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Topic # 182499 18-Oct-2015 17:49
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Hi,

I made a thread awhile ago, but I've finally picked up an indoor antenna (DDS Amplified Flat Panel DVB-T Indoor Freeview Antenna from JB - https://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/plasma-lcd-tvs/tv-accessories/dds-amplified-indoor-uhf-hd-antenna/69291 )

I have a LG TV with freeview built in (I think it does its an LG 55LM6410 says something about DVB).

I currently have Sky (HDMI), so I switched to Antenna mode and tried to tune the tv for the channels, but found nothing via the auto tune etc.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I need to buy some sort of freeview usb/box?

All help is much appreciated, thanks :)


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  Reply # 1408730 18-Oct-2015 18:10
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Hi there,

I just checked your TV specs and it does have a UHF tuner so in principle it should work. You do not need another STB but indoor antennas are always a bit doubtful. They only work if you are in a location with a strong signal. There are also other things that could be preventing it from working but without knowing more, my first guess would be the antenna. Digital tends to be all or nothing so if the signal is weak the TV may say nothing is there.






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  Reply # 1408731 18-Oct-2015 18:17
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Hi Rik, thanks for replying.

Oh great at least my TV has it, that's one less thing to worry about!

I live in Newtown (Guy at the store said he lived close as well and his flat uses the same one and works fine - seemed genuine).

Well it did do the full auto tune scan (last time it wasn't doing this, as had no antenna) It took about a few mins but found no channels.

Here is some info:

https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/7ed98b51cf2588f47e00c3e69eeecb14.jpg

Not too sure how I should proceed now... 







 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1408735 18-Oct-2015 18:25
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Get a proper outdoor aerial.




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  Reply # 1408758 18-Oct-2015 18:58
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Can you see Mt Kaukau? Try the aerial in a north/northwest facing window as high as you can get it.

Indoor aerials are dicey at best and if you can't see it, you're probably not getting a signal. But to rule out it's not something else, try taking the aerial outside (if your aerial cable won't reach, the TV might have to take a wee trip too).

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  Reply # 1408777 18-Oct-2015 19:27
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If you can't see the Tx mast on Kaukau from your TV set location or the nearest window you are wasting your time with an indoor antenna.



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  Reply # 1408780 18-Oct-2015 19:32
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scuwp: Get a proper outdoor aerial.


Any reccomendations for one + person to install?

mdf: Can you see Mt Kaukau? Try the aerial in a north/northwest facing window as high as you can get it.

Indoor aerials are dicey at best and if you can't see it, you're probably not getting a signal. But to rule out it's not something else, try taking the aerial outside (if your aerial cable won't reach, the TV might have to take a wee trip too).


No don't think so, and tried taking the aerial a little bit outside and still nothing.


B1GGLZ: If you can't see the Tx mast on Kaukau from your TV set location or the nearest window you are wasting your time with an indoor antenna.


Ohk, any suggestions with outdoor one?

Also here is what my TV is doing, I don't know whether that image to the left means it is not recognising an antenna or what...


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  Reply # 1408786 18-Oct-2015 19:49
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What would the installation be like? It's pretty easy to do yourself, though some installs are more complicated than others. Go outside and have a look at your neighbours. If they've got small aerials mounted on a hockey stick under the eaves, it will take you all of 10 minutes and cost you $100 tops. On rooftops with high poles for extra elevation is a little more hairy and you might like to get a pro involved if you don't have a head for heights.

There's plenty of freeview aerials on trademe, at Bunnings and Dick Smith. You could probably even take back the indoor one to JbHifi and ask them to exchange it for an outdoor one.

You only need one as good as your neighbours have (i.e. don't buy a super elaborate one unless all your neighbours have the same). Unless you're in a ditch somewhere, Newtown should have pretty good reception (we're in Berhampore with a basic one that isn't even straight and it works fine, though we've got extra elevation).



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  Reply # 1408866 18-Oct-2015 21:22
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I think I'd need a pro to come over and do it lol.

Would be a real hassle getting on top of the roof and installing it and then running a cable under the house and up through the living room.

I'll need to look into some companies who do it. You happen to know any decent ones?

Thanks

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  Reply # 1408938 19-Oct-2015 00:01
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Those antennas are pretty useless, I think I saw some indoor ones in Kmart or the Warehouse that were a much larger flat panel type

You also try a manual scan if you workout what your nearest transmitter site uses


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  Reply # 1408990 19-Oct-2015 09:14
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flixide: I think I'd need a pro to come over and do it lol.

Would be a real hassle getting on top of the roof and installing it and then running a cable under the house and up through the living room.

I'll need to look into some companies who do it. You happen to know any decent ones?

Thanks


Give Bobby at Dynamic Electrical a call. Really good sparky, and even supports the right football team (Liverpool).

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  Reply # 1409012 19-Oct-2015 09:20
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Has that indoor antenna got a power connection? If so, you have got it connected to power? It says amplified, which I assume means powered - without power it won't work.



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  Reply # 1409508 19-Oct-2015 22:49
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mdf:
flixide: I think I'd need a pro to come over and do it lol.

Would be a real hassle getting on top of the roof and installing it and then running a cable under the house and up through the living room.

I'll need to look into some companies who do it. You happen to know any decent ones?

Thanks


Give Bobby at Dynamic Electrical a call. Really good sparky, and even supports the right football team (Liverpool).

Great thanks mate! I'll give him a call/email tommorow sometime, hopefully it is not too expensive!

Apsattv: Those antennas are pretty useless, I think I saw some indoor ones in Kmart or the Warehouse that were a much larger flat panel type

You also try a manual scan if you workout what your nearest transmitter site uses


No idea how 2 manually scan, but if the auto tune didn't work, you think there is much chance for manual scan?

trig42: Has that indoor antenna got a power connection? If so, you have got it connected to power? It says amplified, which I assume means powered - without power it won't work.

Haha yea definitely plugged it in! and turned it on near the max (LED went on).



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  Reply # 1409510 19-Oct-2015 22:59
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I've found that if autotune doesn't work, it's because of the aerial. And it's not possible for manual tuning unless you have all the numbers

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  Reply # 1409590 20-Oct-2015 08:47
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flixide:
No idea how 2 manually scan, but if the auto tune didn't work, you think there is much chance for manual scan?




Page 6 of the Manual installed in the TV

HOME ➾ Settings ➙ SETUP ➙ Manual Tuning

Manual scan is more likely to find signals that auto misses.

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  Reply # 1409610 20-Oct-2015 09:14
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If you need it, Mt Kaukau is:

DTV32, DTV34 and DTV36

or 

562, 578 & 594 MHz

Depending on what your TV uses to tune.

But I still suspect it's the aerial if you don't have line of sight.

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