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EId
3
Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
4
Joint
Stereo
3
Joint
St. LSF
3
Mono
3
Mono
LSF
3
Dual
Channel
3
Packet
Data
3
Stream
Data
3
Stereo
AAC
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3
Mono
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Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

Remember Gravity and work safely at heights

Gravity can kill! If you install an outdoor antenna yourself, remember to work safely. Better still, get an experienced professional to do it for you. A well-installed aerial should last for years and could save you money in the long run. In the UK, a local reputable rigger can be found from the website of the industry body, the Confederation of Aerial Industries.

CAI logo

During this period of digital switch-over, aerial riggers are busy and there are rich pickings for cowboys. Beware of advertisements that use the CAI logo. The trader may not actually be a member. Refer to the CAI website first to find a local member. The CAI even maintains a register of rogue traders known to be using their logo without permission. One of the best ways to pick an installer is to check the outdoor aerials on neighbouring properties. You yourself will be able to tell the difference between a neat professional installation and shoddy work. Ask your neighbours who installed theirs.

The laws of physics!

image of antenna

The laws of physics don't change just because it's "digital". Whether you're receiving HD Radio or ATSC, indoors or outdoors, the only way to ensure good reliable reception is to feed your receiver with a good signal. If you're using a small portable receiver with a telescopic antenna, then your options are limited. You'll need to find the position in your home that produces the strongest signal. Your home is a breeding ground for clicks and splats. Most refrigerators, freezers, airconditioning units, water heaters, washing machines, etc. can produce substantial amounts of radio interference as they switch themselves on an off. But if you have a receiver with a socket for an antenna, then resist the temptation to connect it to a wire coat hanger and get yourself a good outdoor antenna. Not only will you find a stronger signal up there, but it will be further away from the sources of all those nasty "splats".

DAB thumbnail   DAB
("original flavour")
DAB+ thumbnail   DAB+
DMB thumbnail   DMB Radio
(aka DMB-A)

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
Antennae for DAB/DAB+/DMB




advice thumbnail Let's make one thing perfectly clear before we go any further:-
There is no such thing as a digital aerial. An aerial, or antenna, is designed to work over a range of radio frequencies, and it doesn't matter one bit (get it?) whether the signal on that frequency is digital or analogue. A "DAB aerial", so-called, is quite simply one which works best at frequencies between 174 MHz and 240 MHz, or as it is known "Band III". Outwith that range, you will probably find the aerial has less gain and its directional properties will be unpredictable. Some aerials may be more finely tuned and be optimised for a narrower range of frequencies. For example, it would be possible to construct an antenna whose peak performance lay between 218 MHz and 230 MHz (the frequencies currently in use in the UK). But there's nothing specifically digital about that. It's the MHz that matter.


3H-Antennen

3H-VHF-9
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image of receiver 9-element Band III antenna
7-10 dB forward gain across band
Length 154cm, Width 85cm
NB: Should be mounted vertically for DAB reception, requiring a bracket that is not included with the antenna.
Deutschland
(Angabe) €29,95
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3H-VHF-13
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image of receiver 13-element Band III antenna
8-12 dB forward gain across band
Length 208cm, Width 92cm
NB: Should be mounted vertically for DAB reception, requiring a bracket that is not included with the antenna.
Deutschland
(Angabe) €34,95
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3H-VHF-12-LOG
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image of receiver 13-element Band III log-periodic antenna
7.5-8.5 dB forward gain across band
Length 69cm, Width 85cm
The log periodic tends to provide a more even response across a wider band than the yagi. This can be a useful feature in territories such as Germany where transmission frequencies range from Block 5C to Block 12D. In territories such as the United Kingdom, where a narrower range of frequencies is the norm (currently Block 10A to Block 12D), a yagi will usually provide more useful gain for the same weight of metal.
NB: Should be mounted vertically for DAB reception. No additional bracket required.
Deutschland
(Angabe) €19,95
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3H-DAB-FM
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image of receiver Omnidirectional FM antenna coupled with Band III dipole for DAB/DAB+
7.5-8.5 dB forward gain across band
In many urban situations, DAB signals can arrive from more than one transmitter site, making the omnidirectional characteristics of this type of antenna more useful than the forward gain of a yagi.
Deutschland
(Angabe) €34,95
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Antiference
A British company that proudly boasts of existing almost as long as there have been transmitters at Alexandra Palace.


