Can anyone recommend a digital freeview booster?

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  1. Jack D-R

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    Hello guys,

    Just recieved my new Panny TX-32LXD600 and the signal is rather poor. Just wondered if someone could recommend a booster thingy that the ariel plugs into?

    Cheers, from Jack.
     
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    A quick search found this 14dB amp has a very good noise figure of just 2.5dB's which is required for maximum benefit from a booster.

    I use a Telecam TCE1001 which produces 4dB of noise for the same gain. Seems to do the job well enough most of the time. Cheaper price but less performance.
     
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    Hi, I am also looking for a signal booster - I have only a few channels showing on my freeview on the portable tv, and am unable to get channels 1 - 4 through box - will a booster really make a difference or is it a case of 'if your reception is poor then freeview is unsuitable' ? Thanks :)
     
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    The one that I use has adjustable gain and a noise figure of just 1.4db which (since it's a logarithmic scale) is waaay better than most others.

    See http://www.satcure.co.uk/accs/page11c.htm#variable
    and http://www.satcure.co.uk/tech/amps.htm#masthead

    But before splashing out on a booster, you should make sure that your aerial is the correct type for your local transmitter* and your cable (and wall plate connector) are fully-shielded.

    *Not necessarily a "wideband" type. It depends on where you are.
     
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    Sometimes in the case of missing channels it could be that a change of freeview box is required to something that has a more sensitive front end (tuner). Some boxes particularly if they are some years old are notorisly insenitive. This is ok if you have and live in a good signal area but for further out in the sticks reception they can be troublesome. Buying a booster for one of these is probably a waste of time.

    OTOH if your using the standard aerial supplied with the TV then get it connected to a proper roof top aerial or at least something fitted in the loft.
     

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