A brief look at the history of TV aerials

TV aerial technology has developed dramatically from its first invention back in the early 1950s and One Vision TV Aerial Installation Swansea company as well as others are installing and maintaining much more sophisticated aerials that the first ones. They have allowed us to view some incredible world events including sporting fixtures such as the Olympics and numerous royal weddings.

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The first aerial (bunny eared as it was known) was invented in New York by Marvin P Middlemark back in 1953. This was the year that saw the number of television sets being sold sky rocket as the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was broadcast across our screens. Many people wanted to make sure that they didn’t miss catching a glimpse of the Queen during the ceremony. One problem with these early aerials was that they were not technologically sophisticated, and they could be very unreliable. People had to resort to some ingenious methods to improve the signal of their aerials and these included using a coat hanger to boost the signal, tin foil wrapped around the television receiver and even using Christmas decorations to boost the signal and quality of the picture.

It is the advancement in the aerial technology that has allowed us to pick up more television channels and in greater quality of picture. This has worked alongside the technological development sin television sets which also contributes to the picture that you receive and the ways in which your television can be used, with most modern versions now being able to connect directly to your internet through a built in wifi capacity.

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In order to determine what sort of aerial you have coloured bands were used at the base of the aerial to indicate what frequencies that your aerial can pick up with a black band meaning that your aerial should be able to pickup most signal frequencies.

There are essentially three different types of aerials available these are:

Portable – attach to your television and can move around the house as you wish but you can find that the signal is interfered with by other appliances in your house

Attic – these are used where planning restriction may prevent an outdoor aerial being installed but should only be used where there is a strong signal in the local area

Rooftop – these are the most common types of aerial and will give you a good signal and picture quality.

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