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Satellite dish Brentwood

Posted by in Blog | August 31, 2019

Satellite dish Brentwood

We were call for a satellite dish Brentwood, and our customer informed us a fox was jumping on his fence, and then jumping onto the garage roof, and ten climbing on his house to go and chew through his satellite cables.  I put the phone down after taking the booking for satellite dish Brentwood, and thought maybe a squirrel or mice but a fox?  When we arrived to our customer, he explained the problem with the climbing fox, and wanted us to install his dish on the chimney stack, where the fox could not get at it (unless he brought ladders), we were happy to install his dish on the chimney stack, which would give a good line of sight, no trees etc.

Satellite dish Brentwood

I lashed his chimney stack and used a large galvanized chimney cradle, cut a heavy duty mast down, and aligned the satellite dish.  We ran a new twin satellite cable to his lounge, tested our signal and re-booted his Sky HD box, picture perfect, with a strong signal and fantastic signal quality.

We cleared up, walked around checking we left no rubbish behind, wrote a bill and presented it to our customer, we chatted about the fox, I did not, not believe him but have never heard of a fox climbing on roofs, I wondered if there was a red squirrel around, again doubtful?

Our customer stated he had some pictures of Mr. Fox and he would dig one out and mail it to me, which he did, and I must say I was very surprised to see a fox on top of his house.

This fox has great climbing skills, and seems to be fascinated by the satellite dish.  Maybe he is magnetically sensitive, and receiving Sky One in his head.  Who knows?  He does seem to look happy staring at the dish.  My customer had no problem with that, but got fed-up with, having to replace the cables when Mr Fox ate them.  There would be 12 to 18 volts going through the satellite cables if the Sky box was on, maybe the fox liked a mild electric shock?

Satellite dish Brentwood

Any-who…  It tickled me so I thought I would post it on my blog, and see if anyone else has pictures of foxes; staring happily at satellite dishes?  Please mail them to me with permission for me to add them to my website blog

TV Aerial Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | August 31, 2019

 

TV Aerial Chelmsford

TV Aerial Chelmsford

We were recently asked to install a new TV aerial Chelmsford, and our customer wanted 3 new TV points, one the main sitting room a 2nd to the bedroom and the 3rd to the kitchen, which is where we discovered the black and white TV, which tickled me, pink.  Our customer absolutely loved the small TV, so we thought we would do what we could to improve the picture; The TV had an analogue tuner (wheels which when turned run from Ch21 to Ch68).  With today’s signal being digital the signal need to into a free-view box / receiver, which is where the next problem is, the TV did not have a scart input (probably not yet invented) so out of the free-view receiver into a modulator where now the digital signal had been converted into an analogue signal which could now be connected to the TV via RF input

TV Aerial Chelmsford

Our customer was over the moon with their black n white back up and running, as you needed a remote to change channel on the free-view box, I thought it was a fantastic upgrade for the TV. I couldn’t resist goggling if black n white TV licenses still existed…   They do not!  Who would have thought a call for a TV aerial Chelmsford would take us back in time.  I’m pleased we have ultra-sharp color TV’s, without snowy and grainy pictures which roll, going back to b&w is not for me.

TV Aerial Chelmsford

We ran the other 2 cables to the sitting room and bedroom, tuned the other 2 sets, we cleared up; packed away, leaving a very happy customer with their favorite TV working again. I’m pleased I live in a digital age with Wi-Fi, pc’s and color.  Our next job is to go to hang a flat screen TV, color we hope

New Digital Aerial Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | January 16, 2019

New Digital Aerial Chelmsford

I thought I would write a few paragraphs for a new digital aerial Chelmsford giving some free info and pointers for those seeking a new digital aerial.

The cost of the new digital installation can vary considerably, dependent on the parts required, denoted by the property and signal strength, and signal quality, in the property’s location.  Choosing a new digital aerial in Chelmsford should be made by an experienced aerial engineer who knows the area well, a lot of aerial companies advertise locally (Chelmsford) but are based in other counties and do NOT know the area or the black spots.

