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Old 13-05-2009, 22:39
Hifichoice
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I need help with getting the right cable and connectors. I have replaced my broken FM hi-fi tuner with a DAB/FM tuner. Unpacking the tuner, I have found that I can not use a standard aerial cable (as used for TV) as the tuner side uses a screw-on connection similar as for satellite. I used to use my old FM tuner with my secondary TV socket. I need to buy a new cable and have decided to use the dedicated DAB/FM socket on the Triplex wall plate installed in my new build flat. The plate has also TV (which I use for my TV) and satellite connections.

However, the DAB/FM connection on the wall plate seems have a non-standard connection. I have a link showing the type of wallplate.

http://shop.satelliteonline.co.uk/tr...ates-130-p.asp


Though there a hole in the centre of the socket for a plug-like connector to be inserted, the surrounding area has no gap but a smooth black metal obstructive surface which prevents plugs from being screwed in. This is why I have used the previous tuner with my other separate TV aerial socket instead until now.

I have checked this forum and other sites but can get no guidance on the type of lead I need to get from stores like Maplins, especially the connector needed for the wall plate. Thanks.
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Old 13-05-2009, 22:51
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Go to MAplins...they'll help!
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Old 13-05-2009, 23:27
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Just chop the end off and fix a standard TV plug on the end.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=223589
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Old 13-05-2009, 23:39
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so you need a satellite male type connection on your DAB radio side and a male coaxial on your wall socket.

I actually have such cable (male F-type to male coaxial) to pick up analogue Virgin straight to the TV but this was supplied by virgin and can't seem to find it online, the closest I can see is this and then simple attach a male to male coupler into your wall and plug the new cable into that.
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Old 13-05-2009, 23:54
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Ahh well there is the problem

Maplins was a fictional Holiday camp created for a popular TV comedy programme many years ago. Now if you went to Maplin on the other hand and asked them to exchange a fiver for a QQ74R (plus a penny) then you would be a bit more successful perhaps

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=29533
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Old 14-05-2009, 11:40
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On the same subject, so perhaps use to someone here...

I got a new FM/DAB seperates tuner a while back myself (Sony SDB900), and found that after getting the relevant F-connector to co-ax lead, my reception was pretty patchy through my existing Freeview/wideband aerial.

Rather reluctant to get yet another replacement aerial mounted on the roof, I ended up taking a pot-shot at one of these and it's really doing the business:

Pure telescopic 8-section aerial
http://www.pureservicecentre.co.uk/a...e_Aerials.html
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Old 14-05-2009, 12:25
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I got a new FM/DAB seperates tuner a while back myself (Sony SDB900), and found that after getting the relevant F-connector to co-ax lead, my reception was pretty patchy through my existing Freeview/wideband aerial.
Patchy! I'm suprised you picked up much at all!

If you did install a proper FM/DAB aerial on the roof, you'd notice an ever bigger difference over that telescopic aerial you've got.
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Old 14-05-2009, 12:25
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On the same subject, so perhaps use to someone here...

I got a new FM/DAB seperates tuner a while back myself (Sony SDB900), and found that after getting the relevant F-connector to co-ax lead, my reception was pretty patchy through my existing Freeview/wideband aerial.

Rather reluctant to get yet another replacement aerial mounted on the roof, I ended up taking a pot-shot at one of these and it's really doing the business:

Pure telescopic 8-section aerial
http://www.pureservicecentre.co.uk/a...e_Aerials.html
Yes, that's because Freeview uses the same frequencies as analogue TV (Bands 4 and 5) but not DAB (Band 3). In strong reception areas, you can sometimes get away with using a UHF aerial for DAB but in moderate to weak areas, you'll need a separate Band 3 Yagi.
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Old 14-05-2009, 14:11
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Patchy! I'm suprised you picked up much at all!

If you did install a proper FM/DAB aerial on the roof, you'd notice an ever bigger difference over that telescopic aerial you've got.
I must admit, I didn't know the technicalities re. FM/DAB and Freeview aerials - useful to know.

I'll re-look into it at some point, although I get everything listed for my area as it is with the telescopic one.
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Old 14-05-2009, 19:28
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Ahh well there is the problem

Maplins was a fictional Holiday camp created for a popular TV comedy programme many years ago. Now if you went to Maplin on the other hand and asked them to exchange a fiver for a QQ74R (plus a penny) then you would be a bit more successful perhaps

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=29533
Yes I use one of these for my Sony XDR-F1HD tuner as it has an F-socket input. Works fine.
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Old 15-05-2009, 15:23
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Thanks for the advice (let's not quibble about the "s" in Maplin or not). However I tried the a TV type male connector in the slot. If you see the photo from the website I posted, the DAB/FM connection has dark shading where there is a metal plate sorrounding the hole in the middle. If you look at a standard TV input, there is a space. I can't get a male TV type plug into this wall connection because of this. I tried all this before searching the web and then posting the question on this forum earlier this week.
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Old 15-05-2009, 15:48
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Thanks for the advice (let's not quibble about the "s" in Maplin or not). However I tried the a TV type male connector in the slot. If you see the photo from the website I posted, the DAB/FM connection has dark shading where there is a metal plate sorrounding the hole in the middle. If you look at a standard TV input, there is a space. I can't get a male TV type plug into this wall connection because of this. I tried all this before searching the web and then posting the question on this forum earlier this week.
If you look at the back of a video recorder you will see the same 2 sockets a lot of RF video to TV cables have plugs that fit the hollow centre one end and a pin the other you can also get adapters that convert from one to the other from Maplins or Wilkinsons
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