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#113045 3-Jan-2013 17:30
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I'm moving into a new flat in Hataitai (Wellington) and found out today there's no UHF antenna - only satellite. 

I'd rather not throw out my HD freeview receiver and go for a SD satellite receiver for a few reasons.  (Mostly, after shelling out money for bond, rent in advance, letting fees, and movers, money is getting thin and I'd rather not spend another $80 on a downgrade.)

Came across this on the Flybuys site:  (also at )

Does anyone close to the CBD have any luck with amplfiers like this for HD freeview?  Happy to spend flybuy points since I never use them for anything else.

Many thanks in advance!

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  #739925 3-Jan-2013 21:38
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FM radio reception in Hataitai is patchy at best, which means it's highly unlikely that an indoor UHF antenna would work in this area. 

Many years ago I lived on Belvedere Road which was sheltered from both Mt Kaukau and Fitzherbert so FM/VHF/UHF were hopeless, but there may be a few select locations around Hataitai that would get line-of-sight to Fitzherbert if you're lucky. I'm thinking of the areas around Rakau Road or Kainui Road in which some properties would probably have a clear view across to the Hutt.

Have you checked your address on the Freeview site yet? Many Hataitai addresses (including my old one) are listed as unable to receive a terrestrial signal even with a properly installed outdoor aerial. That may be why there isn't already one installed at the property that you're renting.

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  #739940 3-Jan-2013 22:22
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It depends on where you are reception. I did a survey for a friend who was just below the summit of Mt Vic which ment that Kaukau was out but she had very good reception from Fitzherbert in the Hutt. Her aerial was mounted in the roof space but was an "external" aerial despite being indoors.

The Freeview coverage maps (provided by Kordia for the Wellington sites) are for external aerial but it is worth a try none the less. If you can borrow some "bunny ears" from someone, it might a good starting point to test. 

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