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how to get better wifi around the house

A weak WiFi signal that doesn’t reach every part of the house is not what we sign up for when we take put a Broadband contract.  Yet many of us put up with sub-par coverage. You know how it is. Either the Wi-Fi signal reaches every room but to the one, you really want it in or the kids and their mates are at home all connected and the signal on your phone disappears in to the abyss. Fear not.  There is no need to suffer as there are ways of boosting your signal using the latest technology which will make a significant difference in your home.

Firstly, it’s always best to make sure you’re getting the most from your existing setup.

  • Where is your router?
    Location is important. Keep it away from water (e.g. fish tanks), microwaves, cordless phones, windows, thick walls etc. as these can interfere with the signal. The best place is usually a central location in your home.  If you have a dead spot try moving it to the area of poor signal.
  • Set a good password!
    Avoid obvious passwords as you don’t want neighbours or passers-by leeching off your network.
  • Turn it off and on again!
    Turning the router off and leaving it for a minute before turning it back on can reset the router, the channel selection and signal which can fix slow connection issues like being stuck on a busy WiFi channel. Don’t do this too frequently as it can cause issues with your provider.
  • Is your Broadband fast enough?
    ‘Standard ‘ Broadband might not be suitable for large households.  Consider fibre, if available, as its cost is just a little extra.  Some providers (Virgin and BT) provide app downloads so you can test signal strength room to room and detect ‘dead’ spots

If you’ve tried all the above and still have issues then have a look at the options shown below.

WiFi Connectivity

Your options for improving WiFi signal around the house.

AB Aerials have recently introduced a range of Access Points (AP) that creates a wireless local area network (WLAN) either to a “dead spot” or around the house and even in to the garden and beyond!! For example, if you want to enable Wi-Fi access in your recently converted cellar but don’t have a router within range, you can install an access point in the cellar and run an Ethernet cable back to the router. A bespoke WLAN can be set up to be run independently from your existing Wi-Fi or in conjunction with it.

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What’s the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and an AP?

What’s the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and an AP I hear you ask? As its name implies, a range extender lengthens the reach of an existing Wi-Fi network. Since range extenders connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi routers, they must be placed where the Wi-Fi router’s signal is already strong, not in the location of the actual dead spot.

There are significant advantages of installing an AP. When you have swarms of family and friends all visiting at once connecting with tablets and mobile phones.  Twenty devices on a wireless network adds up quickly. At 60 simultaneous connections each, access points give you the freedom to scale the number of devices supported on your network. But that’s only one of the advantages of using these network enhancers—consider these points:

  • Business-grade access points can be installed anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Models that AB Aerials employ are also compatible with Power over Ethernet Plus, or PoE+ (a combination Ethernet and power cord), so there is no need to run a separate power line or install an outlet near the access point.
  • Additional standard features include Captive Portal and Access Control List (ACL) support, so you can limit guest access without compromising network security, as well as easily manage users within your Wi-Fi network.
  • Select access points include a Clustering feature—a single point from which the IT administrator can view, deploy, configure, and secure a Wi-Fi network as a single entity rather than a series of separate access point configurations.

Which products are best for solving my WiFi issues?

There are a range of products and functionalities that can be tailored to suit customer requirements.  AP’s can be categorised in to three main products

  • In wall access points – which provide a separate WLAN or combined WLAN and data access point

  • Ceiling access points – which provide Wi-Fi (flooding) throughout the property

  • Bridges  – which can provide Wi-Fi from building to building both point to point and point to multi point

WiFi CAN reach every room in your house!

Technology is reaching a point where decent Wi-fi signals can be had in every room of the house as long as the ethernet cable run from the router to the AP is do-able. Multiple devices can be added to the network without loss of signal/drop out to individual rooms or the whole property or even the man shed at the bottom of the garden.

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What’s that you say? TV for free? Seems an incredulous statement, but in a way its true so read on.

