Advice please for Television reception

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  1. gazza280

    gazza280 Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone.

    I need some advice please.

    My van has an old Status 315 antenna and it is rubbish. So I bought a digital antenna Moonraker DVT 1000 although it was recommended it still won't pick up a decent signal in most places, so I have decided to get a digital antenna and raise it high on a mast at the back of the van.
    I thought I could take the antenna and mast off and store them in the back of the van till needed.
    I've seen a number of vans with high masts and antennas at the top, there is even one locally with a flagpole and union jack waving high in the air.

    Looking for clamps one of the sellers has suggested not drilling holes in the van but attach the clamps with Sikaflex as this would be strong enough to hold the mast and antenna, but I am very skeptical that it will, and I have images of the mast coming down with antenna and big chunks of the bodywork of the van with it. I know sikaflex is strong but is it really that strong.

    Has anyone had any experience of attaching accessories to the outside of their van without drilling and just using sikaflex and can anyone suggest a good antenna to get.

    Thanks in advance
    Gary
     
  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    As your n Eastbourne why not call in during the week with your van and have a chat to Ian or Glenn in my workshop.

    They will be able to advise you and supply something suitable. We are one the A21 not far from Battle

    Peter
     
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    Any fixings are only as strong as the substrate they are attached to, sticking a bracket to the cladding of your van will result in the cladding being torn away, not recommended.
     
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    If you are really sure that your co ax connectors are spot on and your aerial is still no good. I would suggest a satellite system before going down the route of masts, especially attaching them to your vehicle !!
     
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    your directional aerial should pick up local tv signals with no problem but two questions.....

    1) are you accurately pointing the aerial at the local mast ?
    one or two degrees out of alignment and you wont get a signal depending how far away the mast is.

    2) are you turning the aerial to the correct polarity ?
    some transmitters are vertical polarity and some horizontal.
     
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    just googled your aerial......

    you went from one load of rubbish to another.

    it appears to be omni directional and will never get a decent picture unless you have line of sight to the local transmitter.

    cut your losses and buy something like a 'through the roof' Status 550/560 aerial.


    http://www.visionplus.co.uk/shop/status-antennas/
     
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    We have the Satus flying saucer aerial (315?) as well as a sat dish.
    Reception using the status depends largely on where you are.
    I get full reception anywhere on the Lincolnshire coast, at Misterton and several other places.
    In my garden in Lincs (bottom of a hill, surrounded by tress) reception with Status isn't good, need the dish.
    Some places it's rubbish, depends on the location, line of sight, etc., as with many other aerials.
    I wouldn't describe the thing as useless, only fit for Frisbees and so on, it depends where you are.
    Some places we need the dish, others we use the Status.
    It's similar to a computer...when it's working it's great, when it's not it's a pain in the arse.
     
  8. G8WVW

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    Flying sourcer type aerial have major disadvantage that they receive signals from all directions; yes DISADVANTAGE!

    Not only do they pick-up the intended signal but signals from all directions including reflections (the old 'ghosting' effect that corrupts the new digital signal), interference and noise.

    The directional aerial is a bit of a pain to set-up however the final result will always be a stronger more reliable signal. Clue is to look at the direction others around have used and just do the same.

    Stratus 550/560 are quick and easy, use one myself however they're pricy and require yet another hole in the roof. If you're sold on the mast idea then just go for a normal domestic TV aerial.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/370825305006

    Avoid amplifiers/boosters if you can.

    Cheers Ian.
     
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    I bought a status digital directional Ariel off eBay (the one with the metal fins around the edges) second hand for £5,teamed that up with a telescopic roller handle from B&Q around a tenner and never fail to get a signal.
    The kit stays in the side locker and when on site I fix it to the bike rack with cable ties,works a treat!




    Vlad
     
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    Clue is to look at the direction others around have used and just do the same.

    in general, yes.

    but not always.
    i've been some places where m/h aerials have pointed all directions.
    maybe the viewers gave up, maybe they dont know it has to point one way or maybe they found a second/third/fourth signal from a far distant galaxy...who knows.

    by far the most reliable indicator are house aerials...professionally fitted, they will all point to the correct transmitter and be in the correct polarity plane..
     
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  12. Terry

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    Omni directional ariels are almost useless while the directional ones are great :thumb: but you have to point them in the right direction :Wink: I nearly always look at surounding houses to see where they point and if they are flat or upright :thumb: As already said a normal 10 quid house ariel on a pole will work fine if you don't want to pay the £85 to £130 ish jobby--- and yes Sikaflex will hold clips on the van side :thumb::BigGrin:
    terry
    edit no such thing as a digital ariel --they all work the same
     
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  13. dave newell lvs

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    Purely for clarification but there is absolutely NO SUCH ANIMAL as a DIGITAL AERIAL! Its an aerial and it picks up radio signals simple as that. The fact that the signal carries data in a digital format is irrelevant, the same aerial will work for digital or analogue on the same frequencies. "Digital" aerials are simply a marketing term.

    D.
     
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  14. mentaliss

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    NOT SURE ABOUT YOUR AERIAL but many MH's we have seen touring aboard just clamp their Sat dish or TV aerial directly to their Bike racks using standard house mast aerial clamps...that is of course if you have a fitted bike rack :Smile:
     
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