Working in the Sun, a day in the life of an Aerial Fitter
Although we were working on probably the sunniest day this year, & not to mention is was bank holiday Friday I've got to say I actually enjoyed it. I mean, what's better than working outside on a day like this I thought. We were fitting both new wideband (digital) TV Aerials in Kendal, and also a couple of satellite dish installations. When the sun is out and it is warm with not much of a breeze, then this becomes one of the best jobs there is. Working away with the sun on our backs was a real pleasure, not to mention the view.
We were asked to install a satellite system for the IRS system at the University in Lancaster. As you can see the irs system is a very complicated set up and it is hosted in the same room as the computer servers system too. We had to get it right first time as the last thing we wanted was to have to install the irs system again. For simple Aerial installation through to full irs systems, we are experts able to do the simple jobs and the complex satellite installations too.
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Ever noticed that in some areas such as Blackpool there are loads of homes with 3, 4 or even 5 aerials heads onto one mast? Why is it that they need so many TV Aerials in Blackpool? The truth is over time when a home owner needs another aerial point in the house, a cheap and inferior way to do this is to put a single aerial head onto the existing mast and run just one cable off of it.
We recently went on a call out to a customer who was experiencing problems with his Sky TV Link. All was working well until a few weeks ago when it suddenly went grainy. Although the picture is sent through a standard coax cable, from the RF out from his Sky box it should still show a clear picture. Agreed it isn't as sharp as the HD picture straight from his sky box, never the less it is usually a clear picture. The question is why did it change a few weeks ago? Had the customer altered anything in the set up of the system.
When you need to mount your aerial in your loft space, then in most areas you will be limited as to which TV aerial to choose for the installation. There is a noticeable difference in both signal strength and interference when installing an aerial outside a building. With the advent of digital TV the transmission is now wide band and the need for a strong signal with low interference is needed more than with analogue. If possible have a TV Aerial Installer fit your aerial on the outside of your property as it gives you the best chance. However, due to building regs in your area it may be necessary to install your wide band aerial(digital aerial) in the loft.
You can lose up to 50% of the signal strength by placing it in the loft and it also increases the interference or noise. This is why choosing the right TV Aerial in the first place can save you a lot of time and expense. At Julian Voigt Aerial & Satellite, 9 times out of 10 we will pick the log periodic TV aerial as this is design to pick up wide band signal (for digital TV) like a high gain aerial, yet because it has no need of a back reflector it picks up much less interference. This provides the perfect TV Aerial for receiving digital TV when installed in your loft.
What is also essential is an aerial meter to make sure of the best position for the TV aerial to be installed. With the meter you can read both the reception of the signal and also the level of quality & interference or noise. So when you want to receive a perfect digital TV picture from your aerial in the loft always go for a log periodic.
Why have I lost some of my Freesat channels?
Have you noticed that some of the channels on your Freesat system have gone?
Yes! I hear you cry.
Where have they gone, and will I ever get them back?
Well if you’ve been looking for the answer, then I’m happy to say we have it here. You see over the last week or so a range of technical alterations were taking place with the satellite transponders which are responsible for broadcasting those missing channels. The maintenance work was carried out between the 2nd to the 10th of October 2013.
Now, with that work being finished those missing channels will now be available again.
OK, then, why can’t I see them now, since the work has been completed?
Well, let me help you out. If your channels are missing from your TV guide, then there are a couple of things you’ll need to do in order to get them back.
1. Put your Freesat box or Freesat TV in standby mode for a minute, then switch it back on again, and for some of you the system will automatically reboot and find those missing channels. Or not.
2. If that hasn’t fixed it, then you will have to retune your digibox or Freesat TV. This will mean going into systems, and doing a channel scan if that option is there or performing an install, which basically means you will get your box to install all the channels again just like when you first got it.
If grappling with your Freesat system is a bit too much for you, then give us a call on 0800 433 4918 and we can send an engineer out to retune your Freesat system.
If you need to get instructions on how to retune your Freesat digibox, then click here to get the manuals for your model of receiver.
Have you every wondered why some properties have 3, 4 or more TV Aerial heads all on one mast? With each aerial feeding into a separate room of the house.
With many aerial installers in Blackpool, and plenty of other regions around the UK, rather than looking to provide the best digital solution for their customer, they look to do what suits them. When a customer rings up to have another TV point into their home, and just look to install a cheap contract aerial on the same mast and to run the aerial cable into that room.
Looking at this picture to the left, you can see that not only is it unsightly looking on a property, but it is an accident waiting to happen. It wouldn't take much of a strong wind to take this whole TV Aerial rig down.
The Correct Way to install a TV Aerial to multiple points
Here at Julian Voigt Aerial & Satellite having full qualified as TV Aerial & Satellite Engineers, being Rdi Approved too, we only employ best practices when providing an install to multiple TV points in the home.
If the customer requires 2 or more TV points to be installed, then we will fit a quality digital aerial, such as a log periodic. These new style digital aerials are fantastic for attracting a strong signal. Once we have got the strongest signal, we then install an outdoor splitter at the nearest point to the actual aerial. Once the signal has been split we run off the splitter box the cables, ensuring we use quality cai approved cable to reduce any signal degradation. As per the pictures below. The end result is a neat looking digital aerial on a mast feeding multiple TV points instead of multiple aerials on a single mast. For more info on TV Aerials click here
Having a problem with your magic eye sky link? Have you just had a new sky box fitted, and now the sky link doesn't work?
For years now, there has been a clever way to circumvent the need to subscribe to the sky multi room rip off. To quickly explain what sky offer, it is the ability to watch sky in another room in the house, when they provide you with another box for £11.25 per month. Sky allow as many boxes as you want at £11.25 per box per room (only the basic standard sky box is provided free).
To find a Sky Link Installer in your area
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As sky tv is already pricey, there has been another very popular solution to this at a fraction of the cost. The Sky Magic Eye TV Link. On all of the previous sky boxes, there has been a ability to run a single coax cable from out of the box into a magic eye link and ino another TV situated in another room. The magic eye link enabled some one in a different room not only to view what is showing on Sky, but also to change channel.
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