New Digital Aerial Chelmsford

Chimney brackets and wall brackets should be galvanized to ensure long life, which Andy’s Aerials always use.  Other companies cut costs by using non galvanized cradles & brackets (some even Painted) to either make more profit, or sadly do a cheaper job.  Most properties now suffer with 4g overpowering signals which need to be blocked.  In the not too distant future we all will need to attenuate / block the new 5g signal which is going to affect our TV viewing

New Digital Aerial Chelmsford

Amplification:  a lot of properties in Chelmsford will need an amp to lift the digital TV signal to the required levels, to be able to receive a perfect functioning picture.  Not all properties need amplification, which is another cost factor, if an amp is required.  Time is another, some properties are easy to install a new digital aerial, and run new cables, and others are challenging and time consuming, which again will add to the cost of the new digital aerial installation Chelmsford

 

A new digital aerial installation should last years if installed by a diligent aerial engineer, who takes a pride in their work, and is not happy cutting corners.  Best quality parts should be used, as cheap does not last.  There is a massive range of aerials, amps and cable to choose from.  An experienced aerial engineer will know which amp is best suited, for the signal strength and quality coming in, on the new digital aerial in Chelmsford; he will also be able to deal with the incoming of the unwanted 4G signal.

New Digital Aerial Chelmsford

New cable runs should be run discreetly, as no one wants to see an aerial cable, Andy’s Aerials always try to run our cables as discreetly as possible, in some cases completely invisible.

Pointer for choosing an engineer:

  • Local established company knowing the local area
  • Quality parts, galvanized brackets and generous gauge aluminum masts
  • Neat tidy, caring company with proven history
  • Spectrum analyzer, to see issues with signal (not hand held strength meter)
  • Written guarantee
  • An engineer, who you are happy to engage

Digital Aerial Repair Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | January 16, 2019

Digital Aerial Repair Chelmsford

 

Why do we need a digital aerial repair Chelmsford?  Or a digital aerial replacement?

We are often asked by customers why their digital aerial is in need of repair or replacement; we very often hear the sentence; “it was working perfectly yesterday”.  Digital outdoor aerials withstand the elements, in the summer & winter.   They are baked throught the summer, and in the winter they are frozen, and get wet when it rains.  When the temperatures rise in our fantastic summer months, the roofs of houses/buildings absorb the heat , and aerial or satellite cables also absorb the sun’s heat.  The sun’s uv A’s B’s & C’s gradually decay the aerial and satellite cables, causing them to split and crack, making the original waterproofing non-existent.

The cable deterioration is pretty much like EVERYTHING else in life, it has a life expectancy, best guess:  20 to 25years.  Once rain water has entered the cable it can only run down.  Aerials are generally mounted on the chimney stack on top of a house;(for best signal quality)  gravity ensures the water in the cable travels down.

The water can arrive at a filter, masthead pre-amp, distribution amplifier or straight to the TV direct.  Any scenario is not good with electrical supplied devices and water.

 

Digital Aerial Repair Chelmsford

Some digital aerials, have a plastic cap on the dipole of the aerial,  where the aerial coaxial cable joins to the digital aerial.  This cap is also baked in the sun, soaked in the rain and frozen in the cold winter months.  As you can now guess an aerial with a broken cap, mounted on the top of a building, can only capture water as and when it rains.  Again with gravity, the water makes it way down the cable to the bottom, causing customers to call for a digital aerial repair Chelmsford.

In days gone by, VCR’s (Videos) would receive the aerial coax cable before the TV and was much cheaper to replace than a TV.

I have been called out to replace an aerial where the customer had tied the aerial cable up in the air, slit the cable with a knife, and placed a cup under it to collect the water!

Today’s digital signal pixelates luckily, and customers call us to investigate the cause at an early stage.  A lot of other aerial companies will replace an aerial, and either they are too lazy to replace the cable, or have simply not charged for it in the aerial installation cost.   Cheap, you only get what you pay for.

So you can now have a brand new aerial connected to a 20year old cable!  It does not matter how good the new aerial is, if the signal cannot reach the TV, you will not receive pictures

If you are in need of a digital aerial repair Chelmsford or anywhere else in Essex please call us for free 0800 77 97 047 http://www.andysaerials.com/contact

Andy

New Sky Dish Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | September 25, 2017
New Sky Dish Chelmsford

New Sky Dish Chelmsford

We were called to install a new Sky dish Chelmsford last week, and we were delighted to see our aerial we installed some years ago.  South (the direction the Sky dish needs to face) was at the front of the house, so we had 4 choices…  1) attach the new Sky dish to the side gable end, which would have worked well, but would not have a completely clear line of sight.  2) Using exhaust clamps attach the New Sky dish, to our already installed TV aerial, which was on a heavy duty 1” ½ alloy mast, and could have happily supported the Sky dish.  3) Drill the stack and fit it to the brickwork, which we try to avoid, as drilling chimney stacks is not a good idea.  4) Install a large heavy duty 13” galvanised chimney cradle, & lashing kit, putting the new Sky dish Chelmsford dish facing south, with the chimney behind it minimising the wind, / future storms blowing the dish from behind.

