tv and antenna

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 14:13
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Would appreciate any info on a small (15inch +-) tv and effective antenna setup for a camper. Would not normallly be interested in acquiring one but about to embark on a 6 month trip around OZ and thought it might be wise to have one available from time to time. Haven't had any luck searching google to date on possible suppliers.

Cheers

Alan
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Reply By: Rockape - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 14:19

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 14:19
Alan,
Jaycar and Dick smith both sell this antenna.

It performs as well as the one on my house and is quite compact for it's performance.

Have a look HERE

RA.
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Follow Up By: Alan F5 - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 15:04

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 15:04
Hi Rockape,

thanks for the advice - I will check it out for suitability for the "camper". My next task is to find a suitable TV/DVD and how to set it up without it getting in the way. Cheers Alan
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Reply By: Member - Gerald V - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 14:36

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 14:36
Alan,

I use a lot of the Kogan TV's for work (installed on aquaculture feed boats). They work well on 12v and are relatively cheap. TV/DVD combinations are also available.

http://www.kogan.com/au/shop/televisions/?n-facet-61=%5B%2C24%5D

Not sure about antennas though...

Gerald
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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 16:30

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 16:30
Hi Alan, Gerald etc,

I agree with the comments about Kogan. We have a 17" in the van and it's been right around the block with no hassles (12+240v).

Assuming you're not interested in a satellite dish, we finally settled for a Foldaway Antenna. It folds up into a largish tube (3"dia x 3'long??) and stores away easily. Also seems to get TV signals when it needs to.

No connection, etc. Just a satisfied customer.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 18:41

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 18:41
I too have sourced my TV from Kogan.

I have had several antennas over the years. One was similar to the one in the link above. I am now using an antenna with a built in antenna that approximates the above on with an amplifier added to it (Active 1.) If I need another one I will be replacing the current ons withthis model. I am confident it will approximate the previous models I have used and will store in a convenient small package.
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Follow Up By: Robert H2 - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 15:29

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 15:29
Peter,

I'm considering installing a TV in our van. From the limited research I've done to-date, I thought you had use a satellite aerial to get reception in remote areas.

I note in the link you provide for the Jaycar aerial it states

"This unit is ideal for the traveller. Because you could be in any part of Aust/NZ this antenna works on all frequencies"

Could you clarify if this antenna will work everywhere in Australia or do they mean it will work only when there is a signal in your location (which means not suitable for remote areas).

If what I need is a satellite aerial, do you have any advice on what to buy?
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 15:46

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 15:46
Yes it will work anywhere in Oz. If there is a reasonable signal there is will give you something to watch. If there is no signal then it will only pick up noise and feed noise to your receiver. Perhaps they should have been a little more pedantic and stated something like "will work anywhere in Australia where terrestrial TV is available."
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Reply By: Dingojim - Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 09:28

Friday, Mar 01, 2013 at 09:28
G'day Alan, I'll run with Rockape on this one. WE have the same Digimatch antenna and a Panasonic 21 inch set and I know for a fact we can get telly when some of the other travellers can't. Cheers Jim
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Reply By: alhow - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 14:55

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 14:55
The antenna Rockape listed is the choice.

It will do both UHF/VHF, horizontal/vertical and a combination of both polorizations which will cover Australia where reception can be received.

What alot of people aren't aware of is that some antennas only do either VHF or UHF and either horizontal or vertical, like some van antennas.
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Reply By: Going Bush - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:10

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:10
I just bought a Vertigo 16" TV for the same reason, we are going 12months, you can get a lot cheaper . very impressed with it actually. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290822273142?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_2484wt_1028

and I use a home made conduit 'T' antenna that works perfect on digital, analogue, horizontal & vertical, similar to the Happy Wanderer T bar but shorter dipole. , very light and takes no space in the boot.
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Follow Up By: Going Bush - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:14

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 14:14
forgot I meant to say its shockproof, which is what swayed me to pay the extra, after all, its in an off road van.
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