Where Is The Best TV Transmitter For My Location?
Are you trying to determine what is the best TV transmitter for your location. So, unless your using a satellite dish learn how to properly aim your existing antenna to get the best signal. Our blog attempts to answer those questions for you. We provide tips on how to choose and use your TV transmitter.
While you may think to choose the right transmitter and to aim it is simple, you will quickly find out from our blog that this isn’t always the case. There are many things which will affect your choice of transmitter and how you aim it. As an example, you may discover aiming it one direction gives you the best picture for one channel, while the opposite direction allows you to get twice as many channels. You need to pay attention to obstructions in your path, too. Trees, buildings, and hills can block the signal making the expected direction completely wrong.
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- Basic Information on Transmitters
Basic Information on Transmitters
Before we get too involved in choosing your transmitter, you need to understand the basics. There is a lot of technical information you could learn, but understanding basic terminology is all you really need.
The Main Transmitter
The main transmitter is what provides the TV signal for a specific region. Main tranmitters are usually located about 25 miles from each other. They transmit at a higher strength than relay transmitters. As an example, I have been able to use the Crsystal Palace transmitter (a main transmitter) from Tenterden in Kent, while the Crystal Palace transmitter is in London, nearly 50 miles away. To get the most channels and options on your TV, it is best to receive your signal from a main transmitter.
Not every location can get their signals from a main transmitter. Sometimes the signal is blocked by hills, trees, or buildings. That is when you need to choose a relay transmitter instead. Relay transmitters receive the signal from the main transmitter and relay it on using a different frequency. Some relay transmitters receive their signals from other relay towers, stepping the signal even further away from the main transmitter.
Freeview Lite Transmitters
Many relay transmitters are actually Freeview Lite transmitters. They serve the same purpose, but due to limitations in the UHF band for TV signals, they can only carry about half of the channels a main transmitter or full relay transmitter carry. If you can only access a Freeview Lite transmitter, you will receive far fewer channels.
Postcode Checkers – Finding A Transmitter
The simplest way to locate TV transmitters in your area is to use a postcode checker. These online tools allow you to type in your postcode and the house number and they will tell you where the transmitters accessible from your home are located. Most postcode checkers even tell you what stations each of the transmitters offer, so you can choose the strongest signal or the one who provides the channels you want.
UK Free TV – Transmitter Maps
The UK Free TV website is another way to choose a TV transmitter near you. It has all of the information you want and lets you choose your transmitter by looking for it on an easy to read map. It clearly identifies which transmitters are the main transmitters, relay transmitters, and Freeview transmitters. It even tells you which channels you will get by using each of the transmitters. It makes choosing the right transmitter easy since it provides you with polarization information, broadcast strength, and the channel list all in one place. This will help you choose the proper aerial and know exactly where to point it.
The Nearest TV Transmitter To You May Not Be The Right Transmitter
As you have probably learned by reading through this page, choosing the nearest transmitter is not always the best choice. You may discover the transmitter closest to you broadcasts at half the strength of a main transmitter just a couple miles further down the road and provides half the channels. By using the resources we mentioned above, you can select the most powerful transmitter in your area which provides the channels you really want. If possible, always choose a main transmitter, but if that fails, look for a non-Freeview relay which provides all the channels you desire.