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Wannabe Geek

# 177336 30-Jul-2015 12:40
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Hi Guys/Gals,

Im in Papatoetoe Auckland and getting a pretty bad freeview signal from my current aerial on TVNZ and Media works channels most nights (but fine on Prime, dont figure) i've got a older aerial so thinking of replacing it but not sure what style to go to make sure i get a good reception. Ideally im trying to buy a aerial without having to get someone out to install it but i dont know wether to go for a Yogi style or or if i go Yogi like this or maybe a smaller element? Any suggestions greatly appreciated, both have similar gains on them


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  # 1355224 30-Jul-2015 12:46
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Simply shifting your current antenna may solve the problem so easier to have an installer solve the problem in my opinion given they have the equipment to analyse the signal. Simply replacing will guarantee nothing, i.e, your reception may not improve. Coax may need replacing also.



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  # 1355332 30-Jul-2015 14:36
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I would think the phased array would be sufficient in Papatoetoe.


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  # 1355389 30-Jul-2015 15:42
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Definitely +1 for getting an installer to do it.

We installed an aerial last year and the location where you think might have been been the best was found not to be the case - line of sight to the transmitter was being blocked by the side of a hill so we ended up having to put the antenna on the other side of the roof from the lounge - This required an amplifier to be installed to ensure a strong signal along the length of the longer cable.

All installed now and working well. It seemed like it would be a pain trying to get it working by guessing where the best signal would be without the right equipment - But if you can get it going without an installer, well done :)

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  # 1359432 5-Aug-2015 14:29
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Yes, I also recommend getting an installer. I had a similar issue and it turned out my aerial was fine, but the cable going from it to the TV (passing through a splitter box so it could share the old VHF aerial) was the problem. He removed the old VHF and the splitter, joined the healthy bits of cable up inside a protective casing, and crystal clear signal was achieved. 

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Wannabe Geek

# 1361835 10-Aug-2015 08:27
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Installed a new Phased array aerial on the weekend, works a treat, that old one must have been very old as the cable was attached to it via a screw and not F connector so a quick trip down to Jaycar and i had a new F type connect to put on the cable, connected up and full strength on all stations now :)

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