Antiference DAB Omni Dipole
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Antiference DAB 4-element
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August

August DTA218
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image of receiver Antenne portative 20dB avec embase magnétique pour la TNT et la radio numérique Deutschland
(Angabe) € 3,95
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España
(Guide) €6,25
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France
(Guide) €8,49
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Italia
(Indicazione) €9,75
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United Kingdom
(Guide) £5.00
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August DTA205
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image of receiver Mini portative 18dB à 5 segments extensibles et à embase magnétique pour la TNT et la radio numérique Deutschland
(Angabe) € 3,95
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France
(Guide) €4,99
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Italia
(Indicazione) €5,75
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United Kingdom
(Guide) £4.75
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Blake
A British company formed in 1971 and based in Sheffield.


Blake DAB omni
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image of receiver 175 .. 230 MHz
Because of the way that DAB works, signals arriving from more than one transmitter from more than one direction act constructively on reception rather than destructively. In many situations, particularly in towns and cities, this antenna will suffice.

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Blake DAB 3-element
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image of receiver 175 .. 230 MHz United Kingdom sponsored link
   


Electrovision

Electrovision 5-element DAB
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image of receiver 5-element Band III antenna
Waterproof connection box
F-connector
Ireland
Deutschland
France
United Kingdom
(Guide) £12.33
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Hama
Founded in 1945 and based in Monheim, Bayern, Hama has a prolific range of photographic and electronic accessories.


Hama Freeview and DAB Antenna
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image of receiver A simple omnidirectional ROD aerial for TV & Freeview and DAB.Frequency range: B III (174 - 230 MHz) and B IV (470 - 862 MHz).Supplied with 1m connection cable with coaxial plug. Ireland sponsored link
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Iskra TELA
Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Iskra DAB-FM
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image of receiver Designed to cover the FM band (Band II) and the DAB band (Band III) simultaneously
FM reception horizontal polarisation
DAB reception vertical polarisation
F-connector
Fits masts 20-62mm diameter
   
   
   
   

Iskra DAB-1
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image of receiver For use in strong to moderate signal areas
F-connector
Fits masts 20-62mm diameter
   
   
   
   

Iskra DAB-3
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image of receiver For use in moderate signal areas
F-connector
Fits masts 20-62mm diameter
   
   
   
   

Iskra DAB-5
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image of receiver For use in marginal signal areas
F-connector
Fits masts 20-62mm diameter
   
   
   
   


Kinetic



Kinetic Magnetic Antenna
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image of receiver A simple omnidirectional ROD aerial for TV & Freeview and DAB.Frequency range: B III (174 - 230 MHz) and B IV (470 - 862 MHz).Supplied with 1m connection cable with coaxial plug. Ireland sponsored link
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Kjaerulff1



Kjaerulff1 Maximum VHF6 Antenne
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image of receiver 6 element Band III antenna, suitable for DAB or DVB-T on those frequencies. Ireland
Deutschland
(Angabe) €23,98
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France
(Guide) €40,70
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United Kingdom


Philex
Based in Bedford in the UK and with its own manufacturing and logistics facilities in China.


Philex 27741R
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image of receiver Free standing indoor DAB antenna
For use in moderate to strong signal areas only
Supplied with integrated cable with F-Type plug
Deutschland
(Angabe) € 26,44
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España
(Guide) €24,49
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France
(Guide) €22,69
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Italia
(Indicazione) €19,23
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United Kingdom
(Guide) £16.69
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Philex 27742R
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image of receiver Free standing indoor DAB antenna
In-line amplifier provides good signal level for weak areas
3m cable allows radio to be positioned anywhere in the room whilst locating the aerial for best reception
Supplied with short F-Type Cable and Power Supply
Deutschland  
France
(UK Import)
(Guide) €26.55
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España
(Guide) €28,35
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United Kingdom
(Guide) £19.99
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Televes
Spanish company based in Santiago de Compostela and founded in 1958, the year that Spanish TV broadcasts began.


Televes 1050
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image of receiver 3-element DAB antenna
Optimised for 190 - 232 MHz


España
(Guide) €53,04
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TGN
TGN Technology is a designer and manufacturer of products for the reception of terrestrial and satellite signals.