Here at AB Aerials we fit a lot of aerials, satellite dishes and additional TV points around properties (amongst many other products and services) and at the last count, for the year 2018-2019,  338 lucky customers have benefitted from having a quality installation along with a great customer experience. You don’t have to take my word for it as there are a ton of written and video testimonials and reviews to view on the website too.

How much does an aerial installation cost and what is the price compared to satellite TV?

One of the overriding reasons why people are choosing TV aerial and satellite installations over subscription TV is cost. Plain and simple. Well, how cheap is cheap?  Firstly, customers, being a fickle lot, don’t want just cheap thrown in to the equation, they want quality too, that is why we here at AB Aerials only use industry approved materials and all installations are carried out by experienced City & Guilds qualified technicians. Secondly, we offer a great after sales service e.g. for those who struggle with technology and need a walk through the maze of buttons and drop down menus.  And finally, the bottom line that is the money. If a customer lives in a decent signal area a standard aerial supplied and fitted to serve one room is £120 and additional rooms are £40 each. Satellite dish installations start at £135.

Not quite sure how to put this but previously the demographic for customers watching traditional methods of TV, i.e. through an aerial or dish, were, let’s say, more life experienced and their viewing habits were less demanding. But what I’m finding now is that younger people too are now opting for and aerial or dish in favour of subscription TV and in addition are going for the less expensive options of SMART TV’s and devices where apps provide additional variation and choice.

So how can you get TV for free?

It seems that the cross customers have to bear with subscription TV is that monthly prices mysteriously increase with little or no explanation.  When I subscribed to a well known cable TV company I had notification stating my bill was going up by £5 a month because they added an additional cooking channel. Well I couldn’t have been happier (not) so I promptly withdrew my patronage.  Having a TV aerial or satellite dish to watch Freeview and Freesat respectively means that after the initial payment of the installation no more money is taken from your account, hence the “Free” element to Freeview and Freesat.

AB Aerials recommendations.

What AB Aerials recommend is to install a TV aerial or satellite dish to compliment a decent (SMART) TV coupled with a recording device. By doing this a customer has all the functionally offered by subscription TV i.e. recording, pausing, fast forwarding and reversing etc, but no ongoing monthly payments to satellite and cable TV providers. The whole investment pays for itself in three or four months and from there on in its free!!!

Technology is constantly changing which means the way we watch TV changes too.  But we are living in the moment and have to make decisions which best suit us, satisfying our need for entertainment and education balanced with that of the cost to provide us with these needs and wants. On line streaming and subscription TV can be expensive so it may be prudent to have a look at the more traditional methods of watching TV thus saving those all important pennies.

Further reading and links.

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The importance of customer service for our installation service.

Has a tradesman, shop or on line outlet ever left you seething? Chances are bad customer service was the cause. A rage-inducing experience can make us swear to never spend money with that third party again whilst excellence examples can secure customers for life!!

Customer’s have changing expectations and are more discerning about where customer service can add value. We may not be terribly focused on casual conversation and interaction but we are looking for customer service that helps fulfil our needs. For example last week a potential customer enquired in to the reasons for the poor quality of picture on his recently purchased behemoth 65” OLED TV. He suggested that a new aerial might help. I told him it wasn’t the signal that was the issue just that standard definition on a big screen is rubbish – something that John Lewis or Currys don’t generally mention.

Although there was no real resolution to his initial enquiry (excuse the pun) he was joyous to the point of giving me a 5* review on Google as I’d been open and honest and hadn’t ripped him off by installing some expensive piece of apparatus that wouldn’t have corrected the problem.

A certain Dr. Bray (who he??) of Bournemouth University has carried out a study in customer behaviour and stated that “only 45% of customers are willing to pay more for a better customer service” and this is because there is an expectation that all businesses should meet a basic level of service(WHICH ? consumer magazine September 2019).

Additionally, the erudite Dr. Bray highlighted that customers are likely to warn others about their experiences – 75% would share a positive experience and 83% a negative one.

Modern technology and customer service.

