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New aerial.

The wind has finally killed my old aerial, its been up there at least 15 years so its had a good innings, could someone tell me roughly how much a new one will cost? (the coax was replaced recently)

Will I get the option of standard aerial ?

I read earlier a standard aerial will do just as good a job as a digital one, is this true as I don't want to pay more for the digital one if it is not required.


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paulr2006

Distinguished Member
A Digital aerial is Wideband rather than the regionalised standard "Group" aerials & is worth having to ensure you get good DTV & all available muxes & should only cost a £ or two more than a good standard one, in fact many installers only use wideband now.

Price is difficult to say as it depends very much upon competition & how many cowbows you have in your area. I have seen installations between £100 & £500 & all to often the £500 ones are the worst! If possible try & find a local independant TV/Electrical shop, you often find these do the best jobs at very reasonable prices.
 

mike7

Distinguished Member
There is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. Some are a bit more sensitive than others for use in poor reception areas. If you check out your local B & Q or Maplin you will find they cost about £30 to £40, sometimes less. What might cost you a bit more is for an aerial installer to put it up for you. Checkout that they are a registered installer. There are a lot of con-artists about at the moment installing aerials people do not need. For a straightforward property I would expect you could get the job done for about £60. If the brackets and stuff need replacement it might be a bit more. If it lasts another 15 years it will be money well spent.
 

Andy98765

Distinguished Member
The wind has finally killed my old aerial, its been up there at least 15 years so its had a good innings, could someone tell me roughly how much a new one will cost? (the coax was replaced recently)

Will I get the option of standard aerial ?

I read earlier a standard aerial will do just as good a job as a digital one, is this true as I don't want to pay more for the digital one if it is not required.


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Standard aerials and so say digital aerials cost around the same money. If you getting fixed up do consider the whole picture.
If you have more than one set in the house get the aerial put up and attached to a distribution amp for other sets etc.
It is cheaper in the long run to get a whole job done rather than keep calling back aerial fitters.
 
Thanks to all who have answered.

We have a well known small family firm in the area that has been in buisness for many years, they are coming today to give a free estiamte, they will have an aerial on the van, if the price is right they will get the job.

I expected the whole job to be around £100 if they say £500 I will do it myself. :rotfl:
 

paulr2006

Distinguished Member
There is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. Some are a bit more sensitive than others for use in poor reception areas. If you check out your local B & Q or Maplin you will find they cost about £30 to £40, sometimes less. What might cost you a bit more is for an aerial installer to put it up for you. Checkout that they are a registered installer. There are a lot of con-artists about at the moment installing aerials people do not need. For a straightforward property I would expect you could get the job done for about £60. If the brackets and stuff need replacement it might be a bit more. If it lasts another 15 years it will be money well spent.

I used the term "Digital" aerial because that is the way they are usually marketed, I also said "Wideband" aerial which is the correct terminology :) Also it would be very false economy not to change the brackets/lashings at the same time or you may well reck the new aerial when the next gust of wind comes.
 

paulr2006

Distinguished Member
Thanks to all who have answered.

We have a well known small family firm in the area that has been in buisness for many years, they are coming today to give a free estiamte, they will have an aerial on the van, if the price is right they will get the job.

I expected the whole job to be around £100 if they say £500 I will do it myself. :rotfl:

Yes, this is without a doubt the best route to take, hope you don't have the same high winds we have today or your installer might need some sky hooks :D
 

paulr2006

Distinguished Member
Well if you are talking about the Digital channels it is unlikely to be any better as they either work or break up/Freeze, it does not really affect picture quality. All a wideband aerial does is ensure you get the maximum number of Muxes available. The Analogue picter would only be any better if the old one was misaligned or poor quality providing the signal was good in the first place :)
are you saying the picture is bad or did you expect it better some how?
 
are you saying the picture is bad or did you expect it better some how?

As we moved from a 15+ years old aerial to a new all singing all dancing aerial I was expecting the picture quality of the channels that have the worst PQ to improve, obviously this was never going to happen.

My point was I may as well have bought the cheapest aerial I could find and got it installed as paying for the more expensive type has not made any difference to PQ.
 

paulr2006

Distinguished Member
As we moved from a 15+ years old aerial to a new all singing all dancing aerial I was expecting the picture quality of the channels that have the worst PQ to improve, obviously this was never going to happen.

My point was I may as well have bought the cheapest aerial I could find and got it installed as paying for the more expensive type has not made any difference to PQ.

I see your point but this is where specialist local knowledge is important as a local installer should know whats required in your area, believe me it can vary considerably with location. Also the difference in cost between a bog standard & wideband is coppers, you can however pay a premium for a Quality make but often this will pay in the long term :)
 

grahamlthompson

In memoriam
There is only 1 wideband worth fitting and that's a log periodic. If you have a grp A transmitter and a poor signal you would be crazy to fit a yagi wideband as the gain at the bottom end is very very poor. Fitting a wideband especially to a group A transmitter is likey to give you problems in the long run as more transmitters increase there digital power output. Reception from multiple transmitters is a no no for freeview pvrs. For the best information there is on aerial types and the appropriate ones to fit for your transmitter and location see here.

ATV`s Choice Of Aerials
 

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