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The Best Way to Set Up an Antenna

Some homeowners have already shifted from an antenna to satellite or cable. However, some people still want to use an old school antenna to get TV channels. Antennas can be used to receive better signal. In the past, antennas were known as rabbit ears. Now, there are many TV antenna providers who can provide wide ranges of choice such as Antenna Plus. Besides roof antennas, indoor HD antennas have been introduced in more compact sizes such as the size of a piece of paper which can be moved around easily. If you are considering installing a TV antenna, the following information may help you.

 

Indoor or Outdoor Antennas

 

There are two different kinds of antenna; indoor and outdoor. You can choose which one you prefer. Indoor antennas are compact. They come in a thin form, which can be placed behind the TV or nearby windows. You can install and move them around easily. The disadvantages of indoor antennas is that they are unstable and have weaker reception. Indoor HD antennas can be affected when changing lights, when moving them or when people walk past them.

 

Outdoor antennas are attached to the roof outside. They are larger and provide a stronger signal. They perform better than indoor antennas. The disadvantage of using them is that you have to contact an antenna provider to install them for you.

 

Positioning

 

There are many antenna providers on the market for you to choose from. Each antenna has different styles and functions. Outdoor types have more benefits in terms of providing stronger reception.

 

Not only does it matter whether you buy a good antenna or not, but where it is placed matters greatly. The antenna’s performance depends on the area you live in. If you are installing an outdoor antenna, the provider may be able to provide an installation service for you. For those who prefer indoor antennas, where you place them still has a big effect on how well they perform. Do some research about where the broadcast towers are around your place. Choose to place the antenna in the direction that faces towards the tower. If you want to have it behind your TV, make sure to place it a bit higher up to receive better signal.

 

Amplified or Non-Amplified Antennas

 

The size and location of an antenna has a huge effect on the reception quality. To overcome any signal problems, you can install an electronic amplifier to improve your antenna’s reception. Some indoor antennas come with amplifiers inside. You also can install separate amplifiers between the antenna and the TV if you cannot receive extra channels. Outdoor antennas can install a ‘preamplifier’ but be careful when installing an amplifier. Not every household can use them. Your area should be far from the broadcast tower, around 50 miles, or you will get ‘too much’ signal and it will degrade the strength of it.

 

Do some research about antennas before decided on any brands. You can go to antenna providers around your neighbourhood and ask them for recommendations. After you have finished the installation, you can search for channels and delete whatever you do not want and enjoy watching your HD TV this weekend!