TGN ULNA 3013
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image of receiver VHF Preamplifier
Optimised for 170 - 240 MHz


United Kingdom
   


Triax
A subsidiary of Danish company Nielsen & Nielsen Holding A/S. The group also owns the Hirschmann and Wolsey brands.

UK Website: www.triax.co.uk
Deutschland: www.triax-gmbh.de

Triax DAB omni
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image of antenna Single-element omnidirectional DAB antenna
Optimised for 217-240MHz

Because of the way that DAB works, signals arriving from more than one transmitter from more than one direction act constructively on reception rather than destructively. In many situations, particularly in towns and cities, this antenna will suffice.

Download the Product Guide from the Triax website.
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Triax DAB 5-element
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image of antenna 5-element DAB antenna
Optimised for 217-240MHz

If you are in a marginal signal area, for example on the edge of the area covered, you may need more gain to acquire a workable signal. Alternatively, if you are in a good signal area for your local multiplex, but discover that you have marginal reception of a neighbouring area's multiplex, you could improve the distant signal by directing this antenna towards it and probably still receive an acceptable local signal.

Download the Product Guide from the Triax website.
   
Schweiz/Suisse
(Angabe) CHF 58,97
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United Kindom
(Guide) £33.99
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Watson
Manufacturing a huge range of HF, VHF and UHF antennae, sold by Waters & Stanton.

Watson DAB-OMNI
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image of antenna Frequency 175 - 230MHz
Folded dipole - Gain 0.0dB
Impedance 75 Ohms
Connector screw terminal
Internal balun
Weight 400g (with clamp)
Mast size up to 50mm

Because of the way that DAB works, signals arriving from more than one transmitter from more than one direction act constructively on reception rather than destructively. In many situations, particularly in towns and cities, this antenna will suffice.

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Watson DAB-DIR-3
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image of antenna Frequency 175 - 230MHz
Yagi beam - 3 elements
Gain 5dBd
Impedance 75 Ohms
Boom length 51cm
Max element length 88cm
Connector screw terminal
Internal balun
Weight 700g (with clamp)
Mast size up to 50mm

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Watson DAB-DIR-5
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image of antenna Frequency 175 - 230MHz - Yagi beam
5 elements - Gain 5.25dBd
Impedance 75 Ohms
Boom length 124cm
Max element length 90cm
Connector screw terminals
Weight 900g (with clamp)
Mast size (upto 50mm)

If you are in a marginal signal area, for example on the edge of the area covered, you may need more gain to acquire a workable signal. Alternatively, if you are in a good signal area for your local multiplex, but discover that you have marginal reception of a neighbouring area's multiplex, you could improve the distant signal by directing this antenna towards it and probably still receive an acceptable local signal.

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Watson WSM-138
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image of antenna Adjustable 138 - 470MHz
Gain - unity
Micro magnetic 29mm base
Element max length 0.55m
A compact magnetic mount that is ideal for both commercial and amateur radio use.
The removable whip element can be cut to any frequency between 138MHz and 470MHz.
A cutting chart and Allen key is included.
Fitted 2.75m mini coax cable terminated in BNC plug.
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Wittenberg
Based in Bockenem am Harz, Wittenberg has been producing and selling antennae and their accessories for over 30 years.

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Wittenberg LAT54
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image of antenna Log-periodic antenna covering GSM 900/1800, DAB L-band and UMTS bands
Impedance 50 Ohms
FME Connector
includes 10m RG58 cable
562 mm length

Deutschland
(Angabe) € 59,95
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Deutschland
(Angabe) € 45,00
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España
(Guide) €53,04
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France
(Guide) €67,22
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Italia
(Indicazione) €56,87
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United Kindom
(Guide) £54.99
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Wittenberg Multiband
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image of antenna FM, DAB (Band III) and DVB-T antenna
Cable connector 75 ohm
Mast size up to 50mm

Deutschland
(Angabe) € 26,90
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Wittenberg WB301
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image of antenna 174 - 240 MHz


Deutschland
(Angabe) € 29,95
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Deutschland
(Angabe) € 18,07
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Wittenberg WB305
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image of antenna 174 - 240 MHz
Forward gain 8dB
F-connector
Mast size up to 50mm

Deutschland
(Angabe) € 39,95
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Deutschland
(Angabe) € 39,95
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Sverige
(Guide) SEK 399
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I'd be grateful to receive information about other antennae.


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