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Message posted by sja195129/9/2018 at 5:26pm
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Hi Guys

While looking on EBay I came accross the above antena, but it sounds too good to be true.

Has anyone tried using this, it states anything up to 200 mile reception !

Is it purely radio signal or does it need wi fi?

Any advice or reviews from trusted contributors would be greatfull appreciated

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Message posted by Vin Blanc29/9/2018 at 6:56pm
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"Skyline"???? never heard of it!

Are you sure it wasn't a "Skylink" indoor TV antenna and are you planning to use it for TV reception in your caravan or camper?

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Message posted by sja195129/9/2018 at 7:19pm
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Hi Vin,

You are perfectly right, but a simple typing error.

It should have read skylink tv antenna, on Ebay item No

323400161730.

And yes I was thinking of using it in my motorhome.

Once again any reviews would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Message posted by Vin Blanc29/9/2018 at 7:58pm
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Thought so!

To the extent of my somewhat limited knowledge you would be wasting your money.

These type of aerials are not designed for mobile use.

You need to start thinking along the lines of terrestrial aerials (long things with stickyout bits) for Freeview, or preferably a satellite dish for Freesat, (or Sky if you prefer to pay to watch TV).

Google my article written some years ago entitled "The art of aiming a satellite dish".

It should give you some idea of what is involved.

My choice would be "Freesat".

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Message posted by sja195129/9/2018 at 8:06pm
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Many thanks Vin,

I thought as much hence asking the question.

The thought of erecting a terrestrial aerial and tuning

the TV "in" at each site fills me with "life's too short"

However the satellite dish, I have heard that on a lot of

sites all the "beautiful trees" can block the signal !!

Nothing in life appears simple



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Message posted by navver29/9/2018 at 9:46pm
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Most modern vans have an aerial permanently fitted to the roof. All you do on site is raise the aerial from inside the van and rotate it towards the transmitter. Modern TVs then have a set up option which scans for all the channels and that's it done.

Admittedly, freeview coverage does vary and not all sites have a good signal. Many have coverage from a local relay station which gives a much reduced number of programmes available.

Message posted by Phishing30/9/2018 at 12:28pm
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The one you mention is pretty useless.

Just look for mini log aerial on ebay.
You need:
The aerial, tube for a mast, cable (WF100 type), jockey clamp.
Whole kit should be less than £50

Just put it up, point it in the direction everyone else has it pointed, autotuned TV. With a 3M mast you will get signal virtually everywhere.

I also use 'Freepoint UK' app on my phone to get the direction and transmitter details if solo but pointing in the same direction as the nearest fixed on usually works.

Message posted by Wanderer01/10/2018 at 9:10am
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I recently purchased an Avtex 20DB arial - https://www.norwichcamping.co.uk/shop/product/avtex-20db-digital-tv-antenna-4249/ - and have been very impressed with it. Sucker fitting for easy attachment either inside or out and have had good reception in all areas I have used it with very little adjustment. Most times have just fixed it to the inside of the windscreen.

Message posted by Vin Blanc01/10/2018 at 9:44am
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Quote: Originally posted by sja1951 on 29/9/2018

Many thanks Vin,

However the satellite dish, I have heard that on a lot of

sites all the "beautiful trees" can block the signal !!




That's why, in the photo of my caravan in (The art of aiming a satellite dish), my dish is mounted on a tripod which can be moved to any position within reason (say about 25m) where the "line of sight" to the satellite is not blocked by "beautiful trees" or anything else for that matter!

Just common sense really and much easier than moving a caravan or camper (with dish mounted on the roof) to another pitch!

Vin Blanc

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Message posted by Vin Blanc01/10/2018 at 1:06pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Phishing on 30/9/2018

"Just put it up and point it in the direction everyone else has it pointed".


Many years ago when I first got into “On site Terrestrial TV” with a roof mounted Status aerial that’s exactly what I did! – but I soon learned the hard way!

After that, having arrived and set-up on my pitch I used to wander down to the site office and take a compass check on the direction of the wardens aerial (which normally would have been installed by local professionals).

I would also note the aerial directions of any of the local houses.

My system never let me down when caravanning in the UK. Later on, when I started to venture across the channel I got into satellite (Freesat) which offered me far more UK channels and UK radio as well.

Oh yes, those were the days!

Sorry to contradict you on this occasion Phishing, I always enjoy your contributions.

Vin Blanc



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