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  1. Antony bleasdale

    Antony bleasdale Funster

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    we have had five brill trips into Yorkshire now with our autotrail, a few teething problems as expected but pretty much all sorted now apart from one we would like to watch the news in the morning and possibly watch something at night. All but once I have been unable to pick up a signal from our status aerial with booster fitted, in the ingle ton and dales area
    I have ordered a strength meter to illiminate a bit of the guess work, mainly wild camping so no other aerials to get an idea. Is a satellite system better for receiving in rural areas and if so we would probably get a system which would be suitable for Europe as we are going next year
    Any advice appreciated
     
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    Hi
    Depending where you are it sometimes necessary to retune the TV to the local signal, I have had that a few times. Pete
     
  3. Antony bleasdale

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    Hi Pete , tried that. We couldn't find any signal at all this weekend in the mall ham area but perfect when back home in morecambe
     
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    Get an aerial alignment app for your phone, shows which way to point your aerial.
    I have one of those "flying saucer" omni directional things on my roof - useless!
    Got an Avtex STH3000, usually pulls in a signal even stuck in a cupboard!
    However, in Yorkshire last week even that struggled - I guess it must be them thar hills...
     
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    Would satellite be better? I love it in Yorkshire and will be spending a lot of time there . Don't mind purchasing something that works,oyster seems to be a popular choice
     
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    What kind of Status aerial do you have fitted. The older flying saucer type are advertised as working with digital TV but in reality they simply DONT work. If you have the newer directional aerial all you need is to turn the aerial around to find the signal. Remember too that it matters which way the aerial is, so vertical or horizontal is really important. If your wild camping just take a note of the aerials on houses to see direction & orientation. One further point, I've had to replace two Status aerials in the last 3yrs due to water getting into the aerial head. The quality is not as good as it used to be. I cant remember the type I have now but I think its a Teleco directional aerial & it picks up signals when no-one else has a TV picture.

    Hope this helps...Robert.
     
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    Having come to the view many years ago that 'the news' had hardly ever had any impact on my life........ if by chance I can't get a TV signal........... I just don't care...........


    ..... and when I finally get a signal..... I was right..........it still didn't affect me

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    A satellite system will probably pick up a signal where an aerial won't a lot of the time but not always. Better? Yes. 100% guaranteed signal? No. They are also expensive.

    I guess it comes down to how important the TV is to you.
     
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    Sat would be perfect.....as long as you arent in a very deep valley or under trees etc.

    Unlike a terrestrial tv signal, Once the tv is tuned to the sat you dont need to retune when you move....just point at the same sat again
     
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    There was no phone signal either, no house aerials to view either from where we camped. Hopefully. Strength meter will help, only a tenner. Phone app wouldn't work coz of no signal area
     
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    We have a sat dome ....just press a button and 99 .9 times out of 100 we have tv:) even abroad
     
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    Not quite sure how - didn't cross my mind - but my aerial alignment app worked despite no phone signal!
     
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    If you have a smart phone i.e. iPhone or similar it will have GPS. Simples!
     
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    So there you go @Antony bleasdale :)
    At "free" an app is cheaper than a signal strength meter!
    You might as well try one before spending any cash (y).
     
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    Hi robert
    in defence of the status 'fly saucer' I almost always get a digital signal with a retune
    only occasionally do I have to revert to the sat dish
     
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    We got the milenco flying saucer earlier this year since then I have never put the satellite dish up it works so well and no messing about moving aerials about quite a bit larger than the status flying saucer though.
     
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    We used to spend a lot of time in the Dales, and never got a TV signal, ended up using a cheap sat system
     
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