Digital aerial leads

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  1. adamsdad

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    Are digital aerial leads different to analogue ones?

    I have telewest digital tv. The aerial lead from the wall socket to the digibox is very short and I would like to extend it. It costs £25 to get a technician out so to save some cash I want to do it myself but am not sure what sort of cable to use.
    I understand that as long as the digibox is switched off when I do the work there should be no problem - unless anyone knows different?



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    Just but an RF extension lead.

    Shouldn't cost more than a couple of quid.

    Try Argos, Maplins or cpc.
     
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    Although it's always to best to do so, I don't think unplugging an aeriel lead and plugging in a new one will do your box any harm whilst it's switched on.
     
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    I wouldn't bother with a cheapo cable. You will get MUCH better results if you make your own.

    Buy the appropriate length of satellite downlead cable, not TV co-ax. The satellite stuff is much better, and has an extra mylar tape shielding layer.

    You'll also need the normal TV co-ax cables (I always use the all-metal type, not the plastic bodied). Satellite cable is approx £1 per meter, and the connectors are about £1.50 a pair IIRC. Make sure you buy the right 'sex' (i.e male / female). You should find all you need at B&Q. They also have shielded wall sockets which help reduce interference still further.

    Making the cable up is easy - you'll need a sharp Stanley knife to cut the various layers to the right length. Takes about 10 minutes tops.

    Hope this helps!

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    Make sure you have the right 'gender' of plugs at each end though...
     
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    Thanks guys

    B&Q had everything I needed.

    Good thing about B&Q is that they will change almost everything without question so getting wrong connectors etc is no disaster.
     

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