There’s no denying that technology has caused a shift in the way we think about customer service. Social media means that negative sentiments can be made public and spread rapidly which I have found out to my cost when a woman on Facebook gave me 1* star review for not getting back to her as quick as I said I would. No offer of discounts or apologies could make her remove her comments!! Lesson learnt the hard way I suppose and if service drops below a certain level customers will start looking elsewhere and make sure everybody else knows about it too!!

When I’m shopping around for products and services I’m looking for value for money, which is in cake terms “worth the calories”.

Money well spent is the whole package including what you’re actually offering as a product as well the services.

This includes the initial contact experience of a web page landing or a personal phone call, to turning up on time, clearing up after yourself and making sure everything works prior to leaving. The standard of the service should not change for any customer. The only variable should be the different price of products.

The whole process must be seen in terms of the customer. Lack of knowledge is vulnerability which is often exploited by the unscrupulous. A friendly tone and helpful guiding hand on how to tune a television or how to playback recordings on a CCTV recorder cost nothing but are priceless to a customer lacking in confidence.

At AB Aerials we gain customers attention and confidence by offering no charge incentives such as:

  • No vat charge
  • 2 year guarantees
  • Free call outs for surveys and diagnostics
  • After sales service
  • Phone lines open until 10pm and answered straight away

Customer’s trust needs to be gained and the ability not to be disingenuous is upmost which is why I’d always advise to check out the business in question, e.g. look at all the reviews, testimonials, experiences, qualifications etc, which help to cut through the host of questionable special offers and suspicious discounts. The focus is on helping the customer through the process with the end goal being a satisfactory outcome which includes something that works, looks good and is on budget!!!

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Bird spike installation in Sheffield.

There is a very true idiom stating that nothing is to be gained from “dumping” on your own doorstep both metaphorically and literally (err…!!). In terms of our avian friends, the latter can cause issues particularly relating to their quite natural “biological business” causing an unsightly mess, damage to property and vehicles as well as slippery surfaces that the Health & Safety Executive would have a field day in examining the relevant risk assessment.

Here at AB Aerials we love birds. We wonder at their beautiful plumage. We are entranced by the harmonies of bird song and are besotted by the eeriness of murmurations (a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above).

One thing we don’t pay homage to our bird’s uncanny ability to perch on TV aerials and release their recently digested meal on our cars, patios and if you’re really unlucky (or lucky depending on your disposition) our heads.

The effects of the of bird poo related assaults even shut down Rome for a while. It can be said that Rome wasn’t cleaned in a day!

 

It’s a dirty job, but…

Another great idiom of our time (not) is “it’s a dirty job but somebody has got to do it” and at AB Aerials we have robustly taken on that responsibility of deterring the perching and pooping of our feathered friends. The deterrent is the operative word here too. We don’t want to harm birds at all we just want to prevent them from landing, nesting and leaving droppings on your nearest and dearest object d’art or Grandparent.

What we do here at the animal-loving world of AB Aerials is install spikes that are made from high quality UV stabilised polycarbonate plastic which are both Eco Friendly and has no effect on the performance of the aerial or satellite dish so you’re free to ponder the profundity of Eastenders whilst secure in the knowledge you’re not going heads up next time you walk across the patio to hang the washing out.

 

The added benefits of bird spikes.

Bird spikes can be a revelation in reducing regular car and window washes. The bonus is that they are relatively cheap to install too.

The cost is around £65 to dismantle the aerial/satellite dish, install the spikes and subsequent reassembly and alignment. Not bad is it?

There may be Bluebirds flying over the White Cliffs of Dover but if you have AB Aerial installed bird spikes they are not going to land anywhere near you!!

 

Further reading and keeping in touch!

Find more about troubleshooting regarding poor television signal, issues with your satellite or about choosing the right provider for your installation over on the blog. 

You can contact us today for a no pressure chat about improving your home AV needs and check out our reviews to see what others say about our 5-star service! We are specialists in CCTV, aerial and satellite installation and can’t wait to hear from you!

