This guy is a bit picky ..meaning he finds fault with pretty much everything.
Maybe someone should send him a pic of that tree mount dish in Wexford
heres a sample of true dodgyness
Bill Wright is a legend. Yes he is picky, but he is also very good which gives him a right to be. I see plenty worse too. Shall we start our own Rogues Gallery ?
Here's one to kick it off.
'The patented 'Leeside' UHF/DVB-S antenna.
Oddly, in that position the TV aerial may not affect the sat signal much due to dish ofset. The jammed in screwdriver (red handle) to adjust elevation/stop dish rocking is amusing.
P.S. I Think Wright is right and not too picky.
LOL, that is dire!
I notice also, apart from the UHF aerial addition, the dish is making use of what seems to be a Thomson Sky Minidish LNB, and a screwdriver is used in favour of extra bolts to stop the bracket from moving!
That's in a league of its own. The red tape used for the LNB is a real touch of cheapness. it looks like only 1 or 2 of four bolts were used to fasten the bracket to the wall. There's nothing particularly bad in the Drogheda area, beyond using the wrong type aerial for Irish channel reception. But that's because higher standards are needed for getting reception from Kilkeel or Divis. I'll see what I can find.
Could it be any worse? Well yes actually. Notice the lack of any self- amalgamating (or even red insulating) tape around the f connector.
The cheapie C/D contract aerial is correct for Spur Hill, even having correct polarity (horizontal). Unfortunatly Spur Hill is to the SW and the aerial is pointing South with the house shielding the aerial.
I sent this in to Bill Wright recently and he did not get back to me. Maybe he thinks it is a crazy Irish wind-up and not a genuine install! I took this last year, I must swing by there and see if it is still there.
A common one with VHF aerials is taking the advice about keeping the downlead short too literally and having the cable come diagonally from the dipole to the bottom of the mast in a straight line
on a windy day the insulation on the cable splits and rain gets in
Actually looking at it again, as the dish is presumably pointed SE and the aerial is at about 90deg. to the dish, he may just have LOS to Spur Hill. Still very crap though.
One could make an ICDG wiki page out of some of these beautys I suppose and ask Robin to link it
Good idea Spoungey, could be a good educational resource as well as a bloody good laugh!
I now have the camera in the van ready to record dodginess.
In the meantime have a look at these (A mate of Bill Wright's apparently)
My favourite is the last one...A yard closer the transmitter... ROFL
Well if you simply post them with a county location and your "comment" I will ask watty if I can prepare the gallery for the wiki .
That tree mount dish in Wexford is a must but crap aerial installs and mmds installs are also most welcome
Hi Rippy,any idea when southcoast is pulling the plug on us in carrigaline?
Also i want to put the rte aerial in the attic and the southcoast one,will this work do you know?
With UHF the signal in your attic will only be a fraction of what youll get outside. plus some types of roof tile as well as metal objects in your attic (pipes and water tanks) can mess up the signal
Although If youre blessed with particularly strong Southcoast and RTE signals you might get away with it anyway.
In most cases though youre better off with an outside aerial
Hi,just fed up of crappy picture tbh as i see now that both the aerial weather caps are missing from the aerials.
And the water has probably shorted out contacts and ran inside the cable.
Also was using a televes booster and the 5 amp fuse keeps blowing.
is there a way to get replacement weather caps for the goldstar?? i think it is and the rte aerial?
Maybe i should get rippy to give me quote re.sorting out above been a carrigaline man also.
As Ulsterman said, reception inside the attic can vary enormously.
You may or may not get away with it. The only way to know is to give it a go.
Also accurate alignment is impossible without a signal meter. If you have lost your weather caps then yes, you will likely have water in your cables and diplexer. Masthead amp may still be OK. Never heard of a goldstar aerial.
I have been told that Analogue South Coast will continue until 'sometime next year'. How about getting your RTE aerial sorted and FTA satellite?