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Indoor aerials

What do you do if you can't use an external aerial for Freeview?

What do you do if you can't use an external aerial for Freeview
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We have tested a number of indoor aerials, to investigate how well they work for Freeview reception.

Simple stick

The first is a small 20cm high simple stick aerial, costing a few pounds. This was found to give adequate reception of (16QAM-mode) Freeview channels in strong signal areas, especially outside.

However, unless it can be placed in direct sight of the transmitter an only unsatisfactory signal can be received.

Indoor Yagi

The second form of aerial is of the Yagi design of around 30cm length, costing around 10.

This aerial was slightly better than the simple stick design, largely because it can be directed to point at the transmitter and be positioned horizontally or vertically as required.

However, in poor signal areas the 64QAM channels were not received, and the aerial required good placement to get an uninterrupted Freeview signal.

Indoor Panel aerial

This was found to have around the same reception quality as the Indoor Yagi type, and cost around the same.

Indoor digital aerial with booster

Costing 25-30, the improvement of the signal provided by a modern internal TV aerial. Typically able to boost the signal by 36dB, this type of aerial when well positioned provided stable, uninterrupted Freeview reception on all channels.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

4:51 PM

bee: Yes, you can watch different channels on each set.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 14 April 2011
christine gibby
4:26 PM

I have a portable humax tv in the kitchen which runs off an indoor ariel as there is no tv point. It is digital, we have just lost bbc 2, so I switched the tv from analogue to digital mode. We recieve perfect bbc channels including bbc freeview channels bout cannot get any itv, channel 4 or 5. The message is no signal or signal scrambled. What do I have to do to recieve all channels? Our other tv, also digital, runs perfectly in another room, but it is plugged into the main wall ariel socket. Thankyou for your help.

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christine gibby's 1 post GB
Friday, 15 April 2011

8:11 AM

christine gibby: You need a rooftop aerial.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
11:37 AM

i have a portable tv using an indoor portable ariel now lost all channels due to switchover what o i need to do.

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Rosie's 1 post GB

2:22 PM

Rosie: A rooftop aerial is required for digital TV reception, and also a digital TV or a Freeview box.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Sunday, 8 May 2011
3:58 PM

i can not have a roof top aerial as we are not allowed them on our building any ideas

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pam's 3 posts GB

6:58 PM

pam: Are you able to install a loft aerial? Though not recommended for freeview reception you would usually have better results from a loft aerial than one placed in the room which is prone to signal variation caused by people walking about as well as being closer to interference sources in the home. On the plus side The Digital UK postcode checker shows a strong signal from the Keighley transmitter is expected at your location both now and after switchover. Remember to set any aerial for vertical polarisation (rods vertical) when using this transmitter.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
5:00 PM

have a loft aerial for main telly in living room so may need to link in to it for daughters bedroom tv. we had no problems until they started to update the transmiter daughter was able to get all channels on her top box till then. thank you for your reply

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pam's 3 posts GB
Saturday, 14 May 2011
10:13 PM

I have a digital TV in my bedroom with built in freeview using an indoor aerial. I could get all the channels perfectly then the other morning they all disappeared saying no signal. I retuned the TV automatically and it recovered most of the channels except for ITV and channel 4 and 5 etc - has something changed in my area which is Nottingham? or do I need another aerial though the one I had was working fine before?

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Julie's 1 post EU
Sunday, 15 May 2011

4:48 PM

Julie: Generally speaking, indoor aerials are not suitable for reliable Freeview reception. You should really connect your set to a rooftop aerial.

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