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Death of the small TV.

It’s time to review what we consider a small TV to be. Go back a few years and 32” was the norm and more than adequate for a living room. Something between 40 and 48 inches was a statement – a monolith that commanded attention. Anything bigger was an expensive extravagance.

small tv

According to the Which consumer magazine, only around 6% of the televisions produced in 2018 by the big 4 (Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic) were 32”. They just don’t seem to want to produce them anymore!

In my experience, the few that are made are generally poor with the brands putting their time and resources in to larger sets that can fully demonstrate the extra detail and crispness of 4K content. 32” TVs have been relegated from the living room focal point to glorified bedroom night light and there’s no sign that their fortunes will be reversed.

32 “was ideal when we were watching standard definition. Get too close to an SD channel and you’ll really notice the blocky, blurry nature of the image regardless of the screen size, but the problem is less pronounced on smaller TVs if you’re sitting the recommended distance from them.

Now that many channels are HD, and with 4K content becoming more widely available through streaming and UHD Blu-rays, those 32” TVs that hid the drawbacks of standard definition are hiding the benefits of HD and 4K. Another contributor to the disappearance of 32” TVs is price. Big TVs got cheap and suddenly anyone looking for a bargain wasn’t automatically priced out of something approaching 50 inches.

49” TVs can be bought for as little as £350, and it’s not just supermarket own-brands delivering these low prices. LG and Samsung are releasing low-cost sets that don’t sacrifice screen size.

Bigger screens, smaller TVs

As screens have got bigger, the plastic and metal cases surrounding them have got smaller. As a result, the seemingly enormous TVs dominating showrooms aren’t as big as you might think.

Despite having a screen that’s 17 inches bigger, the Samsung QE49Q7F, released in 2018, is only 12 inches wider than the 32-inch Samsung UE32J4000 released in 2016.

Not having a colossal black or chrome frame surrounding the screen has the added benefit of making newer TVs less conspicuous. Stands too have become more stylish and understated. Also, modern TVs are thinner, making them easier to mount on a wall, which means you won’t need a big media unit to stand them on.

If you really can’t bear the thought of a TV approaching or exceeding 50 inches, then there’s always TVs such as the Samsung Frame. Designed to be wall-mounted, this TV mimics a work of art when it isn’t on. It can access collections from galleries around the world or you can just display your own family photos. Some of LG’s TVs do the same thing.

Sound quality is where small TVs really struggle. Good sound should wrap around you like a thick winter coat, but the audio on most small TVs is more like an anorak you get before you go on a log flume ride! Where all-round quality of the TV experience improves is when the screen size increases to 43”. If 32” is as big as you’re willing to go the head towards my previous blog on finding the best buy sound bar or sound base that will sort out that audio issue.

For more sound options to support your TV, check out the article for our buyers guide to soundbars and soundbases.

Further Reading.

The best TVs of 2018 – in our opinion!

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Buyers guide to soundbars & soundbases

Why should you consider adding a soundbar or soundbase to your TV set up?

Slimline TV’s can have a superb picture but below par sound as space for in built speakers is limited. I should know having recently bought a SONY TV only to endure the listening experience of having a length of string between two old baked beans cans. A soundbar/base boosts TV audio and is compact also a TV can sit on a base. To ease my woes and tinnitus I researched in to the world of affordable alternatives to something Alexander Graham Bell would definitely not recognise.the best soundbar

Soundbars
Model Price (£) TV connections Bluetooth

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Subwoofer type Buy

Don’t Buy

Samsung HW N850 849 O, H Y WSub Buy
Sonos Playbar 699 O Y Buy
Samsung HW J250 160 A,O Y
LG K5 239 A, H, O Y WSub
LG SJ7 449 Y WSub Don’t Buy
Soundbases
Canton DM55 249 C,O Y Buy
Canton DM60 299 C,O Y Buy
Canton DM100 529 A, C, O Y Buy
Canton DM75 400 C,O Buy
Q Acoustics M2 225 A,H,O Y

