TV aerial connector - help needed

TV aerial connector - help needed

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hannahtayler

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3 posts

3 months

Saturday 12th June
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Hi,
I’ve just moved into a new flat (though it’s a super old flat) and currently trying to set everything up.
There is something that looks like a tv aerial coming from the wall, however it has two male ends. No amount of googling has told me what kind of connector I need to connect these two ends to my tv (or even if it is a tv aerial at all!).
It is a very old connector (the woman who rented the place before me lived here forever and the landlord has no idea). It looks quite dead, and most likely won’t work but I just want to identify what it is and test if before going through the hassle of installing a new connection point.
Any ideas you could give me would be gratefully received (even if it’s just- you’re dumb, that’s not a tv aerial 😅).
Picture attached so you can see what I’m talking about

Dracoro

8,007 posts

212 months

Saturday 12th June
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Looks like old cable tv connectors… That or satellite.

robwilk

704 posts

147 months

Saturday 12th June
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It's satellite cable.

Radec

1,330 posts

14 months

Saturday 12th June
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Pretty sure they are Sky+ cables, one for viewing and the other for recording.

Buy a box from Gumtree etc for cheap and have freeview

hannahtayler

Original Poster:

3 posts

3 months

Saturday 12th June
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Thanks everyone that’s super helpful to know, they look so much older than that so I’d never have guessed.
Would they work with a freesat box do you think, or only the company who installed it?

skeggysteve

5,611 posts

184 months

Saturday 12th June
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Yes they will work with a Freesat box.

The Road Crew

3,645 posts

127 months

Saturday 12th June
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skeggysteve said:
Yes they will work with a Freesat box.
If they have something connected at the other end of course!

Mr Pointy

8,448 posts

126 months

Saturday 12th June
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The connector is called an F-type & the cable is twin or shotgun type usually used for connection to a satellite dish like a Sky dish. You can get an adapter from F type to normal TV aerial (properly called a Belling-Lee connector) but it may not help you much depending on what the cable is connected to:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-Screw-Coaxial-Adap...

Before you go much further you need to find out where your cable is fed from - either it's own dish or it may be part of a distribution system for all of the flats. There are two types of Sky connection & the newer Sky Q one won't work with a Freesat box so you need to find out what type of LNB is fitted to the dish - you could ask the previous owner/tenant what they were using to watch TV.

snuffy

7,076 posts

251 months

Saturday 12th June
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Radec said:
Pretty sure they are Sky+ cables, one for viewing and the other for recording.

Buy a box from Gumtree etc for cheap and have freeview
Well, Freesat, not Freeview.


oakdale

1,284 posts

169 months

Saturday 12th June
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Dab radio uses that type of connector as well.

Dogwatch

5,713 posts

189 months

Saturday 12th June
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oakdale said:
Dab radio uses that type of connector as well.
Most likely to be a Sky HD/HD+ box though with that twin cabling. As said it can be used for Freeview or, with an appropriate LNB (signal collector on the dish), a Sky Q box - the cabling is the same.