Does anyone know if freeview HD (uhf) coverage is being improved in Wellington? I'm looking at getting setup but the size of the neighbours (3) HD uhf aerials are massive, I think they're all the 91 element type. The only option for transmitter is Fitzherbert prob 15+ km away line of sight! Will a smaller more compact aerial work, as the massive (91) aerial it won't last long with the wind up where I live and they look ugly as!!
I'm in Whakatane and there are two main UHF transmitters reachable from here. Mt Edgecumbe only has analogue, but it's about 30 km away and is usable with a small UHF aerial (I'm not sure how many elements, probably 23 or 43). Te Aroha has Freeview, it's about 130 km away and needs the 91-element.
I don't see any issues with a small aerial reaching 15 km, although of course it'll depend on topology etc.
hi, thanks for that prob worth trying smaller aerial first if I could without buying one!
I'm thinking there must be a reason the two immediate neighbours are using such large uhf aerials?
Could it be to do with the actual transmitter orientation on the mast? Just a note Fitzherbert is a vertical array and I can't find any power info on this transmitter.
Went to Kordia freeview site and roughly calculated distance from house to transmitter is 20km scaled from drawing......and house is 130 degrees NW of mast all roughly calculated. I can see the mast through a scope so it will be line of sight.
Hi, can you actually see Fitz, if so then its reasonable that you will only require a standard 10element (thats real elements dont count the sub fingers), but a signal test will quickly identify whats needed.