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Below are all of Mark Aberfan Aerials's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.


Hi Mike,

I cant see this type of aerial being of any use at anywhere other than a strong signal area, using a inline amp even (a low noise one) will add noise making the signal to noise ratio worse, I cant see how this aerial has any signifcant gain due to its design. The only advantage this has over a indoor aerial is that it is outside.
A better & cheaper alternative would be the televes digi nova aerial which when powered (by a psu)has its amp built into the aerial which better maintains the signal to noise ratio, It also has the benefit of being made by a well known & respected manufacturer with apropriate back up.

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Hi Mandy,

In many areas a loft aerial isnt good enough to recieve all channels all the time, you would be better off with a aerial mounted outside.

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Hi ernieg.

If you buy a device called a Triax Tri link you can buy any freesat/freeview box & even a blu ray player & have full magic eye functions.

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Hi Lee,

On the 27th of April, two sets of channels(muxes) will be both moved into group B band & increased in power. The changes should make the signal better on those muxes & the reception of the channels on those muxes will improve.
The changes will affect only people who get their reception directly from wenvoe, it will not affect those on relay transmitters such as mynydd machen.

If only some channels are affected the you should wait until 27th april, if the bbc / itv 1 / channel 4 / channel 5 channels are breaking up, then the april changes will not help.

I would add that I dont know Valley Aerials personally but I do know they have a good reputation & are members of the best trade association the CAI.

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Hi joe,

If the uk channels you are getting include bbc 1 & itv 1 then your dish is pointing at astra 2 at 28.2e & not astra 1 at 19.2e

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Hi John Large,

This is the sort of thing you need,

Sky/Freesat mini satellite dish kit for caravan camping | eBay


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Hi p timmins,

No decent rigger in their right mind would work for the rates offered by dso contracts, we are still clearing up after them here in Wales, another thing we keep finding is freeview boxes fitted to tv sets with built in freeview, when I questioned about this I got told they dont get paid unless they fit something & the box is the quickest & easiest thing to fit !

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Hi Brian,

Thanks mate, I hope most of them have been of help or informative !


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Hi all,

What really pisses me off is that even after being caught out time & again these bandit companies rename & continue on to screw others & further blacken the name of our trade. I have seen the watering down of requirements for trade association membership so that people can use private training companies put in 4 days attendance & become a aerial installer, I said in the early days of this thread that I have no faith in self regulation by the trade & after seeing in action Im even more in favour of gas safe style legally required regulation with far far higher standards than currently required which are shamefully low if they can be achieved in less than a week.
No doubt we shall recieve more negative comments from customers after this weeks broadcast but it's the price we pay for this continued aerial farce.


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Hi Wayne,

Do not pay any attention to what the idiot installer told you, call sky & insist they put it right. They installer was only trying to keep his bad work from sky & to stop his employer from withholding payment which is what will happen if they issue a service call on a faulty install.
This is the price that sometimes has to be paid for ultra cheap (free)installs & free boxes etc

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