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Can someone recommend a cheap(ish) set-top TV aerial?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by NicolasB, May 29, 2003.

  1. NicolasB

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    One of these days I will get around to buying a proper roof-top aerial, wiring up the house with double-shielded coax, and buying a Freeview box. But in the meantime I just need a set-top aerial that will allow me to get good reception for analogue teletext, and/or allow gf to use the portable TV upstairs to watch Big Brother on Channel Four while I'm watching something else (ANYTHING ELSE! :) ) on Sky downstairs.

    Terrestrial analogue reception in my area is pretty awful, but much of the problem is not a weak signal so much as the fact that you get the signal twice - once direct, and once bounced off Canary Wharf, producing an almost perfect double image on some channels. :mad: So I don't know that lots of signal boosting would help much.

    Anyhow: anyone have a particular model they'd recommend for £30 or less?
     
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    I have a philips that is pretty good it has a nice adjustable dipole that can tune in or out and a built in amplifier if you need one. Got it from tesco but i think Argos might sell it.
     
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    Model number...?
     
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    Its the only one that looks like a small sat dish!
    I dont have the aerial to hand at the moment £25 if that helps at least at argos you can take it back if it dont work.
     
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    Check out the Antiference Silver Sensor; best indoor aerial I've ever owned. In the valleys, where we have to rely on rather weak relay transmitters... after trying 5 or 6 other indoor aerials this was the only one that could manage a decent pic! Well worth every penny :)

    Available from Maplin
     
  6. NicolasB

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    I've actually already got one of those silver sensors - never had the chance to compare it with anything else, though. Maybe I'll just get another one. :)
     
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    Looks like the only way to get rid of your ghosting will be one of these ... I actually have friends in Surrey Quays and they had the Canary Wharf "issues" until they bought one... and you're right no amount of boosting will work, it'll just make things worse ;)
     
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    It is indeed :)
     
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    Silver Sensor gets my vote too. I tried a load from Argos but the SS was by far the best.
     
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    So a Silver Sensor aerial actually reduces ghosting? Wow. The double image is bad enough even using a Silver Sensor, I'd hate to see what it's like with a different aerial....
     

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