Posted 13 February 2014 - 04:37 AM
I am building a new house in willaston sa 5118 and am looking for any suggestions about what antenna to install.
My switch says to expect good reception and was thinking I might install one of the hills black arrow combo antennas.
I plan on having up to 5 outlets
All suggestions appreciated
Posted 14 February 2014 - 05:09 PM
The black arrow antenna come in 3 models and is designed only for the channels used in your area, provided you watch community TV channel "44". If not you are better off buying a Hills Digitel DY10 which will receive all channels except community TV. The DY series antennas are cheaper because they are not designed for UHF so all the elements are sensitive to all of the other networks. I would get an antenna with more gain for when you split the signal 5 ways.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:50 AM
Should be better reception there than Kanmantoo
It comes down to whether you want to watch community TV or not.
If you do, a combination antenna would be required.
If not, then a VHF only one would be suitable.
Have a look at other new houses around you to see what they are using.
I have installed PHD1s in good areas in Gawler, but that was a long time ago. I still have one in my shed here, that I will probably never use.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:23 AM
Yeah I hope so coz as you know kanmantoo reception is diabolical >
I'm not that fussed about community tv ,I just want an antenna that picks up enough signal so that I can have up to 5 tv points.
I'm in an older part of willaston so there is not a lot to gauge what others have used as most of the installs look ancient.
I'm happy to use a combo if it's the right one I like the look of the hills black arrow because they are very compact and tidy on the roof in the same way the phd 1 is.
Anyway thanks for the reply
Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:23 AM
Still a big enough perch for the birds to sit on & mess all over the roof.
If it didn't provide enough signal for 5 outlets, you could use a mastehad amplifier to increase the signal level.
All based on the premise that you are where an adequate digital signal with sufficient strength & quality is available to do this.
I didn't want to say that, I do wonder if these viewers have problems with there reception.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:39 PM
Would a slightly higher gain unit be better without a masthead amp?
I'm going to do all the cable runs myself avoiding any electric cables if possible.
I just want to rule out any impulse noise as much as it is possible,coz it drives of batty now.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:23 PM
The only time an amplifier creates an issue with impulse noise is when the input to the amplifier is overdriven by the noise. This then causes distortion in the amplifier which affects all signals passing through it, and is a reason for selecting an antenna/amplifier combination that limits the pickup of signals other than the ones of interest.
Impulse noise that enters the amplifier as part of the digital signal already is not differentiated by the amplifier, as the signal is already corrupt. All that happens then is the output of the amplifier supplies a higher level corrupt signal. As always, antenna type & mounting position can have a bearing on this.
Possibly, but in my opinion if the signal is on the threshold of failure with antenna x, then antenna y with a couple of dB more gain probably isn't going to make much difference. It would depend on the closeness to HV distribution networks, motor vehicle carriageways/bypasses, electric fences & the like.
Ensure you have spare cabling for Foxtel/cat6/audio wiring etc if you are going to add services later (probably best to speak with your electrician about cat6 cabling, you need to be accredited to run this stuff.)
You may not have a problem in your new place anyway.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:41 AM
So what you are saying is that if i'm receiving a good signal anyway then the amp is only going to give me the extra power to feed 5 outlets.
I'm planning on running cable for my home theatre audio,but I have no idea what cat6 is.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:07 AM
I use amplifiers to get the signal at the outlet up to my comfort level. Of course, I measure the signal before installing, so know what my options are.
In your case, you can try without an amplifier first, but since I am guesssing you will be using a 6 way splitter to feed 5 TV outlets, you may need an amplifier to overcome the splitter loss, & deliver a healthy signal to the outlets.
Blue networking cable. Your sparky should know. (unless he's already done the wiring in your house.)
In new installations, I suggest a minimum 3 coaxial cables(1 FTA, 2 for Pay TV) & 2 network cables to at least the main watching area, to future proof the installation a little.
Or failing that, a draw wire/cord to pull up cables if you want to add them later.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:12 PM
I think I'll leave a draw string in both the main watching areas for future use.
Thanks once again Marc for your advice and help
Posted 16 February 2014 - 05:14 PM
Google is your friend.
Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:16 AM
Without knowing exactly how much signal is available on the space above your roof, to be on the safe side you could buy an antenna with a higher gain, such as a DY10.
Avoid using amplifiers unless totally needed.
Edited by Z2TT, 05 March 2014 - 12:49 AM.