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Installing Your Antenna
Digital TV antennas are used for receiving over-the-air broadcasts and connecting your digital television in Australia. They are usually made of metal, or the frame, if not metal, is coated with a metallic material.
Antennas come in various shapes and sizes to meet the needs of different broadcast towers, geographical locations, and individual homes. As such, each of these conditions necessitates that you install your antenna a certain way. This article will discuss how to install a digital antenna for the best reception.
What You Need To TV Wall Mount An Antenna
You will need the following items to begin wall mounting your antenna:
- Coaxial cable
- Coaxial cable connectors
- Roof sealant
- Bolts and screws appropriate for your roofing material and antenna mounting bracket. The nuts should be suitable for the spanner you have.
You will also need the following to mount a tv to the wall:
- Drill with a masonry bit (if your roof is tiled, brick, or concrete)
- Wood bit (if your roof is timber)
- A 13mm drill bit if you have one or can borrow one
Alternatively, you can use an adjustable wrench/spanner, but you may need to buy extra bolts that you can tighten by hand. A ladder rated for use on roofs will also be required. If working at heights makes you nervous, consider investing in a safety harness.
Step One: Remove the existing antenna from the mast
Turn off the power to your TV at the circuit breaker box. Then, remove the existing antenna from the mast. Disconnect each part of the antenna from its corresponding hardware and set it aside.
Step Two: Check the cable from the previous antenna
Check for signal quality with your TV. If you get no signal, check the cable and make sure that it's seated firmly in the coaxial connection on the back of the TV. Check your previous antenna and see if it has been damaged or disconnected from the wall if there is still no signal.
A weak signal indicates that you probably have a problem with low power or interference from obstacles between you and the broadcasting tower. Move your antenna to a higher location (if possible) or use an amplifier to boost its power. There's nothing further to do if you have excellent reception or strong signals.
A very high signal strength level can distort broadcasts when boosted by an antenna amplifier. To remedy this problem, disconnect any amplifiers in use and try moving your antenna away from windows and other sources of interference, such as metal roofing. Reconnect your amplifier if this doesn't improve signal quality. Check that it is not faulty by replacing it with another unit if you have one available.
Step Three: Inspect the mast
Check for corrosion, loose fittings, or other damage that could interfere with your antenna's performance if you can access the mast safely. Also, check that the mast is not bent or damaged.
Ensure its securely attached to the wall or roof and isn't loose, wobbly, or ready to fall over.
Step Four: Assemble your new antenna
Inventory the parts included with your antenna. Compare these to the list of materials provided by the manufacturer on the packaging. Pay attention because some components may not be visible unless you open all of your antenna's boxes and bags as they may be tucked inside one another.
Always make sure that you've thrown out any plastic packaging material that could pose a hazard to children and pets.
Step Five: Prepare your coaxial cables
Make sure the coaxial cables are long enough to reach your TV before bringing them into your house. If they're too short, you'll need to buy a longer one or two additional cables. Ensure the cable doesn't have any visible damage and is rated for outdoor use.
Check that the connectors on the cable are compatible with your TV — most antenna cables have F-type connectors, which most TVs take, but if you have an older TV, it might be another kind of connector. When you're ready to connect the cables to the antenna, screw them on until secure.
Step Six: Mount the antenna to the mast
Now that you've assembled your antenna and have successfully set up the mast, it's time to mount the antenna. Make sure the antenna is level before you put it up. Mount the antenna as high up on the mast as possible (higher is better). Make sure the antenna is secure before you move on.
The best way to do this is by using a bracket or guy wire (preferably both). Make sure the antenna is facing in the direction of where most channels are located.
Step Seven: Secure the antenna
Now that you've assembled the antenna and attached the coaxial cable, it's time to attach it to the mast. You will be required to climb a ladder to reach the roof of your house and place one hand on each side of the mast. If you have a helper, have them stand at the ladder's base and hold it steady while you work.
Use your hands to position the L-bracket supplied with your antenna to centre over or under the edge of the mast. However, this will depend on how wide apart your mounting bolts are placed.
