Robust TV antennas have become a boon these days for people who want to cut the cord. They will simply plug into your television and start fetching over-the-air channels, which broadcasters send over the airwaves from the transmitting towers.
You might be surprised by how many channels are there over the air. But from channels blinking off and on to channels not being received at all by your digital converter box or television, digital TV broadcasts have their own unique set of problems. There are several ways to boost your digital TV signal reception without modifying the digital converter box or television.
Just imagine, waiting for the weekend to watch your favorite TV show being broadcasted, and suddenly the picture could “ghost,” become noisy (snow) or fade away. The only thing you could wish at that time is for a miracle to happen so that you won’t miss any part of the show.
With Express Antenna Services aerial point installation, you can forever bid adieu to your digital TV antenna related problem. We are the aerial installations specialist in Brisbane providing services like:
- New digital antenna install
- Digital antenna upgrade
- Digital amplifier
- Additional phone, TV, and data points
- Flat screen wall mount
If you are pondering over how to boost your antenna signal, we have these six tips for you to follow.
Tip 1: Re-adjust Your Antenna
Distance and direction of your home from the TV station transmitters are the two important parameters that determine the reception of a TV antenna. The height of the tower and the transmitter’s power also matter.
If you reside nearer to the broadcast tower, and the signal path is relatively uninterrupted, your signal reception will be robust and stable. And if you move farther away, getting solid signal strength gets trickier. This is why carefully selecting and installing an antenna is essential.
Tip 2: Install an Antenna Amplifier
TV signals from the antenna generally become weaker as it travels through the coax cable to the TV or network tuner. If you are splitting the signals into one or more locations or the cable runs are too far, then your TV signal may become too weak and you may need to install a preamplifier.
Preamplifiers are installed on the antenna mast as close to the antenna as possible. They amplify the signal before line loss occurs. For best results, keep the coax cable length short from the antenna to the preamplifier.
The preamplifier is a great solution when the signal strength degrades due to splitters, cable runs, etc. The higher the amplifier’s dB rating the greater is the signal strength.
Tip 3: Use Two Antennas
Maybe your antenna is working fine, but it is not able to receive the signal from different towers. This case will require you to install a second bidirectional antenna. You will receive signals from several transmission towers and your TV will choose the best one for each station. Just make sure not to stack antennas and build them too close to each other. Maintain at least 1-2 meters between each antenna.
Tip 4: Install High Quality Coax Cable
This cannot be understated enough. Getting yourself a roll of high quality cable with good shielding and low signal loss is paramount, especially if you have to run the cables a fair distance to your tuner.
The longer the cable runs between the tuner and the antenna, the greater will be the signal loss. Keep the cable short for best results.
Tip 5: Reset Your Digital Tuner
This will help you to get better TV reception. A digital tuner will convert the incoming signal into a digital format that your TV will recognize. But broadcasters might change the metadata from time to time that will interfere with the tuner’s ability to understand the signal. And your digital tuner will use the older data without getting the right channel information. You can fix this by:
- Disconnecting the coax cable from the TV
- Reconnecting all connections
- Doing one or more channel scan
- Turning off and unplugging your TV and converter box
Tip 6: Raise the Antenna
If resetting the digital tuner did not help you, then take a closer look at your antenna. If the antenna does not get a clear line of sight to the transmission tower then you might face a signal loss. So, experts usually recommend going with an aerial point installation at least 10-20 feet off the ground on your property. And the roof of your home is usually the ideal choice.
Follow the above tips if you are willing to boost your antenna signal. However, if you are still facing issues, it’s probably time to call an expert who knows exactly what they are doing. If your reception is a little better following the six tips, but still it’s not up to the mark, there is no harm in calling someone out to fix your problem.
Give a call on 0409 908 221 to Jon Burfield, the antenna and reception specialist at Express Antenna Services, and we will get your set working right easily and quickly. You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book an appointment today!