Will VAST Box boost terrestrial TV signals

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 06, 2015 at 16:54
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Hi Guys,

I intend to spend some time in the civilized world and it will not be necessary to set up my satellite dish on a regular basis I intend to purchase a terrestrial antenna but understand that I will need a booster.

My query is, can I feed a terrestrial TV antenna through the VAST box. I have looked at the box and it would appear that there may be several options.

1) It has RF in and RF out plugs - but will that do anything to boost the signal ?

2) What if I connect the terrestrial TV antenna to the same input as the satellite antenna ? - No more holes through the side of the van.

Anybody have experience
Peter
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Saturday, Jun 06, 2015 at 17:37

Saturday, Jun 06, 2015 at 17:37
I believe you'll find your Vast set top box will only receive channels designated as for us on the VAST system.

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Follow Up By: HKB Electronics - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 11:02

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 11:02
Having pondered this a bit if your only trying to use the existing wiring and assuming normal TV coax has been used then you could plug the TV antenna into the sat dish plug and the TV into the VAST antenna socket, even if you you could use the Vast box it would only give about unity gain so won't act like an antenna signal amplifier if that's what your after.

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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Jun 06, 2015 at 22:51

Saturday, Jun 06, 2015 at 22:51
Definitely no to that one.

Best to buy an antenna with a built in booster such as Wingard etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M17 - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 12:09

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 12:09
Thanks Guys,

A few thoughts to ponder :-

* I am mostly off road so am reluctant to mount any thing permanently on my roof. Would be something else to wipe off on trees etc ( I am 3m tall). Not much room anyway with solar panels, air conditioner, 4G shark fin antenna, roof vents etc.

* I am currently favouring the "Foldaway" antenna ( or similar). Unfortunately they do not have a 12v booster (only 240V). I looked at Jaycar and they have a 12v power supply but it has F type screw on connectors instead of the Pal push on type. I would need to buy adaptors etc to convert.

* If I go this way with a booster can it be mounted inside the van and not on the antenna ?

* Back to the VAST box. I wonder why they supply the pal RF connectors in and out ? (See page 12 of the user manual on this site)

I will keep you posted as to my chosen outcome and the result.

Regards

Peter
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Follow Up By: Notso - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 12:16

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 12:16
I've seen one recently and it is a dome shaped thing that basically seems to be a low profile thing that folds flat on the roof, it would be well below the Air Con.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:07

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:07
Been there done that Binned it. Some have success. Some hate them.
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Follow Up By: HKB Electronics - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:54

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:54
RF out good question, I would suspect it is for cascading receivers.

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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 21:59

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 21:59
"The Australian Government funds a free-to-air satellite service – Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST)."

It's my understanding that the box will only receive a Satellite signal, hence it's name. Why not just set your dish up outside your van ...... that's what I've done ..... and save your money.

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