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So who takes a Screen with them for camping weekends away with TV function … more to the point in question, what Arial do you use and are they any good ?
Our Camper came with a flat circular thing on the roof which doesn’t seem to work.
The market is flooded with tons of arials, dishes etc – so any recommendation ???


Done a bit of research and found the following:

There are 3 types of aerial directional, omnidirectional and satellite dish.
Pros and Cons of each type:
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Directional
Pros:
• Very strong signal that does not (usually) require amplification.
• Unlikely to get on-screen ghosting.
• Will work in poor reception areas.
• Possibly built in radio aerial.
Cons:
• Needs to be 'aimed' at the transmitter.
• Needs to be twisted to provide the correct signal orientation (Vertical / Horizontal).
• (Usually) Can not be left attached to the caravan while on the move.
• Doesn't require a decoder box.
• You will only get English language broadcasts in the UK.
Examples of:
• Most probably the aerial you have at home (assuming it's roof / gutter / loft mounted)
For orientation instructions see www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe.
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Omnidirectional
Pros:
• Can be left permanently attached to the caravan.
• Never needs to be aimed.
• Built in Radio aerial.
Cons:
• Poor signal (always needs amplification).
• Requires a good strong signal to produce a good image.
• Suffers from ghosting.
• Will only work satisfactorily in a 'good' reception area.
• Doesn't require a decoder box
• You will only get English language broadcasts in the UK.
Examples of:
• Status which looks like a (small) flying saucer. It might have a radio aerial mounted from it's centre.
• Omnimax, which looks like an arrangement of wires formed around a large jam jar.
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Digital Satellite Dishes
Pros:
• You can use the same aerial / TV almost anywhere in Europe to pick up English language broadcasts.
Cons:
• Requires a decoder box and a decryption card to work. ('Free to air' programs can be picked up with a free decryption card.
• Can take a long time to set up and to aim at the correct geostationary satellite.
• Taking your home decoder box might break your digital satellite agreement.
Examples of:
The standard Sky dish as (normally) bolted to a wall near you.
If you have a digital setup at home, then it may be possible, after your 1st year with Sky, which requires you to have your decoder attached to a phone line, to take your decoder with you and to use a second hand dish.
 

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middle one with amplifier. i've never had any problems getting a picture with it sometime you may not get all the channels but that's down to location rather than quality of aerial.

as for a directional one you'll not be wanting to carry one that's big enough to get good signal so you'd need an amp any way!

omni doofer like what's on it but a new one!
 
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