Use the best aerial you can

Your receiver depends solely on its aerial for ‘raw material’

and the more elaborate the receiver the better the aerial must be to do justice to it.

A good aerial is a high aerial.

In most places a vertical aerial gives the best results, especially if it is erected on the roof in an exposed position away from trees, drainpipes, etc. Semi-rigid, whip aerials are effective, convenient, and easily installed, and where electrical interference is severe, a length of special screened cable may be used for the connection to the receiver. An unobstructed, vertical aerial renders the receiver less susceptible to interference of all kinds.

Indoor aerials are seldom really satisfactory.

They exaggerate electrical interference and fading, and also cause weak and generally noisy reception.

When you are deciding

how much you can spend on a receiver, do not forget to reserve a reasonable sum to cover the cost of an effective aerial. Don’t leave the aerial to chance.

BBC ENGINEERING INFORMATION DEPARTMENT // AUGUST 1951