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Old 14-04-2012, 20:49
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I live in a poor reception area and, currently, have my TV aerial cable attached to the telescopic aerial on my DAB radio, which gets me some of the DAB channels.

I'm thinking, if I had my TV aerial replaced, with a DAB antenna, I'd get a better signal.

Are there any, reasonably priced, DAB radios with external antenna sockets?
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Old 14-04-2012, 21:12
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Actually I have two DAB radios, both by Pure - the earlier one has the telescopic actually screwed into an F-type socket. I removed it and have it connected to my external DAB aerial, and I get excellent reception.

The second has a telescopic only. However, removing the screw that holds it in and connecting the centre conductor to that gives me equally good reception.

So, I'd get a decent external DAB aerial and use that.

Mine is triplexed in with an FM and TV aerial and then my antenna amp in the loft distributes the triplex signal to each wall socket in a single coax which is then diplexed in each wall socket to FM/DAB and TV. Then I have an adapter in the FM/DAB outlet which splits out FM and DAB. (Although I have to say that is probably unnecessary and I have only down that where i have an FM receiver as I suspect the DAB more likely to overload the FM than vice versa).

Hope this helps.

One small point - be careful that you use only diplex wall sockets that are designed for DAB/FM - some older ones will actually 'lose' the DAB between the FM and DAB as they cut the UHF off above DAB freq.
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Old 14-04-2012, 22:01
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I think there's no doubt that a DAB aerial will give you better DAB reception than a TV aerial. Not only are TV aerials tuned to completely different frequencies than DAB ones, but also DAB transmissions are only vertically polarized whereas a lot of TV transmissions are horizontal. If your TV aerial is mounted with the elements horizontally, you'll get a double win from replacing it with a vertical DAB aerial.

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Old 15-04-2012, 07:42
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Actually I have two DAB radios, both by Pure - the earlier one has the telescopic actually screwed into an F-type socket. I removed it and have it connected to my external DAB aerial, and I get excellent reception.
My main Pure is connected to my TV aerial which is a vast improvement over the whip aerial especially protecting against local interference such as my laptop power supply. I suspect it is the downlead which helps rather than the aerial itself.
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Old 15-04-2012, 10:37
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I live in a poor reception area and, currently, have my TV aerial cable attached to the telescopic aerial on my DAB radio, which gets me some of the DAB channels.

I'm thinking, if I had my TV aerial replaced, with a DAB antenna, I'd get a better signal.

Are there any, reasonably priced, DAB radios with external antenna sockets?
The Roberts Stream83i has a similar solution to the Pure, with a screwdriver and 11mm socket you can remove the telescopic aerial and expose a normal f connector
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Old 15-04-2012, 20:19
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the earlier one has the telescopic actually screwed into an F-type socket. I removed it and have it connected to my external DAB aerial, and I get excellent reception.
That sounds like just what I'm looking for.

Do you have the model number/name?

If your TV aerial is mounted with the elements horizontally, you'll get a double win from replacing it with a vertical DAB aerial.
Mine's vertically polarised.

It's one of the reasons I stopped watching live TV.

Damned repeater transmitter, only broadcasting Freeview Lite.
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Old 16-04-2012, 13:32
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That sounds like just what I'm looking for.

Do you have the model number/name?
I have this one, which has the connection described.

Input connectors: RF F-connector for 75 Ohm DAB aerial connection (telescopic aerial supplied).

If you want to treat yourself this one also has the connector.

TBH I think most of the "Pures" (apart from the pocket type) do.
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