Main Page List

View cart button

Scholars welcome !

Online Brackets & Clamps Shop

Brackets / Clamps Shop

A.T.V Home / Index

A.T.V Home / Index

A.T.V Home / Index Online Shop

Online Shop

Online Aerials

Aerials Shop

Contact Us

Free delivery on orders over £100.

Online Shop
© 2016 Justin Smith A.T.V
All Rights reserved
Online Splitters & Amps

Splitters / Amps Shop

Planning Your Install

Planning Your Install

Aerials

Aerials

Loft Aerials

Loft Aerials

Boat / Caravan Aerials

Boat / Caravan Aerials

ATV`s Choice Of Aerials

ATV`s Choice Of Aerials

TV Aerial Tests

TV Aerial Tests

Aerial Reports

Aerial Reports

Aerial Positioning Tests

Aerial Positioning Tests

Brackets & Clamps

Brackets / Clamps

Cable & Connectors

Cable / Connectors

FM / DAB Radio

FM / DAB Radio

Nationwide Transmitters

Nationwide Transmitters

The Main Digital TV Transmitters

Main Digital Transmitters

Transmitter Maps

Transmitter Maps

Cowboys` Locker

Cowboys’ Locker

Splitters and  Amps

Splitters / Amplifiers

How To Attach / Wire Up Plugs & Aerials

Wiring up plugs & aerials

Appendix

Appendix (incl satellite)

Basic fault finding

on digital TV

Online Cable & Leads

Cable / Misc. Shop

Contact Us

Brackets & Clamps

Poles / Masts

Online Poles and Masts shop

Poles / Masts Shop

Aerial Pole and Bracket Tests

Poles / Brackets Tests

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 :


Which aerial ?


Signal strength  (also see postcode coverage checkers)


Which transmitter ?  (also see postcode coverage checkers)


Don`t neglect the cable….


Aerial mountings (poles clamps and brackets)


Feeding more than one TV

For general hints on installation, but how not to do it,

laugh whilst you learn at Cowboys` Locker.


Also see Patrick Holdaway`s article on using Google Earth to line up an aerial.


Unsure if you`ve included everything you need in your order ? See TV Aerial Kits or try using this sequence,which follows the route of the signal from start to finish !

Aerial > Cable > Diplexer and/or Splitter and/or Amplifier (if required) > Pole > Bracket > Wall Screws/Plugs/V Bolts or Chimney Lash Kit > Cable Clips > Hole Tidy > Plug(s).


Finally see Online Shop or Mail 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.

Which TV aerial ?
Which
Aerial ?
Which transmitter are you on, or should you be on ?
Which
Transmitter ?

Now we have to decide which transmitter to use, see the article on this subject.


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 !

Unless you already have decent satellite quality cable installed (which you know is definitely in good condition) the downlead should be changed as a matter of course.


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 ? !


Also see  the importance of cable and the routing of it.

Cable is important, don`t neglect it !
Don`t neglect
the cable.....

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 ?

Mounting your aerial, not like this. It`s not supposed to be aligned on a satellite, go and buy a dish, tight git.
Aerial mountings,
not like this.....
More than one aerial point required, use of splitters and amplifiers What is the signal strength in your area ?

Back to the top

Back to the top

Back to the top

Back to the top

Back to the top

Back to the top

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,

please help us increase the number of people reading it.


Back to the top

Postcode Coverage Predictors.


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 !

Back to the top

Are you going to feed more than one TV (and/or radio) ? If so, knowledge of your signal strength is also very important so you can decide if you should use a splitter or if you need an amplifier.


If you are in a poor reception area an aerial amplifier may help, but is a mains amp or a "mast head" more appropriate ?


Whatever you decide, when it comes to a poor signal area, remember the golden rule :

   

 "aerial more important than amplifier" !


(amplifiers are sometimes known as "boosters" )