12v TV on boat without external aerial - will it work?

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Good morning,

As I have taken the plunge and committed to 2 weeks on the boat this summer, thought some form of TV a good idea.

We only have a small (26') boat so am thinking an 8-10 inch freeview TV. Don't really want to get an external aerial and have no radar arch to mount one. Does anyone have experience of these c.£100 units using their own aerial?

A Maplins one has been mentioned here and seems a good buy. I would like to be able to watch it on deck and down below.

Any thoughts appreciated

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To have a tv on board for the kids or her/him wmbo is acceptable but to admit its for you ....your a brave man.... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
 

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I know they are more expensive, but have a look at an Avtex - they have UK/French tuners, 17 lcd screen, inbuilt dvd and fm radio, plus you can use them as a vga computer screen. I think they about £350-odd.
There are a few small screen TV's around such as the ones from Maplins, which aren't bad value (lloytron or Roadstar for example).
You will need an aerial if you want decent reception.
Bestaluck!
 

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Of course,I would rather chat or play chess but occassionally SWMBO just insists on a telly. I'm sure that she would rather buy some scatter cushions or something

I have a portable DVD (for the kids, honest) but TV has to be on the list.

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Adam
 

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I bought a cheap tv and decided to try it when the son (honest) wanted to watch Dr Who whilst at anchor in Newtown Creek.

I rigged it up with a telescopic radio aerial so was not expecting much but it did its own setup and found all five channels and was amazed at the picture quality. Ch5 was poor.

We let him watch that and then played games - it worked out very well.

Give it a go. Hope it works for you to.
 

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I had a 19" flat panel TV and a small inverter. It worked very well onboard. Especially when connected to a portable TV aerial with built in amp!

I also bought a minature (about 3" by 4" by 1") digital freeview box, which hung directly from the scart on the TV. Also powered from the inverter as it needed minimal power.

If you want TV anywhere, Lidl have been selling full portable satellite TV system, complete with dish and everything, for £59.00!

If you want any more info please PM me.

Garry
 

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[/ QUOTE ] I bought a cheap tv and decided to try it when the son (honest) wanted to watch Dr Who whilst at anchor in Newtown Creek.

I rigged it up with a telescopic radio aerial so was not expecting much but it did its own setup and found all five channels and was amazed at the picture quality. Ch5 was poor. [ QUOTE ]


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You were only a few miles from the IOW Rowridge Transmitter!!
 

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I bought three sets on Wednesday, one for me and a couple for other friends, perhaps it was a one day special. It may be worth giving them a call on Monday and see if they have any in local stores near you. I know it was incredibly cheap (with a 3 year warranty as well), that's why I bought them!

Garry
 

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[/ QUOTE ] I bought a cheap tv and decided to try it when the son (honest) wanted to watch Dr Who whilst at anchor in Newtown Creek.

I rigged it up with a telescopic radio aerial so was not expecting much but it did its own setup and found all five channels and was amazed at the picture quality. Ch5 was poor. [ QUOTE ]


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You were only a few miles from the IOW Rowridge Transmitter!!

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No wonder it was so good /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
 
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As others have said I think it'll depend on where you are. We've got one of the 10" 12v portables from Maplin with both analogue and digital tuners built-in; in Gosport we got a great picture even on digital using the aerial supplied with the tv; in Brighton, absolutely nothing, not even analogue. The advice about a dvd player is spot on...

Cheers
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[ QUOTE ]
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[/ QUOTE ] I bought a cheap tv and decided to try it when the son (honest) wanted to watch Dr Who whilst at anchor in Newtown Creek.

I rigged it up with a telescopic radio aerial so was not expecting much but it did its own setup and found all five channels and was amazed at the picture quality. Ch5 was poor. [ QUOTE ]


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You were only a few miles from the IOW Rowridge Transmitter!!

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No one can get Channel 5 on the IW without digibox or satellite. Apparently the signal interferes with frog TV so they don't send it down here.
 

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A test last week on our boat proved that our set top aerial had to be outside on the cabin roof to receive a digital signal.Inside the cabin the set was unable to detect any usable signal.
 
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