Monthly Archives: April 2014


New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

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We are proud to work alongside a bespoke builder who like us puts a lot of effort into their work, dotting their I’s and t’s knowing getting all the little things perfect make a huge difference on the big picture.  We have previously designed a new satellite installation using an 80cm satellite dish and a quattro L.N.B supplies all sub-bands at once from 4outputs Vertical High, Vertical Low, Horizontal High and Horizontal Low.  We ran the 4 satellite dish cables from the L.N.B into our launch room along with our aerial feed coax cable.  We needed to supply 6 Sky+HD satellite receiver boxes each taking two feeds of the satellite switch, 6×2 =12 and me being me I fitted a 16way switch to ensure it was more future proof, offering a further 4 free connection for any future connection.  We fitted our 16way satellite switch high in the launch room giving easy access to the outlet ports, for us to connect the satellite Sky box’s to.  As the builder had ran H.D.M.I cables and cat6 throughout the house we had no need to combine our aerial into the satellite switch, so we fitted and independent 12v 100m/a remote power supply to power the aerials ‘s masthead pre-amp and then fed a 6way distribution amplifier from the power supply unit.

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

The idea is each Sky box will have its own aerial feed and each room feed with the H.D.M.I will also have a coax cable fed from the Sky box to the TV point powering a Sky-eye to remote the Sky box, while connected by H.D.M.I providing outstanding high definition pictures.  As the aerial is connected to each Sky box the Sky-eye has 2 purposes:  1) it serves as a remote to operate the Sky+HD box and 2) it is carrying all the Free-View channels for the TV’s digital tuner.  Install a N.A.S. drive and each and every room has a complete cinema at the fingertips of the Remote control, add Sonos or apple and that’s all your music needs taken care of too.  The system is extremely comprehensive but incredibly easy for the user to use.

New satellite installation www.andysaerials.com Essex

Of all the satellite installations we have installed this particular dish is my favourite and we are incredibly proud to say we installed it.  Not only is the dish hidden but everything is 100% perfect!  Our large chimney cradles as 100% along with each of the lashing wires, completely straight and level giving a symmetrical appearance, looking extremely professional!

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com              

Our 1st call Thursday morning was for a flat screen TV wall mounting, we had previously looked at the job the week before, and I gave myself a few days to think about the installation, as there was central heating radiator pipes in the wall along with electricity, and I wanted to allocate the job a generous time frame so we could carefully get the TV wall bracket up and hung, checking every fixing for pipes and cables.  It is far better to spend time carefully getting a hole for a fixing than it is just drilling and hoping.  As the TV was a 32” we only needed to use a small flat screen TV wall mounting bracket, and we decided 8 fixings would be perfect, taking into account the central heating radiator below.  I carefully started to make the holes for the fixing and out of the 8 there was only 1, I was not happy with and did not proceed, we re-marked the wall using the TV wall mounting bracket and selected another fixing location for the 8th fixing.

Flat Screen TV Wall mounting www.andysaerials.com

Once we had our TV wall bracket firmly fixed to our customer’s wall we need to run a cable from our customer’s Sky+ HD box to our new point, which was fairly easy as we disconnected the twin satellite feed cable form the Sky box and pushed the cable back out.  We then drilled the 10mm hole with a 14mm drill bit making the existing satellite cable entry point 4mm larger to accommodate our uplink feed cable to our new TV.  We ran our cable alongside the satellite dish feed cable, keeping the appearance of the cable neat and tidy, effectively one cable visible.  Once we had our new cable into our customer’s loft all we had to do was to run it down the inside of our customer’s internal wall.

New TV Aerial Ingatestone Essex www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | April 20, 2014

New TV Aerial Ingatestone Essex www.andysaerials.com

We love local work and you can’t better than on your doorstep; as our first call of the day is for a new TV aerial Ingatestone Essex.  We have work for our customer before and appreciate the repeat work, a new build and having previously discussed the system requirements we knew exactly what we were to do.  We fitted a small pair (12”) of T&K wall brackets on the gable end of our customer’s property and delighted to have scaffolding to access the gable end.  We took some test reading with our test aerial and we were delighted with our signal reading, both signal strength and signal quality.  We assembled our favourite Fracarro log-periodic w/b aerial and mounted it to an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast, ready to drop in the T&K wall brackets.  We were not too happy with the line of sight, due to trees, but as we had already taken signal readings, we knew the signal would be perfect.  Once we had electronically aligned the new TV aerial we tightened the large U’ bolts securing the TV aerial mast to the wall brackets.  The builder / sparks had already run high quality TV coaxial (wf100) cable and all we had to do was to run the cable up the aerial mast and connect the cable to our aerial, leaving no joins and a neat and tidy cable run.

New TV Aerial www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | April 1, 2014

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  New TV Aerial www.andysaerials.com

At last were starting to think the summer has begun, and as you will see from the pictures they are taken with a beautiful blue sky background.  We have been involved with one of our customers for a new TV aerial system with a satellite dish to run several Sky boxes.  We discussed various options and our customer wanted a perfect Free-View signal and a 16way multi satellite switch fitting so they could use more than one Sky+ HD boxes and have the choice of viewing free-view if they so wished.  We need to fix an 80cm satellite dish for this so after looking at the available line of sight from our customer’s chimney stack, we decided the best location for the satellite dish would be the chimney stack.  I wanted to ensure both the new TV aerial and satellite dish would be secure and stay aligned for some years to come, so we used 2 x heavy duty chimney cradles each taking up 5 brick courses of the chimney stack, 10 brick courses in total, providing fantastic support for the 12ft 2” alloy mast.  We need to use a 12ft mast so we could spread the load of the new TV aerial and satellite dish through the chimney stack, probable 4ft or so was chimney height and the remaining 8ft was above the chimney stack, providing the necessary height for the new TV aerial and allowing us to mount the 80cm satellite dish between the 2 heavy duty large chimney cradles, providing an incredibly secure fix for our customer’s satellite dish.