Antenna Installation Tips
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There are many things that will affect the performance of your antenna, but as a general rule, the higher you can get your antenna, the better.
Digital TV signals are transmitted using UHF and VHF frequency spectrums. Most channels are broadcast on the UHF spectrum. UHF signals use a higher frequency, are more susceptible to being weakened by building materials (walls, plaster, etc.), and are more dependent on a clear line of sight to the towers. For this reason, the higher the elevation, the better your chances for reliable reception. VHF signals are broadcast at a lower frequency and often not as sensitive to building materials and obstacles. Any digital signal is still susceptible to obstacles between the antenna and the transmitter such as trees, buildings, and geographic obstructions.
Depending on your location, indoor installations can be problematic for two reasons. First, the antenna will be lower than a roof-mounted installation, often limiting line-of-sight. Second, the digital signal is weakened by every wall the signal must pass through. This is why we recommend placing your indoor antenna as close to a window as possible (and again: the higher, the better).
There are many advantages to an outdoor antenna over an indoor antenna. An outdoor antenna will have fewer obstructions and less interference (noise) from other electronic devices inside your home. A single outdoor antenna can service many televisions. If your home had satellite or cable service before, the coaxial cable needed to send the antenna's signal to all your TVs is already installed. Outdoor installation is always better than indoor, when possible. Mounting your antenna in the attic may get it in a higher position, but the attic's insulation can reduce signal quality as well. If your homeowner's association won't allow an outdoor antenna, chances are the law is on your side. Read the FCC directive on Antenna Installation.
If you live in lower terrain and the location of the transmitters in your area requires you to aim the antenna into the side of a hill, your chances for success may be limited. People who live in deep valleys or canyons may not be able to receive HDTV signals with an over-the-air antenna. Similarly, people who live in high-rise apartment buildings will have more success if they live on the side of the building facing the transmitters.
All of our outdoor antennas include an adjustable mast clamp that can be affixed to a variety of masts and mounts. You can purchase one of our antenna mounts if your antenna does not include one. Before installing your antenna on any mount, it's important to check the reception in the location you intend to install the antenna prior to attaching the mount to any surface.
All of our antennas are equipped with female "F" type coaxial connectors that integrate with standard RG6 coaxial cable. Connect the cable to the outlet on the antenna and then feed this cable down to your TV or converter box.
If your coaxial cable run is longer than 100 ft., we would suggest a JUICE preamplifier. A preamplifier increases available signal strength and will help overcome challenges including splitters or weak signals.
If you need both a UHF and a VHF antenna, you may want to consider our UHF/VHF antenna combiner.
If you are not able to install your antenna, visit our list of recommended antenna installers or contact our customer service department and we will be happy to refer you to a professional installer in your area.
Accessories Installation Information
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