Obviously we chose option 4 as we only like to install dishes and aerials correctly!

 

New Sky Dish Chelmsford

We lashed our customer’s chimney stack, and cut off 14inches of an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast, as we did not want to see any excess mast sticking out of our installation, but we did want the strength and support of the 1” ½ alloy mast, as we like to keep all our installations neat, discreet and heavy duty. We assembled the zone 1 Sky mini dish, and attached the quod L.N.B and already knowing we had a clear line of sight, for the dish we attached our digital, meter and aligned the dish, ensuring the dish was perfectly aligned, and not having too much signal as we do not want to damage our customer’s equipment.

 

New Sky Dish Chelmsford

Our customer had a Humax Free-Sat Free-Time recorder, so we need to run a twin cable to it; a twin cable is much neater than 2 singles.  One cable / feed for watching the TV, and the 2nd for recording.  We ran the twin cable behind the chimney stack, and under the facia boards, so our cable could not be seen and then into our customer’s house.  We drilled a 10mm hole carefully not to blow our customer’s brickwork, and with a rain-loop, we brought our twin cable in, and fitted 2 x compressions F’s, to the cable and set-up our customer’s new Humax receiver.  We ensured all the settings were correct on the Humax, and flicked through some channels to check everything was working perfectly, the 1080p HD channels looked stunning, our customer was delighted.  We cleared up and packed away, ready for our next call another new Sky dish Chelmsford.

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Aerial Company in Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | May 13, 2017

Aerial Company in Chelmsford

 

Aerial Company In Chelmsford

Andy’s Aerials your local aerial company in Chelmsford, after being asked by customers why we have not wrote a blog for a while displaying our work, I have found time today to write a couple of paragraphs and listing it: Aerial Company Chelmsford.  We have recently completed a communal system for some flats in Chelmsford, where there were no fixing points to the building.  However there was a small flat roof on the top, which was a little tricky to climb up to, and lugging 3x 40newton blocks, a tri-pod, A-group Fracarro log-periodic aerial (small and neat lookingJ) and a zone two satellite dish.

Aerial Company in Chelmsford

The Fracarro A-grouped aerial worked very well and discreet from the ground, 4G was strong and causing a lot of problems when the aerial receives the signal.  So we fitted a 4G filter to block the signal to ensure, our pre-amp and satellite switch would be protected for being overloaded, by the strong 4G signal.   The satellite signal was perfect; we always try and mount our dishes high ensuring a clean line of sight, to be able to receive an excellent signal.

Aerial Company in Chelmsford

Once we had the tri-pod assembled and secured, we fitted our aerial and mounted the satellite dish in the best possible location.  As an aerial company in Chelmsford, we take enormous pride in our work, and try hard to hide our systems, and achieve the best possible signals, which are mainly on the top of buildings.  We needed to run 5 cables down the hipped roof, and to the facia board, where we were able to enter our cables.  One aerial cable and 4 satellite cables to feed the satellite switch.  New satellite switches can be run off of a normal quod L.N.B now, which makes our lives a little easier, as historically a quatro L.N.B was needed, feeding the switch with a horizontal high, horizontal low, vertical high and a vertical low.  As the feeds were essential we have always had to ping out the cables, to ensure the correct cable connected to the correct input, of the satellite switch.  Now its much easier, just connect the 4 sat feed and aerial and it’s all done.

Aerial Company in Chelmsford

We fitted the 4G filter, and masthead pre-amp, in our customer’s loft, keeping them out of sunlight, rain and frost, making it easier to access in the future.  The satellite switch guzzles aerial signal so we have to allow for this, which is why the masthead pre-amp is required, we can connect our spectrum analyser to an output of the switch and set the output signal levels by adjusting the masthead pre-amp, ensuring each flat receives the correct signal levels, to ensure a perfect picture on their TV’s.  We need to check a few of the flats signal strengths, generally one on each floor, and certainly the nearest and furthest away, from the switch or launch amp.  After testing several flats we were satisfied the tenants had a 100% perfect digital signal, from both our digital aerial and satellite.

