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  • Humax - Freeview and Freesat

    Loss of signal reported with Humax Freesat

    Having spent many years working with all the TV brands, we tend to recommend Humax as the most reliable brand for set top boxes. Humax provide various product options for both Freeview and Freesat services, inclusive of recording and catch-up facilities. That said, in the last week we have received several calls reporting complete loss […]

  • Lost Freeview channels since 17th October?

    Have you lost your freeview channels since 17th Oct? We’re still getting some calls from viewers that have lost Freeview channles after a frequency shuffle on the 17th. If your TV is tuned to one of the following relay transmitters and you haven’t tried a retune, please give it a try… Affected transmitters: Broadhaven Fishguard […]

  • 30 Years In Business

    With today’s remnants of Hurricane Ophelia as a good reminder, this weekend marks the 30th year I’ve been in the aerials business. I can’t say for sure what date I started, but know it was just a couple of months before Michael Fish’s infamous clanger, when the Oct ’87 storm made Sevenoaks into ‘One-Oak’! At […]

  • Ask Dave

    Freeview or Freesat?

    A common question from our customers is ‘which is best, Freeview or Freesat?’  There isn’t a ‘one fits all’ solution.  However, we do suggest you consider the following to help influence your decision: In a nutshell, there are two traditional methods of transmitting TV channels to your property.  Terrestrial TV (commonly referred to as ‘Freeview’) […]

  • Ask Dave

    FREE guest WiFi in holiday accommodation? Know the basics

      If like many holiday let owners, you intend to supply free internet access to guests, there are a few things you need to know before you simply open up your internet to all and sundry. Here’s a quick guide summarising the main points:   Consider where it’s appropriate to have your WiFi ‘Open’ with no security. […]

  • Ask Dave

    5 geeky facts about satellite TV

    1.  There are over 2,500 communication satellites approx. 36,000km above the earth’s surface in a geostationary orbit around the equator, known as the Clarke Belt (named after scientist and sci-fi author, Arthur C. Clarke)   Ref: http://www.satelliteguys.us/xen/attachments/boeing-sat-map-pdf.92055 2 . It takes approx. 0.6 seconds for data to travel from a satellite to your TV screen […]

  • TV signals used to track aircraft as alternative to radar

    [news from bbc.co.uk] Research carried out by the air traffic control provider Nats and its partners suggests that existing TV signals could be used to track aircraft, providing a cheaper alternative to radar. TV signals use different parts of the radio spectrum to radar, but both bounce off solid objects. Using special receivers, researchers said […]

  • Is it good to be wildly disconnected?

    Working in the outdoors with fabulous views of the Pembrokeshire coast is a regular occurrence for the 1a team and so when we were asked to provide WiFi broadband coverage for the Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival in St Davids last weekend, we knew we were in for a treat. The new venue at Celtic […]

  • Santa silliness from 1a Aerials

    We couldn’t leave for the Christmas break without wishing you all a very merry Christmas….in the only way we know how (!)  Here’s what we got up to last weekend.  Thanks again Mr Shine for turning up on time 😉    

  • How to buy a new TV

    It has always been an amusing point of conversation when we tell our customers that our personal TV is in fact a tube TV that we’ve had the pleasure of watching since we bought it, in 2004! Our response to those that ask ‘Why?’ is that we moved to Pembrokeshire to breathe some fresh air. […]

  • Better mobile phone reception??

    EE plans micro-network for UK mobile not-spots (From the bbc news website) The antennas do not require planning permission, unlike the large masts used by mobile operators Continue reading the main story Mobile operator EE is planning to connect 1,500 rural “not-spots”, using small antennas that can be attached to any building. So-called micro-networks eliminate […]

  • Not on the house please!

    Planning or aesthetic requirements sometimes calls for something different. Thankfully, there’s always another way of doing things… Two recent fibreglass satellite dish installations called for something a bit different. One house didn’t have a good line of site to the satellite without an ugly tall pole mounted dish on the chimney.  Another had planning restrictions for […]