Multidirectional ariel (1 Viewer)

May 17, 2016
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8
Wirral
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43,135
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Autotrail
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Since 2010
We have an Autotrail with roof mounted multi directional aerial but not picking up any channels. We’re in Scotland and was working fine in NW England. Should we be doing anything different than just pressing AQT on avtex tv?
 
Oct 26, 2021
64
55
Petersfield, UK
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85,087
MH
Hymer B574 A class
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A returner after a 10 year gap
I assume you have an active (powered) antenna. Have you checked it’s plugged in switched on getting power etc?
 

pappajohn

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Aug 26, 2007
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Since 2005
If you have one of these (with a spike on top) you have very little chance of finding a signal.

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Oct 26, 2014
1,894
3,232
Dumfries and Galloway
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33,996
MH
Pilote P696GJ
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2014
multidirectional antennae's are only good in strong signal areas , you should consider changing it for directional vision plus with built in signal finder .
They will work better in weak signal areas
 

Al n Val

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Oct 28, 2019
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multidirectional antennae's are only good in strong signal areas , you should consider changing it for directional vision plus with built in signal finder .
They will work better in weak signal areas
I agree 100%

we had a multidirectional ariel on the Autotrail which was crap, we now have a directional one on the Rapido, same make and it’s never failed us yet 👍
 

Bobbydaisy

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Oct 13, 2021
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Elddis CV20
In lots of rural areas the TV is transmitted via a repeater which will be vertically polarised , so with a directional antenna it will need to be rotated 90 degrees to be vertical to receive the signal. On main transmitters ,like you probably have at home they are horizontally polarised hence your antenna at home is horizontal . And of course regardless ,pointing towards the actual transmitter 😲. With an omni you can do neither.
 
Dec 6, 2022
337
3,319
Worcestershire, UK
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92,774
MH
autotrail imala 736g
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Newbie
Our Autotrail 2021 also has the same problem, no signal ! There is continuity at the coax and I've taken the saucer off the roof and the plug on the aerial has continuity . The coax going into the motorhome is now fine. How do I open the aerial?? Or is it a sealed unit??
Any ideas??

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Sep 17, 2020
948
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Totton
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Everything that's been said plus, if you move, you probably need to retune the TV each time. All network transmitters use different frequency sets to minimise interference.
 

scotjimland

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Jul 25, 2007
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15
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A Woosh bang
I have an omni-directional and had no problem with it.. even in weak signal areas.. such as where we live where everyone has a high mast and a multi element directional aerial .. the TV transmitter mast is about 12 miles away ..

Unless we are out in the wilds, where there are no houses close by, I find it generally works fine.

As said, you have to retune when you move area...
 
Oct 28, 2022
436
884
Funster No
92,132
MH
Rapido
Scotland, been bumpier than England is much more difficult to transmit a TV signal too, hence why the majority of TV broadcast towers are there.

agree directional will give you a much better chance. Just needs a big hole in the roof!
 

scotjimland

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Jul 25, 2007
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A Woosh bang
Better than a terrestrial TV aerial is a portable sat dish ..

I have a Multimo dish that I use abroad.. easy peasy to use and rarely if ever can't get a good signal . ..

bought it a while back . and did a review

 
Dec 6, 2022
337
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Worcestershire, UK
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MH
autotrail imala 736g
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Newbie
There's something wrong with it, there is continuity between the braid side and core centre on the aerial itself.

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Dec 6, 2022
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autotrail imala 736g
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It's just a generic aerial. I thought if the braid touched the core it wouldn't work. Having continuity between the two is the same surely??
 
Nov 2, 2021
64
149
King's Lynn, UK
Funster No
85,231
MH
Maxview P&D Manager
Exp
Since 2021
It's a folded dipole array antenna, so it is normal to have continuity between the braid and core. If you've got a short somewhere in the cable, or at the connector end, that will cause issues, but ultimately you should always see continuity.

If you connect the aerial straight to the TV, it likely won't work as you won't have enough gain without the signal booster. You could try connecting it directly into the signal booster though, hence bypassing the foot and related cabling.
 
Dec 6, 2022
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Worcestershire, UK
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autotrail imala 736g
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I've got a spare coax from the MH to the house aerial and picks up 203 channels I tested the continuity and it was open. Checked the continuity on an old crappie aerial and that was open too. Checked the coax from the booster to the tv and that is all good. So it's either the booster or rhe aerial.

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