Notes from My Father’s Diary…

Television in The Home. July 1953. Aerial requirements. The aerial is usually of the dipole type, with a reflector and a special matching feeder cable to connect the aerial to the receiver. Usually a receiver is designed for a feeder having certain electrical characteristics. It is necessary to have the aerial arrangement fixed at a good height, and a suitable place is on the roof of a house. Often this is mounted on the chimney stack.

The aerial should point in the direction of the transmitting station, with the reflector behind the aerial. Its erection is a job for the expert and is not one the amateur should undertake lightly.

As television sets will in time improve, more and more people will get good results from aerials of low efficiency, but in the meantime, it is safe to assume that a television set is no better than its aerial. In some circumstances it can be found that installations close to the transmitter will receive too strong a signal. A way of dealing with this is fix an attenuating device between the aerial feeder and the receiver… Severe interference can often be reduced by changing the position of aerial…

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