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Recently i had to spend some time away from home out in the wild, so to speak... pretty much in my vehicle for 12 hours a night on call.
i currently have an old but capable analouge lcd portable tv, the transmissions for that are likely to start dissapearing soon, so i am now interested in enabling freeview while on the move like ive just had to do for 2 weeks..
what kind of ariel should i consider to connect freeview reception? it needs to be portable, easy to set up, capable of dealing with fringe signal location..
analogue tv just degrades when reception is poor, but digital freezes and breaks up badly.. i shall miss analouge tv just because of that.. one can still watch tv in some poor reception areas that digital cant touch..
so... whatever i can get to enable freeview to come even close to that would be good to have.. and it needs to work from on top of a vehicle.. easy to set up..
That's a link for a satellite system...
If you are in different areas of the country, then you would probably have to consider the aerial characteristics required for each transmitter.
Moreover, you would have to retune the TV involved each time.
Perhaps a portable Freeview LCD such as these models:
We have an analogue 7in LCD model bought for us as a present a year or so ago, but reception is not especially good even with our strong signal area using the telescopic aerial.
The prices on the above link are very high - expect to pay around £60 to £70 for a 7 to 9in model from various suppliers.
It is the ariel i am interestd in.. my analogue tv allows an external connection as well as its pull telescopic, just connecting a long wire to that often makes a fringe signal near perfect.. so,
the tips or tricks anyone has found to improve digital reception in fringe areas, is kinda what i am looking for.. the tv is a secondary concern, unless it has some real and calculated benefit in the reception ability..
a pretty far out idea i have considered is using my aluminium ladder that is always on my van.... ( given some insulation from the van body ) :) ok its not the right shape.. but it gives you some idea of any inventive solutions im considering..
Have a browse in WH Smiths through the caravanning books. That will give you a few ideas on what aerial to get and what snags you may encounter. Everything depends on a good aerial signal, so be prepared to experiment with amplifiers and large aerials !!!!
alB the satelite dish looks interesting.. i shall look into that idea.. thank you..
thank you amonra...good thinking.. you appreciate its the arial thats the key and how anything there can be improved, im for that..
ive been drawn to the omnisat 66cm dish.. it looks capable. the kit would fit easily in my van.. how exactly it requires configuring for freeview ive no idea.. power isnt a problem ive up 750 watts of mains available by invertor, i can easily run a digital freeview box, they are only 20 pounds right now in tesco.. but in any case, thanks to the answers here i know the general direction to take.. caravans i hate, as much as sitting behind articulated trucks a thousand miles a week..but sharing some of the known technology has made me a bit more sympathetic...
>>the tips or tricks anyone has found to improve digital reception in fringe areas>>
If you have a mains supply available, then a good aerial amplifier will probably help to bridge some, if not all, of the transmitter's signal shortfall.
Just for interest, the latest Lidl flyer listing items available from Thursday, April 24th, includes a SilverCrest Portable Satellite Receiver kit at £64.99.
Includes digital satellite receiver, satellite dish, LNB, infra remote control, in-car power supply cable, mains cable, 10m antenna cable, SCART cable and various accessories.
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