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how to install a TV antenna

how to install a TV antenna

The world is getting more and more industrialized, especially with the advent of the Internet generation. Advances in TV technology, in particular, is very fast-paced to the extent that the use of television antenna is becoming less and less popular nowadays. Even so, it is still useful to know the following basics on how to install a TV antenna so you can get quality picture reception on your television set.

  1. First find out if you even need a TV antenna. If you have either cable TV or satellite television, then you must have your satellite dish set up by the satellite provider somewhere on or near your roof. In this case, you don’t need a TV antenna. But if you have analog TV, then include in your list to buy a digital converter-box for your antenna. Note that since 2009, from February to be exact, all throughout US there is no longer analog signal available.

  2. Buy the required antenna. You can choose between the satellite antenna and the cable one.

    If your TV is HD-ready and you plan to buy a digital converter-box, the HD cable converter-box, including the bunny-ears antenna, is a good choice. Before paying your bill, first check if the mounting kit and the other accessories are all set.

  3. Buy cables too, if necessary. Usually, when you buy a TV antenna, the required auxiliary or coaxial cable is already included. A coaxial cable (co-ax) has a tiny nut which screws onto a linking rod on the antenna and the TV itself. A co-ax is primarily utilized as an effective transmission line for frequency signals and distributes cable TV signals. If your television set has no rod, you should purchase a good brand of connect-all box so you can easily plug the co-ax antenna into the auxiliary cable. Notice that an auxiliary cable has 3 plugs, colored red, yellow, and white.

  4. Identify your mounting site. This is for outdoor antenna installation. Choose a relatively high location, on or near your roof, to set up your antenna so that you can avoid interference to your signal reception, particularly from tall trees and buildings.

    You should also consider the ladder that you will use for installation. The ladder must extend beyond the roof line. While up on the roof, be extra cautious not to step on any loose roof tiles or shingles. Also, always wear shoes for better grip while working.

  5. Bring up all the needed tools. While the sturdy ladder is in place, check all the tools that you will need to carry up to your roof so you can avoid going up and down several times. Check your wrenches, pliers, and drills.

    Also, on your chosen mounting site ensure that the wood deck beneath the roof shingles is solid enough so that the mounting bolts will have a firm grip. Soft wood decking is not good for TV antenna installation.

  6. Put the TV antenna onto your pole. Many use a 15’ pole length, although the size can actually vary. The longer the pole, the better your signal quality will be.

    Attach the 20’ wire to your antenna. The wire size can also vary, but again, the bigger and the longer the wire, the better your reception. After that, your antenna on the site you have chosen. Although some would find it more comfortable placing their antenna at ground level, the roof area is generally the best option.

  7. Secure your mount. When attaching your antenna, you must strictly follow the guide and the instructions provided. If you have antenna rotator, then you should put it on so that your antenna can easily swivel around. The rotator will make it easier for you to adjust the reception anytime.

  8. Run your cables and plug in your antenna. From your antenna, run the cables down to your home. Ensure that your antenna has single coax plug. If multiple plugs, use either the “Out to TV” or “Out” connection, and on the TV, the corresponding coax plug is either the “In for Antenna” or “In” connection.

    For auxiliary cables make sure you plug in the 3 colors as designated for the “In” slot and “Out” slot of your TV set and antenna respectively.

As soon as you have completed the steps on how to install a TV antenna, take time to check if your television is accurately receiving a good signal. Once the signal is as good as you can get it, then you have successfully done the job. If not, then you should adjust the antenna while the TV is tuned to a local channel. If it still isn’t working, you should call a pro to help you out.


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