For those of us who opt for getting an antenna instead of cable service, we all know that reception is a matter of location and there is frustration with an inadequate location. Sometimes it’s the weather making the tv reception difficult, sometimes it’s the building that blocks the signal to the antenna from the TV transmitter nearby. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your TV reception.
Since the move of most broadcasters to HDTV signals, life for antennas users has been much easier. There’s a good chance you will be able to get all available local channels if you are living near a TV transmitter, just by having your antenna positioned outside the house, preferably on the roof. This makes it easier to pick up TV signals, due to lessened obstructions like walls and other surfaces.
Using multidirectional antennas would work well in urban environments, as these types receive signals from all directions, therefore maximizing signal strength. One small downside is that they gather signals at a much smaller area, so you must test a few models and see which one gather the most signals and performs best in your location. Directional antennas on the other hand, can gather signals in a certain coverage of direction more efficiently and over far longer distances, which makes them ideal for areas with far-off TV stations that would make signal gathering difficult for omnidirectional types.
Another method, as briefly described above, is to get your antenna on the roof, as highly positioned as you can. This allows for maximum omnidirectional scope for gathering television signals, and will most likely even get more channels than when you have your antenna installed inside the house, where walls and other obstructions can interfere with the antenna. Make sure you use a professional installer from Jim’s – Antenna Installation to ensure you get the maximum reception benefits.
Using amplifiers in conjunction with your antenna could also boost the signal strength it gathers, helping in pull more distant TV stations and increasing the number of channels available for viewing. A note of warning though, these also amplify noise and other distortions, so you may as well have this method tested first before making any investment.
Hiring an expert could also be a viable option, as they could study the topography, location, type of environment, and other factors that attune to your TV reception in your specific location. They also provide you valuable data with which to compare antennas, giving you a wide array of choices as to which type antennas are suited for your location, and which channels they pick up in your best interest.
In conclusion, whether experimenting on your own or having an expert to look into it for you, you can maximize your antenna reception using these methods.