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Covid Information – we’re still working…

Posted by in Blog | April 22, 2020
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As we come under a telecommunications company we are still operating, although our working practices have now changed to protect both ourselves and our customers

We will be

  • wearing protective face masks
  • wearing disposable gloves
  • keeping at least 10ft away from anyone
  • using hand sanitizer
  • using alternative installation techniques while this difficult period is in lockdown
  • using contactless payments

If you require any further information please telephone us and ask, we are happy to help

Poor Wi-Fi Signal Chelmsford

Posted by in Blog | October 26, 2019

Poor Wi-Fi Signal Chelmsford

With today’s gadgets , smart TV’s , mobile phones , tablets , I pad’s and laptops we all have an increased need for a better and more stable Wi-Fi signal to connect our favorite devices to.  Andy’s Aerials have been installing additional Wi-Fi points for some time, the technology is getting better by the day now, and we have some fantastic products which we believe to be proven and tested to solve your Wi-Fi needs.   We are happy to come to your home or business and provide solutions for your connection and Wi-Fi needs

Here is a list of some of the products and solutions we can install

  • Wired Ethernet cables direct to your devices; smart-TV, Sky box, You-View box, Humax Free-Sat &Wi-Fi access point
  • Internal Wi-Fi points
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi point
  • Point to point wireless

Create a friendlier network with passcodes your know and can easily remember

Poor Wi-Fi Signal Chelmsford

There are limitation and issues which can affect the products which we recommend to install, which is why we need to come along to your home or business to see what is needed and how it can be installed neatly and discreetly as possible

Poor Wi-Fi Signal Chelmsford

Outdoor Wi-Fi points are now essential for a lot of our customers, allowing Wi-Fi calling on certain mobiles, not missing calls while out in their gardens, making working from home more enjoyable in the summer months

 

This is just a short introduction for some of the services and solutions we can bring to you; if you require further information please call us

Outdoor Wi-Fi

Posted by in Blog | October 26, 2019

Outdoor Wi-Fi

With today’s gadgets , smart TV’s , mobile phones , tablets , I pad’s and laptops we all have an increased need for a better and more stable Wi-Fi signal to connect our favorite devices to.  Andy’s Aerials have been installing additional Wi-Fi points for some time, the technology is getting better by the day now, and we have some fantastic products which we believe to be proven and tested to solve your Wi-Fi needs.   We are happy to come to your home or business and provide solutions for your connection and Wi-Fi needs

Here is a list of some of the products and solutions we can install

  • Wired Ethernet cables direct to your devices; smart-TV, Sky box, You-View box, Humax Free-Sat &Wi-Fi access point
  • Internal Wi-Fi points
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi point
  • Point to point wireless

Create a friendlier network with passcodes your know and can easily remember

Outdoor Wi-Fi

There are limitation and issues which can affect the products which we recommend to install, which is why we need to come along to your home or business to see what is needed and how it can be installed neatly and discreetly as possible

Outdoor Wi-Fi points are now essential for a lot of our customers, allowing Wi-Fi calling on certain mobiles, not missing calls while out in their gardens, making working from home more enjoyable in the summer months

Outdoor Wi-Fi

This is just a short introduction for some of the services and solutions we can bring to you; if you require further information please call us

Wi-Fi Issues

Posted by in Blog | October 26, 2019

Wi-Fi Issues

With today’s gadgets , smart TV’s , mobile phones , tablets , I pad’s and laptops we all have an increased need for a better and more stable Wi-Fi signal to connect our favorite devices to.  Andy’s Aerials have been installing additional Wi-Fi points for some time, the technology is getting better by the day now, and we have some fantastic products which we believe to be proven and tested to solve your Wi-Fi needs.   We are happy to come to your home or business and provide solutions for your connection and Wi-Fi needs

Here is a list of some of the products and solutions we can install

  • Wired Ethernet cables direct to your devices; smart-TV, Sky box, You-View box, Humax Free-Sat &Wi-Fi access point
  • Internal Wi-Fi points
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi point
  • Point to point wireless

Create a friendlier network with passcodes your know and can easily remember

Wi-Fi Issues

There are limitation and issues which can affect the products which we recommend to install, which is why we need to come along to your home or business to see what is needed and how it can be installed neatly and discreetly as possible

 

Outdoor Wi-Fi points are now essential for a lot of our customers, allowing Wi-Fi calling on certain mobiles, not missing calls while out in their gardens, making working from home more enjoyable in the summer months

Wi-Fi Issues

This is just a short introduction for some of the services and solutions we can bring to you; if you require further information please call us

Wi-Fi access points

Posted by in Blog | October 26, 2019

Wi-Fi access points

 

With today’s gadgets , smart TV’s , mobile phones , tablets , I pad’s and laptops we all have an increased need for a better and more stable Wi-Fi signal to connect our favorite devices to.  Andy’s Aerials have been installing additional Wi-Fi points for some time, the technology is getting better by the day now, and we have some fantastic products which we believe to be proven and tested to solve your Wi-Fi needs.   We are happy to come to your home or business and provide solutions for your connection and Wi-Fi needs

Here is a list of some of the products and solutions we can install

  • Wired Ethernet cables direct to your devices; smart-TV, Sky box, You-View box, Humax Free-Sat &Wi-Fi access point
  • Internal Wi-Fi access points
  • Outdoor Wi-Fi access points
  • Point to point wireless

Create a friendlier network with passcodes your know and can easily remember

There are limitation and issues which can affect the products which we recommend to install, which is why we need to come along to your home or business to see what is needed and how it can be installed neatly and discreetly as possible

Outdoor Wi-Fi points are now essential for a lot of our customers, allowing Wi-Fi calling on certain mobiles, not missing calls while out in their gardens, making working from home more enjoyable in the summer months

 

This is just a short introduction for some of the services and solutions we can bring to you; if you require further information please call us

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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