You can proceed to install lag bolts into each hole in your L-bracket either by hand or with a drill. Be careful not to strip any holes as you turn in your lag bolts all of the way.
Once all four lag bolts are snug and flush with the bracket, move back down from the roof or wall and check for mast wobble by applying slight pressure back and forth on the bottom end of the antenna. If there is still some movement, tighten lag bolts further until there's no more wobble.
Step Eight: Connect all devices and run the setup process
Connect the power cords to all devices and plug them into an outlet. Turn on your TV and make sure the input you are using on your television matches the output from your antenna. Go through the setup process of tuning in channels and playing with different options. Now you're ready to watch clear high-definition footage.
Factors When Installing A Digital TV Antenna
Distance between the TV and antenna
Decide how far you will be placing the antenna from the television before you purchase and install your external antenna. Measure the distance to the location of where you intend to put the antenna. Also, determine what direction the antenna will be facing. Determine if you will need a long or short cable cord.
Will there only be one television connected to this external antenna? Or, are there going to be multiple televisions? Will your old indoor antennas work with your new digital converter box? Most likely, they will not.
You may have to purchase some new antennas as well when installing an external antenna for your home. Before you go shopping for a new outside antenna, take into consideration what type of reception is needed for each room in your house where an antenna will be installed.
Choose between a UHF/VHF or VHF-only antenna
Digital TV is broadcast on the UHF band in Australia. So, you need to choose between these two types of TV antennas: A UHF/VHF antenna can receive both UHF and VHF signals. The latter are long-range signals used for regional broadcasts.
A VHF antenna can only receive VHF signals. You should get one if you're receiving your digital TV signal from a transmitter far away from where you live because it has a better range than a UHF/VHF antenna.
Don't worry about which transmission tower is transmitting your signal. This information doesn't matter since there are no official designated channels in other countries such as America or Japan. Therefore, there is no way to know whether one tower's signal might interfere with another.
The main advantage of using VHF-only over UHF-VHF antennas is that they usually cost less. They're better suited if you don't have much money to spend on equipment installation fees like installation labour charges but still want good TV reception quality at home.
Number of televisions you will be running off this antenna
If you have more than one television that you want to connect to the same aerial, you will need to wire them. Consider the number of televisions in your home and if they will be receiving a signal from the antenna. You should also think hard about if you will use a single antenna for several televisions or if each television set will have its own TV antenna.
A good choice if you plan on using just one antenna for multiple televisions is to use a "splitter." A splitter can be installed so that all of your television sets will receive the same signal from a single aerial.
Determine if your television is high definition capable
Purchase a television capable of displaying high-definition video if you expect to watch digital content, as there are many different models. The benefits include higher-quality images and wider screen formats, but you will have to pay more for an HDTV and antenna.
Make sure that your HDTV is connected properly. After choosing a proper antenna tower, you must connect the receiver box from your antenna tower with your HDTV. Once connected, it may take up to several minutes for your monitor display to appear onscreen. Follow the instructions of the HDTV user manual to complete this task step-by-step until it displays onscreen.
Determine if you need an indoor or outdoor antenna
In Australia, you should choose an outdoor antenna if you are looking to meet the following conditions:
- Receive a stronger signal
- Receive a better reception of high-definition signals
- Receive more channels in your area
If In Doubt Use Accredited Antenna Installers
If you're a do-it-yourself type or don't have the money to hire an electrician or professional installer , there are plenty of good reasons to install the antenna yourself. First and most obviously, installing your antenna will save you from paying for labour costs by having someone else do it.
Second, there is no middle man between you and the finished product when installing an antenna yourself. This means that when something goes wrong with the TV antenna installation in the future, you will know exactly how to fix it because you installed it yourself.
Finally, installing an HDTV antenna yourself can be an interesting project that can leave you with a sense of accomplishment. You can accomplish this by getting a friend to help you because it can be tricky with only one pair of hands! You want someone to hold the antenna in place while using a spirit level to ensure its straight.
Be careful not to drop either the antenna or tools on your head! Lastly, should you require any assistance during your self-installation or if you have any queries, you can always reach out to a local antenna installer for a quote.