Directional vs Omni directional Mobile TV Aerials

Directional vs Omni directional Mobile TV Aerials

When choosing a TV Aerial for your caravan or motorhome. You need to consider the differences between a directional aerial and an Omni directional aerial and what those differences mean for you.

We have put together this handy guide. This will help you identify the best option for your vehicle and location to give you the best performance possible.

How do Directional and Omni directional Aerials receive the signals?

Omni directional aerials receive all the available signals throughout 360 degrees. They are best suited to applications that require good all round coverage.

Directional aerials have an acceptance angel of around 45- 90 degrees. This means it limits connectivity to that particular area. They are able to reach out further in order to receive a stronger signal. Directional aerials are the best choice when available signals are weak. Directional aerials are also the best option if you have interference problems, reducing interference from other directions.

What options are available for set up and installation?

Because of their 360 degree acceptance angle Omni directional aerials don’t require such a specific location. You can place them anywhere you require. They are compatible with a variety of permanent or non-permanent mounting bases.

A directional aerial is used with non-permanent mounting options. The user would need to align their TV aerial in each location which would be a specific location to the transmitter. We would recommend our TV Finder to assist with the set up and alignment process. 

What are the visual differences between directional and Omni directional Aerials?

Our directional TV aerials have a more traditional aerial shape. To view our range of directional aerials see below.

We offer two Omni directional aerials.
The Omnimax and Gazelle which are both available in grey and white plastics to suit your application and preference. To view our range of Omni directional aerials see below.

In conclusion, what is the best TV aerial for my caravan or motorhome?

That depends, but in most cases we would recommend an Omni directional TV aerial.

Overall, an Omni directional TV aerial is easier and a lower maintenance option. With an Omni directional TV aerial you have the option to permanently install the aerial. This alleviates the set up each time you move to a new location.

However, in some rural locations, or locations with obstructions such as trees your Omni directional TV aerial might struggle to pick up signals. In this situation, you might need to a directional TV aerial. In weak signal areas, using our signal booster Click here may also help to improve your reception.

Our friendly customer services team has a wealth of knowledge. So should you need and assistance from product selection through to product installation or technical support we are always on hand to help.

Omni Directional

Benefits

  • No aligning or fine tuning required
  • Can be fixed on a vehicle roof or temporary mounted to suit your applications
  • If roof fitted, no set up time or storage of the aerial required
  • Unobtrusive, compact aerial design
  • Comes with 12/24V Variable Signal Booster as standard
  • For use in the UK and Europe
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

To consider

  • Professional installation recommended
  • More suited to locations with stronger signals
  • Can be transferred to another vehicle if required

Our Omni Directional product range

Omnimax
Gazelle

Directional

Benefits

  • DIY installation
  • Lower set up cost
  • A range of temporary mounting options available to suit your application.
  • Can be easily transferred to another vehicle if required
  • Can help to overcome interference issues
  • A 12/24V Variable Signal Booster can be added if required
  • For use in the UK and Europe
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

To consider

  • Suited to remote and rural locations or locations with obstructions
  • Consider storage of the aerial when travelling
  • Set up and tuning required in every location

Our Directional product range

9 Element
14 Element
15 Element Triboom
20 Element Log