New TV Aerial installation Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | December 15, 2014

New TV Aerial installation Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

 

New TV Aerial installation Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com             We were called last week by a contractor who required a new TV aerial installation Chelmsford Essex, only fitting a TV aerial to a flat roof without fixings. Other TV aerial company’s had quoted for the work but did not have any solutions for the installation, only offering penetrative fixings to the side of the new building, which was not acceptable to our customer. I ordered a tripod ground mount which could easily be transported up the narrow roof access enclosed ladder, and through the roof access hatch. We took some signal test reading using our test aerial and spectrum analyser. The signal was good, balanced and our log-periodic aerial would be perfect, as we did not wish to use a large aerial with deflector plates, which would catch the wind more. The log being streamlined and incredibly light was the perfect choice for our new TV aerial installation Chelmsford, as well as being discreet and soft on the eye. We drilled three engineering breezeblocks, and fitted the nylon mungos one the ground ready to take up to the roof where we was to assemble the tripod flat roof aerial mount, which pieced together easily. Carrying the heavy breezeblocks one at a time to the roof we soon had the tripod mount ready to receive our new TV aerial.

New TV Aerial installation Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

We electronically aligned the Fracarro log-periodic aerial to Crystal Palace London using our spectrum analyser, this signal was the best choice, at good signal strength, quality and all digital mux’s were nice and square, just how we like them. We fitted a masthead pre amp, to ensure a fantastic signal arrived at the ground perfectly, with just a little kick before entering the distribution amplifier. Once on the ground floor we identified the aerial feed cable from the other aerial cables, and tested it to confirm the signal was still of good quality, which it was. We found our customer’s other cables and terminated them with F’ plugs ready for fitting to the distribution amplifier. We secured the distribution amplifier to the wall of our customer’s plant room as requested, and connected the aerial feed to the distribution amplifier so we could test the output of the amp, to ensure the output to the TV sockets was perfect, which it was. We started clearing away our tools and waste and headed to our van for our next call of the day which was another New TV Aerial installation Chelmsford, not too far to travel!

New TV Aerial Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

Posted by in Blog | October 21, 2014

New TV Aerial Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com          New TV Aerial Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com 

Not wrote many blogs recently due to not having any spare time.  We completed a job yesterday and looking at it we both thought we should take a couple of pictures and put it up with all our other proud work. Our customer originally called us for a new TV aerial Chelmsford, with a D.A.B aerial and d Sky satellite dish, when we arrived there was an aerial already in place but not receiving a good quality signal.  The original aerial engineer had nicely lashed the chimney stack and used an awesome 18” chimney cradle….  But lashed it at the front of the chimney stack putting the inferior TV aerial over the path and not the roof, hence bird poo all over our customer’s path.  As we were putting a Sky satellite dish on the stack as well we thought we would use the extra-large chimney cradle, but move it to the back of the chimney stack where if should have been fitted to start with.

New TV Aerial Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

We took some signal readings with our test aerial and we were happy using our famous Fracarro log-periodic w/b aerial on an 8ft 1” ½ alloy mast.  The signal was to be Anglia Sudbury as the London signal was not very clever, but as our customer was having Sky too they could have London news on their Sky box and Anglia on the Free-View side, effectively our customers could choose which news they wanted to watch.  With the new TV aerial Chelmsford now up and running we attached the single element D.A.B aerial for our customer’s D.A.B radio and ran the ct100 high grade coax cable to the sitting room and connected it the their radio, which of course was perfect!

New TV Aerial Chelmsford www.andysaerials.com

We needed to mount the Sky satellite dish high as the garage roof would have shaded 40% of the dishes signal, which we don’t do.  Even now I laugh at some of the satellite dish installation I see, and wonder if the engineer was just lazy or did not understand signals too well, any-who I didn’t want to mount the mini dish too high up our mast as it would not be as stable as I like, so we decided to lash our customer’s chimney once again ( avoiding drilling unnecessary holes in our customer’s stack) this time on the very top course using an 8” chimney cradle and a very small 1” ½ alloy mast to attach the dish to.  We cleared the garaged roof and achieved a perfect satellite signal.  All we need to do now was surreptitiously run the twin satellite cable to our customer’s sitting room.  We used a drainpipe to discreetly reach the floor then a short distance along the brickwork to the sitting room, where we terminated our cable and fitted the baby f’ plugs.  As always our customer was delighted with our efforts and immensely happy with their picture quality.  I took some pictures for this blog as I wonder why not all engineers work is as outstanding as ours?

