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# 42813 11-Oct-2009 21:30
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I wanted freeview in the bedroom, so i ran coaial from the lounge to the bedroom with architrave outlets.

Plugged the "antennae loop" aerial out on the existing box in the lounge into the outlet to feed the bedroom, issue is freeview (HD on both boxes so a UHF signal) in the bedroom only gets tv3 and tv4 with no other channels.

Is there some way to amplify or increase the signal from the lounge without inatalling another antannae on the roof (a stronger one)?

Freeview in the lounge is perfect, signal strength is about 60% and both boxes have been used in the lounge with perfect picture. Any Suggesstions?
Thanks in advance

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  # 263345 11-Oct-2009 21:46
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Cable run is dual shielded RG6 and you used crimped F types? What is the distance of cable run??

Try splitting signal before first set top box and avoid using the loop out.



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  # 263346 11-Oct-2009 21:56
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The distance of the cable run is around 12-14 metres all up.
The cable used was rgb59U? I think as there was no RG6 instore at the time. Was also told by the salesperson that it would do the same job.

At each end is one of these:

Interestingly I trialled first using the Loop out with just the cable and crimped male ends to fit into each receiver before going under the house and the signal was fine.

Makes me wonder if the resultant signal loss be due to the socket outlets?


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  # 263350 11-Oct-2009 22:05
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RG6 and crimped F types will give better performance than RG59 and any ?soldered? wall plate connections along the way.



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  # 263363 11-Oct-2009 22:24
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Thanks for that, looks like im back to jaycar tomorrow :-)

The wall plate connections are just the crew in type, place the copper on the plate terminal and then screw it down.

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  # 263547 12-Oct-2009 19:50
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due to my lack of interest in going under the house again to recable, i grabbed a signal amplifier from jaycar, put it between the antennae and the lounge STB, and now reception in th ebedroom is great. YAY.

Thanks for the advice though, if the amp didnt work i was gonna do the recable thing.

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  # 263683 13-Oct-2009 15:53
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Those saddle clamp sockets and stuff have no place in a system distributing UHF - they barely work at VHF as it is.


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