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Aerial Advice

Discussion in 'Freeview' started by fattakin, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. fattakin

    fattakin Member

    I currently use a skint indoor aerial.. has been fine as im less than 5 miles form Divis transmitter. But we've re-arranged the living room furniture and it no longer has a line of sight to the window.

    I'm definitely missing 1 mux at the minute, no film 4

    My cheap otion is to run a 20m extension cable along the room and try and find the sweet spot.

    or I can do a loft install of a cheapo loft aerial.

    Dont really have the cash for a professional Aerial installed on the Chimney but this might be preferable if i want to also get the SOARVIEW service i mentioned in another thread.

    Thoughts on a Loft Aerial, anyone ever used? What's the best way to get a cable down from it with minimal drilling?
  2. af123

    af123 Administrator Staff Member

    I have a TRIAX UNIX 52 loft aerial which was about 20 quid on eBay in 2005... I have a fairly new house with thermal bricks inside and artificial stone outside (made of concrete so fairly dense). I have line of site to Elmley Moor although there are a couple of valleys between us; according to the DTG site it's 22km away. I'm still using the original cheap brown coax that the builders put in (I do keep meaning to replace it!) but I have all muxes nice and clearly. Lots of connectors in the loft too and I MUX FM down the same drop cables to a splitter plate.

    So basically I do everything that you shouldn't for a good signal and still have no problems at all!

    The easiest way to run a cable depends on the construction of your house. If it's plasterboard dabbed onto thermal blocks like mine then just make a hole and push the cable right up into the loft with a length of flexible plastic (old curtain track or the like). It may be easiest to run the cable up the outside wall, just watch that you put a loop at the bottom end of the cable so that the cable goes up and then into the wall - that stops water running down the cable into the hole. Stud walls are the easiest because they're open to the loft so you just make a hole for the aerial plate then drop the cable straight down.
  3. fattakin

    fattakin Member

    Its a 1920's terrace so the loft is fairly insulation fee. Its just full of junk!

    I have an existing cat5e cable running into it from the back bedroom so i could possibly use that existing route and pass it from there into the living room. OK cool i can consider that, just need a really long RF cable. ebay seems to only have 10m lengths (would need white)

    I need a wideband one? I can see that model on ebay.
  4. Black Hole

    Black Hole May contain traces of nut

    If I ever do any aerial wiring in future, I'm going to use satellite stuff. Far lower loss at UHF, less to worry about.
  5. Rodders53

    Rodders53 New Member

    Read the advice given by a professional installer, Justin, on the aerialsandtv.com website: It covers the lot: aerial choice, cable choice, loft vs outside vs room aerials ... the lot.
  6. aber1

    aber1 Member

    I would thoroughly agree with that. I have referred to the aerialsandtv web-site many a time.

    BTW, you can pick up multiples of 10m lengths of CAI approved dual copper shielded WF100 Belden Webro coax. cable from eBay, for relatively little money.

    Screwfix are doing a good deal on the CAI approved Labgear 48-element aerial.