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TV Aerial Engineer Essex

Posted by in Blog | August 17, 2014

TV Aerial Engineer Essex  www.andysaerials.com Essex

TV Aerial Engineer Essex  www.andysaerials.com Essex

With all this hot weather we as TV aerial engineers have been enjoying the baking hot roofs and of course the lovely lofts of our customer’s which at mid-day double up to be a sauna!  You don’t have to be up there for more than a minute and you soon sweat out a litre or two, instantly losing a couple of pounds.  As a TV aerial engineer Essex I always try to keep out of lofts as much as possible and in the extreme heat install the TV aerial system by the loft hatch where there can be a draft.  Last month July I was running some cables in one of our customer’s loft and I was getting wasps flying around my head and a few going down my shirt, which isn’t nice when you’re sitting by the loft hatch with your legs dangling down and you really don’t want to be jumping around.  There was no loft light just my head torch and I didn’t really take too much notice of the loft as I had the cables I was looking for, picture my face when I started looking for the bees/ wasps nest when I was getting mobbed by curious wasps!  I had to take a picture as the nest was massive and a complete work of art.  The nest was built on the gable end of the property and the wasps were flying in and out at the outside but there were plenty flying around the inside of the loft much to my annoyance.

TV Aerial Engineer Essex  www.andysaerials.com Essex

I was lucky it was mid-day (sauna temp in a loft) and most of the wasps were out doing the wasp duties, and not at home looking at me as an intruder.  I looked at the humongous nest and admired its intricacy and couldn’t help but admire their building skills as it was a work of art.  Only downside was wasp’s sting and nobody wants them living in their loft space.  I showed the pictures I had taken of the nest to my customer who very quickly said I will get that dealt with.  I had connected my cables and completed my work.  I closed the loft hatch and packed away, another morning completed as a TV aerial engineer Essex

TV Aerial Engineer Essex  www.andysaerials.com Essex

New TV Aerial Billericay Essex

Posted by in Blog | August 17, 2014

New TV Aerial Billericay Essex www.andysaerials.com

New TV Aerial Billericay Essex www.andysaerials.com

With all this lovely hot weather we are still working in lofts, which is just delightful!  Our first job Monday was a new TV aerial Billericay Essex and we were delighted to see such a big loft.  We took up our loft steps along with a test aerial and our spectrum analyser to take some signal reading, to see if we could put our customer’s new TV aerial in their loft, and surprisingly it could so we set about getting the new TV aerial permanently fixed. After a little thought we decided to use a satellite zone 2 dish bracket and mast as the bracket can be squeezed together, making the fixing holes narrower to accommodate the loft beams where we ideally wanted to secure our Fracarro log-periodic aerial.  One of the massive advantages of the Fracarro log-periodic aerials in lofts are: as there are no back plates / deflectors you can mount the log high without the deflectors catching the roof pitch allowing you to mount the aerial higher, as well as being a fantastic performing aerial it’s neat and discreet.

New TV Aerial Billericay Essex www.andysaerials.com

Our customer wanted 2 TV points wiring in so once we had the aerial electronically aligned and had our Signal readings we ran the aerial cable approximately 1mtr away from the aerial and fitted a 2way masthead pre-amp with a variable gain from 10DB to 25DB.  Using the spectrum analyser we turned down the output of the variable gain masthead until we received the perfect signal with minimum noise.  A new TV Aerial Billericay Essex installed by Andy’s Aerials has to have the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed!  We extended our customer’s TV coax cables neatly around the loft, stapling them out the way where no one could tread on them and up one of the lofts beams to the masthead.  We connected the aerial coax cables to the masthead and went down stairs to test our customer’s outlets with our spectrum analyser, checking our customer’s cables and face sockets, as we know face sockets can be a major issue.  The signal received at the out lets were perfect, we went to our van and grabbed 2 new pre-made white fly-leads and connected them to our customer’s TV’s.  A quick re-tune bingo perfect pictures and happy customers!  We wrote our bill and packed away, our next call was not far away as it was another new TV aerial Billericay Essex.