Planning Your Installation
This page is not intended as a comprehensive guide to planning your whole installation, the individual subject pages will (more or less) provide that. It is a reminder of the order you should approach things and where to find the information on the relevant points, if you haven`t got time to read the whole site !
Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :
The most important decision is choice of aerial because it is only at the antenna that the vital signal quality can be attained, but this is dependent on which transmitter you`re on and your signal strength.
Thinking of installing the aerial in the loft ? If so read this page.
Once you have identified the transmitter(s) check if we have a page dedicated to it, if not look on digital transmitters nationwide. Both these pages will give information on the aerials we recommend for the relevant transmitter(s). If your transmitter is not listed on either source check the generalised article on Which Aerial For Which Transmitter.
If your signal strength is strong or medium you don`t really need to know what transmitter you`re receiving your signals from, just use a Log 36 !
For radio aerials see FM/DAB.
If you`re unsure which aerial to choose, go for a Log36.
If this does not give an adequate signal try adding a Mast Head amplifier.
Many people find the relevant aerial reports are helpful in deciding which antenna to go for.
The next step is to know the signal strength in your area, remember that signal strength predictors are unreliable. Hints on how to work out your own signal strength can be found in the applicable article,
Signal strength is important not only for aerial choice but also if you are planning to run more than one TV from your antenna.
If your signal strength is strong or medium you don`t actually need to know what transmitter you`re receiving your signals from, just use a Log 36 !
The choice of cable is easy because we only stock one type, and that is the best, i.e. copper/copper double screened satellite cable ! The only choice is what colour do you want, Black, Brown or White ? !
Poles are available in 3ft, 5ft, 6ft, 8ft,10ft & 12ft lengths. For help on deciding on pole height see use of longer poles, or to research cranked poles or "standoffs" (usually to clear the eaves above the install) consult the relevant highlighted links.
Once pole height has been decided next comes the bracket, try consulting which bracket for which pole.
Also see wall or chimney mount ?
We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.
If you`ve found this site informative and, hopefully, interesting as well,
Try the Digital UK coverage checker (ensure detailed view is ticked) and it will give you an educated guess of which transmitters you could possibly use and the approximate signal strength. This is certainly easer than working through the relevant articles on this website, but it`s not as accurate !