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  • 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 […]

  • itvBe

    itvBe Launches on Freeview – 8th Oct at 7pm

    A new itv channel launches on Freeview from 7pm on Freeview 26, Sky 179, Virgin Media 119, Freesat 118 or on ITV Player The night will feature Welcome to ITVBe, a one off celebration of everything on the new channel; a special edition of The Only Way is Essex set in Ibiza; and TOWIE: All Back To Essex, a one off special spin-off. Presenters Peter […]

  • Freeview retune

    Retune your Freeview

    Don’t forget to retune your Freeview TV’s and Set Top Boxes from 2nd September. Here’s a quick clip to remind you how 😉