Travel and Leisure

Choosing your Caravan TV Aerial

Choosing the right outdoor caravan TV aerial is not the same ball-game as purchasing one for your TV at home. Most home antennas are fitted and never moved again.

Mobile TV antennas are very different. Australia has thousands of transmitter towers around the country, however, getting a perfect connection while on the move is not so easy.

Let's have a look at some options for you:

VHS or UHF

Australians towers transmit 2 frequencies – VHS and UHF. VHS frequency is most common in the capital cities and suburbs, but Canberra also transmits VHS through extended range transmitters, but this is not a common theme elsewhere.

For outdoors the best antenna for VHS frequencies need to be larger. Transmitter towers in and around country towns usually use UHF frequencies, which are suitable for a smaller more compact antenna. Though you can buy an antenna that receives both.

Factors to consider

TV is transmitted vertically or horizontally. However, country areas usually transmit vertically as this gives a signal that travels further and has fewer breaks in transmission.

A perfect solution is to buy an Omni-directional mobile TV antenna which means you don't do need to aim the antenna for reception.

Tips for reception

Depending on where you travel can decide what you require. If you go to the same location every year, the local area outlet will know precisely what you need and it becomes a simple one-off purchase.

If you travel around then, this is a different story. Take into consideration that the majority of caravan parks are located on lower ground, near lakes and rivers surrounded by trees for aesthetic purposes, this causes a problem, for these locations a good idea is to buy a booster or an amplifier that can help overcome terrain issues.

Mounting the antenna on a retractable pole is also a useful idea for an extra boost, so bear this in mind for your next holiday.

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