In the process of deciding whether or not to install a TV antenna, you’ll encounter a number of factors. You may probably find some written or video guides on how to set up an antenna with a quick Google search.
Maybe you could give it a shot if you are particularly handy, have all the necessary equipment at your disposal, and have a lot of free time for planning and carrying out the necessary steps.
Before investing time or money into a do-it-yourself installation, you should think about the following.
Expert TV antenna installation will have the necessary gear to guarantee crystal-clear digital reception in every room. Most importantly, a digital signal meter will show the exact signal strength for each TV channel at each TV location in the home. The average home installer would not have access to such costly equipment. Because of this, you might be depending on the inefficient and potentially unreliable “point and shoot” method to gain decent reception, which does not ensure a high-quality signal on all channels.
TV antenna separation distance.
Long-distance transmission of digital TV signals using coaxial cables might degrade the quality of the signal. Place your antenna no more than 20 meters from your set. If the antenna needs to be placed further away, then it must be strong enough to prevent too much signal loss. You might also use an amplifier to strengthen the signal.
Optimal antenna placement and orientation
Your first step should be to locate the TV station transmitters in your area. In most cases, you can find this information by conducting a web search or by contacting a local television station. The TV antenna should be pointed in the direction of the closest TV transmission station in order to receive the best possible signal.
To go to the station, you’ll need to know its precise location, which is more difficult to determine than it might seem at first.
Line of sight is used by television signals, which means that obstructions like trees, buildings, hills, and other objects can reduce the quality and strength of the signal.
The antenna’s mounting height is something to think about.
More altitude means less chance of line-of-sight problems, obviously. As a matter of thumb, therefore, the greater the better. Extra-high mounts, however, are not required unless signal strength or line of sight is a concern.
You can acquire TV antennas that can pick up signals from multiple directions, but it’s best to check with an antenna retailer first to be sure you’re getting the right one for your needs.
You should think about how the antenna would affect the home’s curb appeal before deciding where to put it. This is why some individuals choose to put their antennas within their homes, in the ceiling or the roof, rather than outside. Since they are rarely a reliable alternative for strong constant service, we do not recommend them, especially in low-signal locations.
Adapters for cables and drywall
It goes without saying that if you’re putting in a new antenna or new TV points, you’ll need to consider the expense and expertise needed to run the cable from the antenna, through the wall/ceiling cavities, to the TV point(s). This requires the home installer to have some familiarity with the home’s structure and some knowledge of how to securely feed cable into the cavities.
Before beginning to run cable, please verify that you are in compliance with all local construction and electrical codes. Always maintain a safe distance from live electrical wires (min distances vary by state depending on building codes).
While it is feasible to install a TV antenna yourself, doing so is not recommended. For the finest reception on every TV channel, use only professional signal meters to avoid wasting time hunting for the signal and aligning the antenna.
Experienced installers also have access to a wealth of tactics and recommendations for optimal antenna placement and installation, which can make the difference between mediocre and excellent TV reception.
An antenna installation is also important since it ensures your safety. Licensed professionals have the necessary skills to operate securely at heights, know how to route cables within wall cavities, and carry insurance in case of an accident.