TV Antennas

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 18:25
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Yes, I know the subject has been done to death. But, I have used an excellent antenna for our two previous long caravan trips around Australia, but it is large and bulky and packing it away each day is a pain. Is there a a compact antenna (including booster) which would seriously justify the term "excellent" Remarks appreciated.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 19:51

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 19:51
Mate if the one you have is the old style aluminium rods about a metre long tapering to 150mm or so, they don't come any better.

I have a mate in the business of TV antennas and he reckons the old style ones are the best.

I know what a pain the packing up is and I've just bought a new van with the wingard system that winds up from inside the van and looks like an aerofoil. It seems OK so far but still haven't tested it in remote areas like i did with the old one.
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Reply By: Rocky_QLD - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:26

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:26
Hi Billy
We bought a omni directional antenna at Bunnings in QLD, comes with an amplifier all working on 12 volts, draws less than 0.o35 amps from memory. I think it is ASCAN and costs $62.50, works a treat up to 80 k from Brisbane
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Reply By: Billv - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 22:04

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 22:04
Rocky, with great respect, the only reports I have heard of using an omni-directional dome type antenna in the outback, are bad ones. Yet I know how good they are close to some coastal and major centres. And Notso, you are probably right, unfortunately.
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 00:14

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 00:14
Save yourself a lot of frustration and get a real antenna - a satellite dish.

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