Reception Issues - Advice please!
Boys and Girls
I moved into a new house over 3 years ago and thought 'I'll sort out the tv ariel myself'! So I bought the biggest ariel from Homebase, and installed it in the attic. I bought a booster/splitter also and installed the 3 ariel leads that had been wired in the house to the splitter box. Job done.
A few months down the line, it became apparent that the reception wasn't very good - signal strength was down and got a lot of noise and cutting in and out whilst watching the majority of channels.
So I paid for some chap to come and sort it out. He did the usual 'oohh that's not a very good ariel, you need one of these'. We talked about putting it inside or outside and he suggested that inside would be fine. Due to cost, and the fact I'd already spent £100 plus on doing a rubbish job myself, he installed a new ariel in the attic. All seemed fine.
That was some time ago (over a year) and now, once again I'm getting poor signal strength. The TVs in built freeview systems suggest the quality of signal is excellent but the strength is not. There appears to be no correlation with other electrical appliances (i.e. when the washing machine is on, it's makes no difference). It's ruining my viewing pleasure. Last night I went up in the attic fiddled around and as a last resort, based on no knowledge whatsoever, decided to rap sheets of tin foil around the end of the ariel in an attempt to try and focus any signal!!
Surprise, surprise, it makes no difference!
So now I don't know what to do! Would spending x on a super dooper booster/splitter box improve things, or should I just admit defeat, learn my lesson and get someone out again - at yet more cost - to install (what will be inevitably the third ariel) on the outside of the house!
Does anyone have any other advice to improve picture??
I'm at my wits end - so any help would be very much appreciated!