Setting up a Loft Aerial in Preston

There are plenty of areas in the northwest of England where it is possible to receive a strong television signal from within the loft space. In fact as the number of new build properties is on the rise and the building of these new estates increases, the requirement of aerials installed in the loft rises. The benefits of having the TV Aerial fitted in the loft space is that it is protected from the weather and elements which for many of the cheaper antennas is a death knell. The number of aerials that get replaced after just a year because they have succumbed to the Great British weather is endless. I have been fitting better quality aerials for the outside installation, due to this, but using a cheaper aerial in the loft is ok since it is protected for such a battering.

loft aerialsTo get the best out of an aerial fitted in the loft, it is best to line it up with a meter of some kind. Particularly if the signal is going to be split a number of times. Sometimes it may be necessary to use an amplified splitter of some description if the number of points becomes to many to split with a passive splitter. There are a couple of things to consider if going down this route. 1. is there a power supply in the loft for the amp to be plugged into? does the signal need to be boosted up another 10-20db? If there is power then a setback amp with do, and these can be bought with an adjustable gain so the signal can be increased if it is a little weak coming from the aerial.

If the loft has no power socket for a set back amp to plug into, it would be advisable to use what’s called a mast head amp. This is a remotely powered splitter, where the splitter part is in the loft and the power pack is plugged into a socket next to a coax cable and the power is sent up the coax to power the splitter, these also come with an adjustable gain if required.  For more info on aerial installation in the Preston area try digitec-aerials, we sometimes do some subcontract work for these guys and they come highly recommended.

If it is that you want a satellite installation for either Freesat or Sky or any other foreign system, then the dish has to be fitted on the outside of the building pointing in a South position. The signal coming from space is too weak to be picked up in a loft. If as with some properties the owner wishes that the dish is situated out of sight, it can be in some cases located in a more discreet place, but this can only be verified on a site inspection and not over the phone.

Freesat

Benefit of having Freesat Satellite TV

Freesat is a free to air satellite platform which gives the viewer a very similar range of channels as you would receive if using Freeview, which is the terrestrial version. Whereas Freeview is picked up with a digital aerial usually situated on a mast fixed to a chimney. Freesat is received via a satellite dish, the same as you would have if you wanted to watch Sky. In fact, you can use a sky dish, it makes no difference and it is pointed and lined up to the same location in the sky. If you have a sky system but are looking to unsubscribe due to costs, then you can always set up your sky receiver to just show the Freesat channels. There is a small one off charge paid to Sky, £20 last time a checked. There is no need to book in a satellite installation for a Freesat dish as everything you need is already in place and working.

Freesat Channel List

freesat channel listOne of the benefits of using the Freesat satellite system is that you can buy a digital receiver that records, pauses live TV and even streams off the internet. At over £200 it maybe a little too much to fork out straight away, but I would heartily recommend getting one. If you have ever used the live pause facility on a sky box , you will understand it is a great bit of kit and hard to leave behind. If you are thinking of leaving sky and using your Sky HD+ box, be warned, once you stop paying the subscription to Sky, the record and live pause facility on the receiver will cease to work. Plus, you will no longer be able to access your recordings saved on that box. it is adviseable to buy a new receiver, a Humax for instance and start again since there is little point using the original sky box if it no longer has use of those abilities.

All in all the Freesat platform is a good set up, with many channels, plus for as little as £7.99 a month you can sign up to Netflix, or amazon prime and benefit from loads of movies and box sets. In the long run it works out loads cheaper than subscribing to Sky at an average cost of £55 per month, it makes sense to go with Freesat

Why a Stand Off Bracket is better than a Lashing Kit

I recently went to a house in Preston to carry out a TV aerial installation, since their chimney had come down in a storm, the aerial that was attached to it had been broken. Fortunately, the scaffolding was still up from when the builders had been rebuilding the chimney stack, and so it was an easy route to the roof. All I needed was my roof ladder so I could clamber up the slated roof without damaging the slates. Upon, reaching the chimney I used my impact drill to drill 4 new screw holes and inserted the plugs. With that, I was able to screw in the 4 bolts attaching the stand aerial installationoff bracket to the chimney. This bracket is what will hold fixed the aerial mast.

The reason I fitted that type of bracket was because the reason why the chimney came down in the first place. It had been brought down due to the type of bracket the original TV aerial mast was attached to. It is what’s called a lashing kit, this is a wire that wraps around the chimney, that then is tied to a bracket, holding tight the whole rig. These can be fine most of the time, but as I’ve seen on a few occasions now is the wire cuts into the mortar, erroding it away, and in this case to an extent where the chimney stack toppled over in a storm.

As you can see in the picture, after I have fitted the aerial and mast to te stand off bracket, that there is still the damaged slates and velux window to be repaired by the builders after the chimney collapsed on them. Using the bracket i did, will in no way lead to the chimney being weakend or after time structuraly compromised. In fact by bolting the bracket like this is a way of strengthening the chimney since it fixes the two bricks firmly together. I will in almost every digital aerial installation use this method of fixing a bracket to a chimney. Only is the actual brickwork is lose will I choose a different option or location altogether.

This is why I can give all of my aerial installs a lifetime guarantee. By having a more longterm view of my job I am able to makesure of a more beneficial finish.

 

Digital TV Aerials used in an installation

If you would like perfect TV reception the important thing lies with the selection of aerial. An expert aerial installation company will obviously enable you to pick the most appropriate kind of aerial for that region that you simply reside in. However, you might be thinking about the different sorts of aerials as well as their names together with more details about which sort is the best for what conditions. http://www.cai.org.uk/

Selecting a TV Aerial

If you’re selecting your personal TV aerial it will help to be aware what situations the different sorts may be used in. there are lots of things to take into consideration but three stuff that are crucial and which you will need to consider are:

The place by which you will put the aerial

Exactly what the reception is much like inside your particular region

The characteristics offered

The Various Selections of TV Aerial

There are various kinds of aerial and also the good for you depends around the above. Some aerials will assist you to raise the signal if you reside in a region in which the signal strength is moderate and a few be more effective suited if you reside in a place in which the signal strength is extremely poor. If you reside in a region in which the signal strength is great then selecting an aerial is simpler.

yagi tv aerialThe Yagi TV Aerial

The Yagi TV aerial is a very common standard kind of aerial within the Uk which aerial is appropriate for regions in which the signal strength is moderate to get affordable. It is not advisable for individuals who reside in an area in which the signal strength is poor. Yagi aerials are usually able to get the majority of the liberated to air digital channels, however, don’t anticipate getting all of the channels that are offered, because of directionality.

Our Prime Gain TV Aerial

If you reside in an area in which the signal strength is poor your aerial installation company may recommend that you’ve a high gain TV aerial installed. This kind of aerial will help you to receive some liberated to air digital channels even just in the regions in which the signal strength is extremely poor. Usually aerials like these are installed on rods and brackets for the greatest signal possible. By doing this they’re up high and aren’t obstructed even when you’re encircled by trees or tall structures. They can be not appropriate if you reside in an area were the signal is nice. It’s because the truth that they might get interference, which may result in poor display quality.

The Grid TV Aerial

The grid TV aerial is generally used to supplement the Yagi aerials as they possibly can help with regards to enhancing the amount of the signal and you may improve reception. The aerials will not pull in most digital Television channels however when used plus the Yagi or any other aerial they’ll get some digital channels.