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TV antenna recommendation please!

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Having been on the roof, I've diagnosed that our TV antenna is "stuffed" ... dodgy connections, corrosion etc. We've had some intermittent reception issues and it looks like it's a likely culprit. While we might be able to "recondition" it, I'm just going to bite the bullet and get a new one.

 

That said, I haven't seen many recommendations for roof antennas. Are they "all the same?" I've heard Hills are a good brand but little else.

 

We live in inner west Sydney, there are no high rises around us but more high apartment blocks are going in. FTA digital

TV is the priority; if I can get one that also improves (in order of priority) DAB+, FM and AM, so much the better.

 

Can any one recommend good models to go for?

 

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Hi,

I am also in the inner west and can recommend this service having used them myself to rectify aerial problems in the block of units in which I live and having also referred another resident here at a later time.  They were prompt and thoroughly professional.  I am not on commission and have no other affiliation with them than being a very satisfied customer.

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Live in Melbourne, so cannot suggest anyone in Sydney.  Highly recommend getting a professional to provide and  install the antenna rather than get a one from Bunnings e.g Hills.  A professional can match your signal with the appropriate good quality antenna, check the wiring and measure the end result at each of your end points.  Yes, it costs more, but you will get hassle free TV reception.  Plus, you do not have to climb up to the roof, which is always risky...

 

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3 hours ago, Tone Malone said:

inner west Sydney

Check your address here, then site will provide appropriate info for your area;

 

http://myswitch.digitalready.gov.au/

 

https://www.acma.gov.au/Citizen/TV-Radio/Television/TV-reception/do-i-have-the-right-antenna-system

 

If you're planning on DIY, then get a signal meter.

 

JSmith :ninja:

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Thanks for the advice (and JSmith those links are great!)

 

Advice to get a professional installer is definitely noted; that said, are there any specific antenna brands/models people recommend? Or are they "all created equal?"

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Tone Malone said:

Advice to get a professional installer is definitely noted; that said, are there any specific antenna brands/models people recommend? Or are they "all created equal?"

I left it to my professional installer; he said they are not created equal. I was expecting a large one but the one installed was small. Perfect picture in the past 2 years.

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47 minutes ago, Tone Malone said:

Advice to get a professional installer is definitely noted; that said, are there any specific antenna brands/models people recommend? Or are they "all created equal?"

Some good info here on the types;

 

https://www.telcoantennas.com.au/site/catalog/home-office/outdoor

 

http://www.matchmaster.tv/

 

https://www.matchmaster.com.au/category/digital-tv-antennas/

 

https://online.laceys.tv/pages/sydney

 

JSmith :ninja:

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On 17/05/2018 at 1:47 PM, Tone Malone said:

Having been on the roof, I've diagnosed that our TV antenna is "stuffed" ... dodgy connections, corrosion etc. We've had some intermittent reception issues and it looks like it's a likely culprit. While we might be able to "recondition" it, I'm just going to bite the bullet and get a new one.

 

That said, I haven't seen many recommendations for roof antennas. Are they "all the same?" I've heard Hills are a good brand but little else.

 

We live in inner west Sydney, there are no high rises around us but more high apartment blocks are going in. FTA digital

TV is the priority; if I can get one that also improves (in order of priority) DAB+, FM and AM, so much the better.

 

Can any one recommend good models to go for?

 

A good quality combination antenna that covers the upper VHF (Channels 5 - 12) and UHF (Channels 28 - 69) will cover all your FTA digital channels regardless of where you live and also DAB+.  (DAB+ is broadcast on 3 frequencies that are all within the old Channel 9 allocation)

 

If you're not too far from the FM stations that you listen to, then the same antenna will usually be fine for FM too, but if you want to pick up weaker FM stations, then you either want a combo antenna that also includes elements for the lower VHF Channels (I don't think you can buy such an antenna any more), or a separate dedicated FM antenna.

(The FM broadcast band lies across TV Channels 3 to 5)

 

AM needs to be a separate antenna as the frequency band is nowhere near any of the other broadcast bands.

A DIY long wire or loop is fine (plenty of info on the web), or if you want something fancy you can get one from this gentleman.

http://www.amradioantennas.com/

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3 minutes ago, surprisetech said:

regardless of where you live

Sometimes one with a 4G filter is required, depending on location...

 

JSmith :ninja:

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