All our aerials, are designed and manufactured by us. The main material used is 15mm square aluminium alloy punched and formed on our own presses. Half round elements are used on the UHF aerials with half inch round seam welded tube used for dipoles and three eighth inch butt seamed tube for reflector and director elements on the FM arrays. The Galaxie and Orion ranges have twin mast clamps for greater security.
The aerials are modular within their own ranges, you can order additional items at any time in the future to upgrade the aerial should you need more signal. We maintain frame and element styles and sizes so that repairs are possible regardless of the age of the aerial both these services are provided without additional costs over the standard full arrays apart from carriage charges.
Our masts are steel, 18swg on the 1" diameter 16swg and 14swg on 1.5 inch and 2 inch diameter. We avoid alloy masts mainly because of age hardening which allows the mast to become brittle at the top fixing point and snap, thus allowing the array to fall causing damage to tiles and possibly property or persons below. Steel does not suddenly snap but slowly leans over never severing completely. Where high windloading is involved we use twin or tripple mast techniques for extra security.
Brackets and clamps are sourced from quality suppliers, strength and reliability being our first consideration. For wall bracket fixing we use only heavy duty expansion anchors. The lightweight or plastic plug type are avoided. we are not afraid to climb our masts where necessary to fit the anttenas.
We stock only top quality double screened satellite type cables. Losses on cables account for at least half of reception problems, especially on UHF television frequencies, and these days computers, microwaves, satallites, mobile and cordless phones, alarm systems etc. can all cause interference problems on normal coaxial cables.
We are one of the only companies offering an AM radio aerial. It is in fact an AM/FM whip aerial of the type once popular on cars. We extend the existing coaxial lead which in fact forms part of the aerial's circuitry and fit a clamp to enable mast fixing. This aerial is the only true omnidirectional fixed array and will give limited FM results, as well as improved AM reception.Those products which we do not actually manufacture are supplied only after extensive use by our own installers. Over the last 35 years we have built up a range of products that we have found to be highly effective and long lasting. Items which we have found to either fail or not perform to specification have been discarded in favour of more reliable and effective products. This holds just as true for the most basic coaxial plug as for the most complex distribution amplifier. We believe in using and supplying only the best.
The lightweight rotator we supply can handle most of our FM aerials the support bearing being essential for windloads above 55lbs @100mph and advisable even for the smaller arrays. After purchase each motor is stripped, checked, greased and tested for accuracy before being put into stock. Similarly the support bearings are greased and filed out to accept one and a half inch submasts. Heavy duty rotators are also stocked. Once installed correctly all types should be rotated fully at least once each week. Lack of use is the main cause of failure.
Equipment is stocked for amplification, splitting and diplexing, again high quality and reliability being the paramount consideration. We supply only items we have personally installed many times which have proved effective and reliable on literally tens of thousands of installations all over the U.K. over a period of many years.