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Best Arial Signal-Booster Box?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by dynamic turtle, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. dynamic turtle

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    Hi,

    The signal quality from my aerial is very poor (terrible during last night's sunspot activity). For various reasons, I cannot alter/improve the aerial or the cabling.

    I'm using a cheapo signal booster that does little to improve things and was wondering if there was anything out there that can make a meaningful improvement? I.e. something that boosts the signal, rather than the noise!

    Budget £100.

    What make/brand do you use?
     
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    Bumpety bump.....
     
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    what u need is a mast head amplifer, u place a the amp box as close to the aerial feed as possible then u plug in the amplifier near the tv, this provides the curent for the amp and u are boosting the signal at its strongest point.

    have a look here, scroll down get the 26db one and the power pack.

    http://www.beststuff.co.uk/aerial_amplifiers.htm

    there are better ones but cant think at moment.

    gbmitey
     
  4. Tight Git

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    Mast head amplifiers are fine to make up the loss in a long cable run. :lesson:

    However, the QUALITY of the signal is dependent on the specification of the aerial (gain, directivity, front to rear ratio etc).

    If you don't get that right, a mast head amp will only give you more of the same. :mad:
     
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    This might be of no help if you already tried a booster:

    I just bought a Philex one room aerial booster and it has worked really well with a portable labgear aerial and a On digital box. It has a variable boost screw too, it was 9.99 from Argos. It does 14Db and says its low noise.

    I also saw a Philips 12Db booster for £6.97 in Asda, i didnt buy it as i just had a bad experience with their dish shaped portable aerial. Someone on digital spy recently recommended it though for improving their signal.
     
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    GB, I'm a tennant, so installing a masthead amp would be expensive and pointless, as I couldn't really take it with me if I moved again.

    GB, I bought one of those £9.99 Philex/SLX2B jobbies from Maplins and they are rubbish! It wouldn't work daisy-chained with another aerial booster either :(

    Wasted a lot of time & money so far.....
     
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    Sorry DT, but you'll continue to waste time and money while you continue trying to improve an already rubbishy signal.

    As I posted earlier, your problem lies at the other end of your feeder cable. :lesson:
     

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