC1 and BBC2, and continue cursing the fact that I pay my licence fee for about half an hour's tv viewing per week!!!
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