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# 79254 15-Mar-2011 08:05
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So My TV has built in freeview HD tuner. But my house has only sky sattelite coax feeds from the roof. As this is a rental property I don't wanna go runnning seperate feeds from the aerial on the roof. Am I able to use a portable Rabbit ear style UHF antenna like this http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4d7e66fe04b1d60c273fc0a87f3b071a/Product/View/L4042 to receive Freeview HD?...
I remember a friend of mine in the U.K used a similar setup and it worked on there freeview.

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  # 448430 15-Mar-2011 08:14
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The rabbit ears will definitely work but YMMV especially depending on your location and the strength of the signal you receive.

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  # 448431 15-Mar-2011 08:14
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Hi, it may, or may not work, much depends on how far you are from the transmitter and the size of the transmitter (ie the received signal strength), if its high enough then rabbit ears will probably be fine. I would recommend the following before the one you linked.

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4d7e66fe04b1d60c273fc0a87f3b071a/Product/View/L4017

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  # 448437 15-Mar-2011 08:24
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Cool thanks guys. I can always buy the antenna then take it back if the signal isn't good enough..

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  # 448439 15-Mar-2011 08:26
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Hi, where roughly are you

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  # 449089 17-Mar-2011 06:32
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Im in the North Shore of Auckland. Also at the top of a hill which should be good for reception...Will hopefully be picking up the aerial this weekend..

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  # 449757 18-Mar-2011 21:18
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I have good success with the Draco antenna which I sell on Trade Me . Mods: If I am breaking the rules here please let me know or remove the post.

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  # 539049 29-Oct-2011 17:51
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The links above to the rabbit ears at DSE are not working - can anyone please provide an updated recommendation for viewing Freeview HD via UHF rabbit ears?

 
 
 
 


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  # 539087 29-Oct-2011 20:47
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SerjTank: The links above to the rabbit ears at DSE are not working - can anyone please provide an updated recommendation for viewing Freeview HD via UHF rabbit ears?

Don't.
You've got a TV thats worth many hundreds of dollars and if you want to get the best out of it then provide it with a good signal. Rabbits ears won't give you a good reliable signal......

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  # 539122 29-Oct-2011 22:51
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oxnsox:
SerjTank: The links above to the rabbit ears at DSE are not working - can anyone please provide an updated recommendation for viewing Freeview HD via UHF rabbit ears?

Don't.
You've got a TV thats worth many hundreds of dollars and if you want to get the best out of it then provide it with a good signal. Rabbits ears won't give you a good reliable signal......


Work fine for me when I have needed it.

Why spend money on installing stuff on someone else's house which they may bill you for the removal of at the end of your tenancy?

Digital is a way more robust signal than analog, great for indoor antennas since its UHF so antennas can be a sane size too.




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  # 539128 29-Oct-2011 22:58
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I second the draco antennas, have one at our place set up outside on the wall above our deck. Terrible placement, but works very well. the rabbit ears with the uhf loop and booster work well if you have good line of sight, works fine for my in-laws. It doesnt matter if it comes off the roof or through rabbit ears, quality signal is quality signal.




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  # 539295 30-Oct-2011 15:00
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Try this (Same as Cyrils link)

DSE L4017 Antenna

You should try this first before trying something that requires an amplifier like the Draco unit mentioned above.

Amplifiers should only be used when needed, if there is enough strength in the signal, you will get a better quality without one.

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  # 539613 31-Oct-2011 15:52
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oxnsox: You've got a TV thats worth many hundreds of dollars and if you want to get the best out of it then provide it with a good signal.

Isn't that the same argument that retailers use to sell $100 HDMI cables?

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  # 539620 31-Oct-2011 16:07
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oxnsox:You've got a TV thats worth many hundreds of dollars and if you want to get the best out of it then provide it with a good signal. Rabbits ears won't give you a good reliable signal......


You mean well but technically there's no reason why rabbit ears won't be reliable if you happen to live in a well radiated broadcast area.  Once you have 100% signal quality, there's not much more you can do to improve things.

Agree with the all the advice you are getting here.  If it's a rental you don't want to do too much structural work, but the suitability of other internal devices will be subject to where you are and signal strength in your area etc.

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  # 539625 31-Oct-2011 16:20
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Jaxson:
oxnsox:You've got a TV thats worth many hundreds of dollars and if you want to get the best out of it then provide it with a good signal. Rabbits ears won't give you a good reliable signal......


You mean well but technically there's no reason why rabbit ears won't be reliable if you happen to live in a well radiated broadcast area.  Once you have 100% signal quality, there's not much more you can do to improve things.


When my parents got their Freeview TV they didn't have a roof aerial yet.  I used an old "ribbon" aerial with a balun and that worked fine.  It's the same setup people used for black and white TVs many years ago.


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