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What portable tv ariels do people use when the caravan one isn’t picking anything up ? We have a Sprite Major 4SB van and the aerial is fixed so unable to move it around, was wondering what is out there. 

 

Thanks in advance 

Davey

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You could go freesat, a portable system in a box for under £100. It is NOT Sky, but all the free to air satellite channels.

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External aerials are best for TV reception in a caravan or motorhome.

 

Don't believe reviews and personal recommendations because TV coverage is different from one area to another.

 

One of the cheapest and best in my experience is below.

 

Image 630 Digital Caravan TV Aerial Kit

 

Cost around £50 but shop around.

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Vision Plus complete digital caravan TV aerial (UHF & VHF) set and includes the 430 aerial with 5 metres of co-axial cable, mast and bracket with ground spike. Included is a flat cable section for feeding through caravan windows. The aerial is easily adjustable for vertical and horizontal signals.

 

Good posting by DeeTee below. Thanks DT.

 

 

 



 

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6 minutes ago, BOAC said:

External aerials are best for TV reception in a caravan or motorhome.

 

Don't believe reviews and personal recommendations because TV coverage is different from one area to another.

 

One of the cheapest and best in my experience is below.

 

Image 630 Digital Caravan TV Aerial Kit

 

Cost around £50 but shop around.

 

There is a site that we go to near Kimmeridge, Dorset and  the TV signal there is almost non-existent. Of an evening you can see aerials going up and down and turning around with some being vertical and some horizontal. 

 

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This page from a Sheffield based specialist aerial company provides a wealth of information about aerials suitable for caravans and narrow boats.

Based on their tests they are less than enthusiastic about the commonly used "caravan" aerials.

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Pippsy, not sure what type of aerial you have, but you say it’s ‘fixed’ so I can only assume it’s the circular ‘mushroom’ type, as other pointy types (directional) are definitely moveable.

 

If it is the ‘mushroom’, then it’s omni-directional, which back in the old analogue days was a bad thing. But, since everything went digital, they seem to do a good job.

 

Is there an aerial booster (often in the wardrobe or a locker) - and is it switched on?

 

Also, is it not picking up any programmes at all, or just a few or fuzzy reception, as this may point to other problems eg the TV itself or wiring or connectors?

 

So if you could post a pic or give us the aerial make and type, we may be able to help more.

 

John

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I have an Omni directional aerial and read that using a 4G TV filter which fits after the aerial but before the booster can help. They only cost around £5 and are plug and play.

 

I currently have one fitted. I got it after getting zero reception on a site in Norfolk which should have got good reception but also had a large phone mast a field away.

 

Does it help? I have no idea because I have not removed it to see if it makes a difference but I've had no difficulty in picking up a signal with it.

 

There are some interesting Youtube videos showing how they can improve signals.

 

It might not help your situation but for the money it has to be worth a try.

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4G interference is rare.  Very rare.  Only a grand total of 22,121 confirmed cases were recorded in the last published report: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/4gtv-co-existence-oversight-board  So it's unlikely to be that?   But a check of any caravan site postcode might discover if warning postcards were issued by AT800 in the area https://at800.tv/im-sure-received-postcard/

 

The UK UHF TV network is designed around the use of directional outdoor aerials at 10 metres above the ground (2-storey roof height).  In "getting away from it all" in our caravans we can succeed all too well.

 

A simple log periodic aerial on a pole outside would be the best bet, plus an amplifier (the one with an omni aerial could do) if needed.  (NB if the Status omni box and aerial has purple writing on then the box is just a power supply as the amp is built into the dome.  Orange / red writing is the current standard.)

 

Check what reception is predicted to be like by using the prediction tool (tick detailed view and use caravan or a part of the site name in the 'house number/name' box to get best accuracy).  http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/

 

Some sites have a cabled aerial system to get round difficult reception and a long coaxial aerial cable is needed to connect to that (usually sockets on the mains bollards).

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Get an Avtex Twig, that should get some criticism, when we change the van, Twiggy is going onto the new van, best aerial i have ever had    

Les

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Les Medes said:

Get an Avtex Twig, that should get some criticism, when we change the van, Twiggy is going onto the new van, best aerial i have ever had    

 

 

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5 hours ago, Doosan said:

There is a site that we go to near Kimmeridge, Dorset and  the TV signal there is almost non-existent. Of an evening you can see aerials going up and down and turning around with some being vertical and some horizontal. 

 

Point the aerial, towards the Isle of Wight IF its not behind a hill that is. There’s a transmitter over there, 

 

Andy

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9 minutes ago, Les Medes said:

Get an Avtex Twig, that should get some criticism, when we change the van, Twiggy is going onto the new van, best aerial i have ever had    

What bit of this did you fail to understand?

 

1 hour ago, Rodders53 said:

The UK UHF TV network is designed around the use of directional outdoor aerials at 10 metres above the ground (2-storey roof height).  In "getting away from it all" in our caravans we can succeed all too well.

The twig being omni will not work as well as a proper directional aerial in the more difficult reception locations.

 

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5 hours ago, Doosan said:

There is a site that we go to near Kimmeridge, Dorset and  the TV signal there is almost non-existent. 

Smedmore House CMC? 

 http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/BH20+5PG/caravan/0/NA Gives the predictions for 10m agl at that postcode and it's definitely 'poor'.  Poorer still at the 3m of a caravan aerial.

Local terrain will be the main issue (a lack of population the other, so no TV relay qualification).

No wired TV system perhaps means reliable reception isn't possible, just too expensive to warrant the install, or that while 'poor' it's good enough for most visitors?

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New Twigs ,following the  large number of failures with Elddis and Coachman,are no longer made although they can be bought via EBay....ours was the best we had as well...we now have an Avtex  STH3000 external fixing aerial which is brilliant..The old Twig stays on the roof as finding a way of blanking off properly defeated me.

 

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17 minutes ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

Point the aerial, towards the Isle of Wight IF its not behind a hill that is. There’s a transmitter over there, 

 

Andy

That will be the "Rowridge" transmitter just west of Newport I.O.W.  That's where I receive my Freeview signal from.

 

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2 hours ago, Rodders53 said:

What bit of this did you fail to understand?

 

The twig being omni will not work as well as a proper directional aerial in the more difficult reception locations.

 

:head butting brick wall emoji:

 

and your point is

Les

 

 

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1 hour ago, Les Medes said:

and your point is

Lost on you.

 

But hopefully OP will heed the advice and get a directional aerial.

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6 hours ago, Rodders53 said:

Lost on you.

 

But hopefully OP will heed the advice and get a directional aerial.

Read the OP's  post again pal

Les

 

 

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16 hours ago, Johnaldo said:

Pippsy, not sure what type of aerial you have, but you say it’s ‘fixed’ so I can only assume it’s the circular ‘mushroom’ type, as other pointy types (directional) are definitely moveable.

 

If it is the ‘mushroom’, then it’s omni-directional, which back in the old analogue days was a bad thing. But, since everything went digital, they seem to do a good job.

 

Is there an aerial booster (often in the wardrobe or a locker) - and is it switched on?

 

Also, is it not picking up any programmes at all, or just a few or fuzzy reception, as this may point to other problems eg the TV itself or wiring or connectors?

 

So if you could post a pic or give us the aerial make and type, we may be able to help more.

 

John

 

Hi John

yes it is the mushroom type and we couldn’t see anything in the wardrobe to boost it. I’ve been informed that folk do struggle on that site but I was interested to see what others use before our next visit in September.  I’m away with work atm but will post further details and pictures on my return home.  Also it’s a new tv, the picture would just come and go so I’m guessing it’s an aerial issue. 

 

Davey

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