Dave Plowman (News)
- Jan 1, 1970
We are heading back for the old days of band III TV in terms of ironwork
on the roof now. We had got it down to nice neat little 10 ele yagis
for the most part. Now, in order to receive the crap digital signals -
which let's remember are, according to Monkey on the TV adverts, going
to be dead easy to receive just by plugging into a set top box - you
need a 650 element triple reverse co-phased crossed dipole anti-ghost
log periodic about 6 foot long and with a bloody great cake-cooling
rack on the back ! Cost to install ? Oh, only about 180 quid ...
When analogue is switched off the power of the digital transmitters will
increase - you can't do this at the moment due to co-channel interference.
Then the same size aerial should suffice. Most of the population can
already get FreeView with their exisiting aerial - if they had good
analogue reception. But like many things digital it doesn't degrade
gracefully. There are some locations where some 'analogue' aerials aren't
suitable for the different frequency digital - but pretty rare.
I realise this doesn't help those in a poor signal area, though. But I'm
'OK Jack'. I can see the London transmitter out of the window in
this room. ;-)