Join Date: Oct 2007
My Motorhome: Swift Kontiki 615
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may I suggest that you pay up the £12.50 and subscribe as if you could use the search facility you may well find many other answers to many questions.
Being a full subscriber also means that you can use the Personal Messages and seek responses direct from those who offer advice, there are other advantages but for less than 3.4 pence per day it will probably represent the best expenditure you will ever make for your MH. I joined when I had a problem years ago and got helpful advice within 20 minutes that allowed me to solve the problem - and avoid a 100 mile return trip to the dealer as well as workshop charges.......
Free to air will ONLY work in the UK or perhaps a few km into the rest of Europe, but certainly not very far. So your inbuilt decoder will be unable to detect any UK free to air channels.
So if you ever intend to visit France, more than perhaps 20 km from Calais, then FreeSat will be the only system that will pick up any BBC signals.
Single or twin LNB - not really a major decision IMO as you can only watch one channel at a time, a twin LNB allows you to watch one and record another if you have a suitable decoder and recording system - switchable means that you could switch between 2 satellite inputs, my simple question would be WHY? unless you are determined to follow specific channels at the same time it would be of no value IMO. So I would stick with a single LNB which makes the srt up easier and quicker.
If your Avtex TV can decode satellite signals then free to air is a waste of time - the satellite is available throughout the UK and Northern parts of Europe without much playing around, the only problem will come if the satellite dish cannot "see" the satellite e.g. if you are surrounded by high trees or buildings, in which case the free to air signal may be much stronger - bt it would need adjusting every few miles as the aerials it is transmitted on will differ.
I hope that helps, watching TV can never be guaranteed in Europe, but you stand a good chance with FreeSat and no chance at all with free to air if more than about 20 km inland..... (obviously some may say further but that is a ballpark figure).
Last edited by Penquin; 18-09-2016 at 20:15.