 

  • A – Auxiliary 3.5mm
  • C – Coaxial digital
  • H – HDMI
  • O – Optical
  • WSub – Wired sub woofer

 

Soundbars
Model Overall review
Samsung HW N850 Outstanding sound quality using Dolby Atmos
Sonos Playbar Dynamic sound
Samsung HW J250 Simple to use and unobtrusive
LG K5 Great for films
LG SJ7 Clever 3 piece sound bar but sound disappoints
Soundbases
Canton DM55 Powerful sound and good dynamic range
Canton DM60 Excellent virtual surround sound and clear speech
Canton DM100 Sounds great and is easy to use
Canton DM75 Big powerful clear sound with a wide frequency range
Q Acoustics M2 Good value compact model with warm sound and clear speech

 

Best model versus Best Value
The Sonos playbar soundbar offers great sound but is at the top of the price range whilst the Samsung HW J250 is among the cheapest but still presents a big sound for a great price.

Further reading.

We wrote a handy article at the back end of 2018 reviewing our best TV for home use. Why not compliment your viewing pleasure with brilliant sound too!

The best TVs of 2018 – in our opinion!

 

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How To Improve WiFi Signal Across Your Home

Is poor WiFi signal around your home causing issues? Here’s how you can improve WiFi signal across your home!

You know how it is. Either the Wi-Fi signal reaches every room but to the one you really want it in or the kids and their mates are at home all connected and the signal on your phone disappears in to the abyss. Fear not.  There is an answer to these woes.

AB Aerials have recently introduced a range of Access Points (AP) that creates a wireless local area network (WLAN) either to a “dead spot” or around the house and even in to the garden and beyond!! For example, if you want to enable Wi-Fi access in your recently converted cellar but don’t have a router within range, you can install an access point in the cellar and run an Ethernet cable back to the router. A bespoke WLAN can be set up to be run independently from your existing Wi-Fi or in conjunction with it.

 

What’s the difference between a Wi-Fi extender and an AP I hear you ask? As its name implies, a range extender lengthens the reach of an existing Wi-Fi network. Since range extenders connect wirelessly to Wi-Fi routers, they must be placed where the Wi-Fi router’s signal is already strong, not in the location of the actual dead spot.

There are significant advantages of installing an AP. When you have swarms of family and friends all visiting at once connecting with tablets and mobile phones.  Twenty devices on a wireless network adds up quickly. At 60 simultaneous connections each, access points give you the freedom to scale the number of devices supported on your network. But that’s only one of the advantages of using these network enhancers—consider these points:

  1. Business-grade access points can be installed anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Models that AB Aerials employ are also compatible with Power over Ethernet Plus, or PoE+ (a combination Ethernet and power cord), so there is no need to run a separate power line or install an outlet near the access point.
  2. Additional standard features include Captive Portal and Access Control List (ACL) support, so you can limit guest access without compromising network security, as well as easily manage users within your Wi-Fi network.
  3. Select access points include a Clustering feature—a single point from which the IT administrator can view, deploy, configure, and secure a Wi-Fi network as a single entity rather than a series of separate access point configurations.

Which products can help with improved WiFi signal?

There are a range of products and functionalities that can be tailored to suit customer requirements.  AP’s can be categorised in to three main products

  1. In wall access points; these provide a separate WLAN or combined WLAN and data access point improve wifi signal
  2. Ceiling access points – which provide Wi-Fi (flooding) throughout the property .      how to get better wifi signal
  3. Bridges  – which can provide Wi-Fi from building to building both point to point and point to multi point 

Technology is reaching a point where decent Wi-fi signals can be had in every room of the house as long as the ethernet cable run from the router to the AP is do-able. Multiple devices can be added to the network without loss of signal/drop out to individual rooms or the whole property or even the man shed at the bottom of the garden.

Further Reading & Resources

Ab Aerials are the leading home connectivity experts based in Sheffield. Our vast experience and reputation will leave you enjoying your home entertainment, connectivity and WiFi in no time!

