There are all kinds of aerials available on the market and some which are specific to certain frequencies. A wideband aerial is a popular choice.

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Aerials

There are all kinds of aerials available on the market and some which are specific to certain frequencies. A wideband aerial is a popular choice.

Height

All TV reception predictions assume an outside aerial at a height of 10m from the ground. Your aerial should be as high as possible pointing towards the transmitter with the best signal. Ensure there is nothing in front of the aerial that could block the signal, such as trees. Use the BBC’s Transmitter Checker tool to determine the best transmitter for your location.

Loft and indoor aerials

If you live close to a transmitter, or can get a strong TV signal, then it could be possible to use an aerial in your loft or an indoor portable aerial. However, in both cases the signal will be weakened as it has to pass through various obstructions such as walls, roof tiles, foil backed insulation etc. Even if you are predicted to have good reception, you may have problems receiving services using indoor or loft aerials.

Cable and connectors

A television signal will always lose some of its strength as it passes along the cable and through the connectors. Therefore it is important to minimise the loss by using good quality cable and connectors.

Amplifier

These are not recommended, unless absolutely required, as they can introduce unexpected reception problems. See our help guide on the different types of amplifiers available .

Polarisation

Depending on the transmitter you are using, your aerial elements will need to be mounted flat (horizontal) or on its side (vertical).

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