Indoor TV aeriel that works

  Seth Haniel 11:58 10 Sep 08
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any out there ???

  jack 12:10 10 Sep 08

in relation to the transmitter, both in distance and line of sight[large building/ mountains and the like.
Many make quite extravagant claims- mostly unsupportable because of the aforementioned location.

Before you go off to spend money experiment with a wire clothes hanger .
I made an Aeriel once with a short length co-ax and two ribs from a broken umbrella and plenty of tape to hold it all together.

  Seth Haniel 12:36 10 Sep 08

and it won't even pick up terrestrial in bedroom
if I connect to main downstairs aerial works fine - but don't want to run coax diagonal height of house

  anchor 12:46 10 Sep 08

Jack has given you the best answer possible.

We live in a strong signal area, but trying a "good" indoor aerial in the ground floor rear of the house, the signal was poor. The accompanying amplifier did not help much.

The location of the TV in your premises is equally an important factor.

  anchor 12:48 10 Sep 08

An alternative: put an aerial in your loft, (if you have one), and run the coax from there to your bedroom. That should not be too long a run.

  jack 17:33 10 Sep 08

Where ever the existing aeriel is situated would not a 'Y' joint at a suitable location suitably insulated if the join is out side do the job.

  Stuartli 22:53 10 Sep 08

This portable TV aerial (£10 at Argos, powered version similar performance but pricier) works well with a Sony 15in portable TV and modest Freeview set top box:

click here

To ensure that it picked up all the stations, I did a channel scan after hooking it up to the living room's television aerial lead and TV first...:-)

  DieSse 01:06 11 Sep 08

All indoor TV aerials work to some degree or another.

But all aerials of all types depend on the strength of the signal where they are located. And signal strength can vary in strange ways. It can sometimes be better low down than high up - it can vary within a room from one place to another - it can vary depending on how the aerial is oriented.

The only way to know is to get a technician with a proper field strength meter, or suck-it-and-see (experiment).

At the end of the day the only sure fire thing is a good external aerial, with a powered splitter to feed your two locations.

  martytoon 07:33 11 Sep 08

Would fully support what DieSse has said. I faffed on with indoor aerials including amplified ones with limited success.In the end bit the bullet and paid a man to install new roof aerial, powered splitter and coax to 4 rooms in the house. Result - great picture on all TVs and no dancing around the room with a portable aerial in my hand!

  dsmith123 12:28 18 Sep 08

The best advice really with indoor aerials is just to avoid anything from a supermarket. I bought one of Tesco's most expensive aerials - for around £40, and it picked up a half decent signal. But I later bought one for my daughters room for around £20 that worked far, far better. So price isn't the main thing, you're just best off buying from a specialist.

Here's the one I bought; [url]click here[/url]

  johnny7892 18:38 13 Dec 08

I just got an aerial and im really pleased with it, thought id share. Iv tried a few and they've never worked but i even got a few digital channels with this one and the main channels were perfect. Its called a 27769R SLX Gold Set Top TV Aerial, link below to where i got it.

click here

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