For an informal chat about your requirements please do contact us or check out the blog for more resources!


how to terminate a coaxial cable
Here in AB Aerials world, we’re always trying to find ways for our customers to save a few quid as well as protect them from some of the rogues that lurk in nooks and crannies that are hungry to exploit unwitting folk!!

With this in mind, I want to push Mr and Mrs Customer of AB Aerials slightly out of their comfort zone because a common nuisance I hear is that “I’m not savvy with technology” or “I’ll leave it for the grandkids to sort out as they know how to do it”. This mindset leaves them wide open to vulnerability and to be taken advantage.

What’s that saying? Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Well AB Aerials is here to provide the rod and tackle!!

A common issue of loss of signal is that the plug at the end of the aerial/satellite cable has come away and the connection has been interrupted. It’s a very simple procedure to rectify and not one to be afraid.

 

The diagram below shows the various stages of stripping a cable and the two most common types of plugs that can be fitted at the end of the pre-terminated cable. The only tools you need are a Stanley Knife and a pair of cutters!

how to terminate a coaxial cable

How to terminate a coaxial cable and improve your signal issues.

The process is as follows and should take about 30 seconds

1.     Cut the cable to length –mind you fingers

2.     Strip the outer casing to a length of about 2.5 cms (an inch) to reveal a braided mesh and a metallic foil/shield which help to protect the cable from electromagnetic interference (EMI) – mind your fingers

3.     Remove the foil and push the braiding down to the start of the outer casing. A white /clear insulation layer can be seen – mind your fingers

4.     Strip the insulating layer to reveal about 1.5cms of the copper conductor – mind your fingers

5.     Screw either the coax pug or F connector on the end of the cable ensuring that none of the braiding touches the copper element.

If this can be mastered there’s the saving of not having to pay for a call out, negating the chances of being “ripped off” and having the deep, deep satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done something for yourself. Anyway, if it all goes belly up call me and be safe in the knowledge you’ll get the job done properly at a reasonable cost!!

For more troubleshooting, how to, buyers advice and more useful info about your aerial, satellite and CCTV solutions, be sure to check out our blog!


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A time for reflections and plans for a happy 2019…

As a small business owner, I am constantly evaluating turnover, expenditure, potential savings, market growth etc. In other words how much money I can make. And why not? Money buys the creature comforts we take for granted but it can have an overwhelmingly negative influence on our behaviour and sometimes blinds us to what is really important in life and take precedence over compassion, empathy and altruism in business.

So now that the festive period is upon us it has prompted me to take stock and reflect on the work I have carried out for charities and businesses over the years that prioritise the above values over profit. It’s not all about the money. Like a lot of people as an individual I make monthly donations to various charities, plonk some spare change in the charity pot next to the till and buy the Big Issue from a vender as I walk ironically in to John Lewis. But my impact as an individual is negligible particularly when compared to three organisations I want to highlight in this piece which have used AB Aerials for the services we provide and have had a tangible influence on the lives of people far less fortunate than myself.

At the end of the blog, I have included links whereby people can make donations to each of the bodies I will mention below.

The first organisation I would like to bring to the attention of the blogging world is Choice Housing Limited. Choice Housing Limited which is an independent housing association and a Not-For-Profit Organisation that was set up in 2004 by Robert Mellors.  They are based in North Nottinghamshire, but have properties in various locations around the country, with the majority in Sheffield and Worksop and offer a range of self-contained family homes and supported shared accommodation for single people. In addition to letting properties, Choice Housing Ltd also offers support to its residents in the areas of welfare benefits, debt management, employment, health, and housing.  This support is offered to all residents free of charge, regardless of their income.

