So, you are going to use a TV antenna to enjoy your favorite channels? Well, this is one of the best affordable solutions when you don’t want to spend your money on the cable network. If you have purchased the right antenna, the next thing you will have to do is installing the antenna in the right direction and right place.
No matter how good your antenna is, you won’t get the optimum performance from it unless you have aimed it properly. No worries! In this article, I am going to cover each and everything that you need to know for a perfect installation and aiming.
Find the Location of the TV Broadcasting Tower
Everyone knows he has to aim the antenna properly but fail to do it because of the wrong direction. To avoid this issue, the first thing you have to do is finding the TV broadcasting towers. It is not a big deal to identify the tower location.
If you are living in a city, probably you already know where the broadcasting tower is. Or, you can try to find out the broadcasting tower from your rooftop. But if you are living in rural areas, this can be tough. But don’t be hopeless. You can easily find it by using some websites like antennaweb.org which is operated by the Consumer Electronics Association. It will ask for your zip code and will show the result instantly.
If you are lucky enough, will find all the towers are in the same direction. But if they are in multiple directions, you will have to use the multi-directional TV antenna. So, before you order the TV antenna, make sure you are purchasing the right one.
Another thing you should keep in mind is, the website will give you the location as north, south, east, west, etc. The simple rule about direction is, north is 0°, east is 90°, south is 180°, and west is 270° and halfway between north and east is 45°. Ok, now you have the location and you need to aim. If you find any difficulty in this level, you can use a compass. You can also use your smartphone if there is a compass.
For more accuracy about the location of TV tower, you need to use smartphone apps. There are so many apps that will help you to locate the transmitters. This is not a big deal. Simply go to play store if you are an android user or iTunes if you are an iPhone user. Now, search for the best smartphone app for the TV antenna. There will be different apps with different feature. Before you pick one for you, read the reviews about that particular app. Also, look for the rating. Higher the rating, higher accuracy you can expect.
Now, install the app, put on your home address and it will navigate you to the broadcasting tower.
Though it is easy to find the exact location of the tower, slight changes may affect the picture quality. For this, I will recommend using a strength meter. Probably there will be a digital meter with the television, performance won’t be good as a strength meter. So, order a signal strength meter and make small changes in the aiming and look for the result in the strength meter. The strength meter will show the result in Modulation Error Ratio (MER). This is the standard of signal quality. Make sure that the signal strength is MER 25db or more to ensure the best result. After a few movements, you will find the desired one.
Half of the work is done when you have aimed the antenna towards the TV tower. But you want to enjoy the channels in HD mode, right? For this, you should consider some other things.
The first thing you should not miss is, installing the antenna on the rooftop or a place like this. The height of the antenna plays a significant rule in receiving the signals properly. Height helps the antenna to avoid any interruption in the signal. You may ask some expert help if you find any difficulty.
Besides the high-end product, you should use a good quality coax cable so that your TV can receive the signal. Don’t be hesitate to spend money on the good quality coax cable.