 

I first met Robert in 2014 in a not so salubrious are of Sheffield to carry out a fairly big domestic aerial and satellite job. I initially internally queried why anybody would want to take on such a thank less task, in my naive eyes, having to deal with the general maintenance and upkeep of such properties and deal with the issues of tenants on low income or on benefits. It wasn’t until earlier this year I found out why Robert established such a business. He had been homeless for a period of time a number of years ago and had been through similar experiences which genuinely shocked me as I would have never have guessed it as he appeared to be a well rounded, intelligent and articulate man running several successful businesses. Eventually, he had managed to overcome his demons and dedicated himself to improving lives and helping others who were down on their luck for whatever reason.

This was an epiphany for me and I was truly humbled by and Robert’s history and his continuing efforts.

The second organisation I have had dealings with ever since the first inception of AB Aerials is a charity called Roundabout based in Sheffield and is a local youth housing charity, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people. They provide emergency accommodation for homeless young people and support young people to live independently in secure bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. Roundabout also offers young people a comprehensive programme of training and involvement which breaks the cycle of homelessness and develops long-term independent living skills.

When carrying out the work they send through I often come in to contact with the young people they deal with (aged between 16 and 25) who are more or less the same age as my kids but come from totally different backgrounds and have been presented with fewer opportunities and certainly seen less love. Roundabout offers assistance, advice and all manner of support something that they probably have never been previously exposed and give a vulnerable section of society a “leg up” and a chance to improve their lives.

I have a great respect and rapport with the staff at Roundabout and they in turn have kindly contributed to video testimonials in relation to the work I have done for them which can be found on the AB Aerials website (www.ab-aerials.co.uk).

The third and final organisation I have worked with since 2015 is a charity called Ashaiana who work with Black, Asian and refugee adults and children dealing with forced marriages, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and honour based violence.

I suppose I have led a relatively sheltered life and never been exposed to the issues mentioned above but as a fully paid up member of the human race I can’t help be struck by the inhumanity that has led to the establishment of such a charity. What further shame there is for me as a man is that the crimes perpetrated are by men and that women need protecting from them and their distorted agendas. I have had to fit CCTV systems and microphones on hostels and supported accommodation for the gathering of evidence to prosecute men who have tried to gain access to cause physical or mental harm to women and children. How sad in one way but how good it is that Ashiana exist to take care and protect and house these often scared women and children

Next steps for supporting local charitable causes…

If you would lie to make a donation to any or all of the above organisations please do so from the following links

1.     Choice Housing Limited – http://choicehousingltd.org/choice-activities/4588647145

2.     Roundabout – http://www.roundabouthomeless.org/donate

3.     Ashiana – http://www.roundabouthomeless.org

AB Aerials wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Peaceful New Year


How to out smart the shops! When is the best time to buy a TV?

How to outsmart the shops – when is the best time buy a TV

Fancy a shiny new screen in time for all that Christmas telly? There’s probably not a better time price wise to grab yourself a new TV than in the run up to the festive season. If you’re in the market for a new TV the good news is that they are one of the more predictably priced products.

Most TV’s are launched between April and June and tend to reach their lowest price 8 months afterwards, which conveniently fits in to Black Friday and Christmas sales.  Prices can drop rapidly and significantly.  Take the LG43UJ630V. Its price varied between £549 and £319 across the year at Amazon alone.  At Currys PC World it dropped from a maximum of £629 to £328. The biggest drops were throughout the summer, so you might want to avoid buying a newly launched model at this time.

The four major TV brands LG, Samsung, SONY and Panasonic, usually refresh their TV line ups each year, primarily launching new models each spring.  These TV’s usually carry their highest price at launch, but as time goes by that price will drop. Once you get around to November the price will start to level out. The figures are likely to fluctuate in the months that follow, depending on specific promotions, but will typically be considerably lower than the launch price until that TV reaches the end of its life – usually in the spring or early summer, and the process starts again.

The bottom line is that if you’re looking to buy a TV don’t buy one too close to its market launch.  Wait until Black Friday and onwards – but don’t panic buy.  Prices are likely to stay as low as this in to the New Year and beyond.

 

For additional information on when to buy TV’s and the best TV’s to buy check out my earlier blog “Best TV’s of 2018”.

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