After many years of going digital and relying on cable TV, the tide has now turned back again in the favour of over-the-air (OTA) TV. Statistics state that a growing number of people are trading cable TV to install OTA TV because of the ever rising cost of cable TVs. Antenna sales have increased in the recent years and are constantly on the rise.
However, setting up an antenna to pick up all of the station sin clear, HD quality is a challenging task. This is because the switch from analog to digital since 2009 has made it difficult to find signals. With a digital signal, you will either get a crystal clear picture or no picture at all. Setting up an indoor antenna properly is now a tricky task. The modern, flat antennas, which are multi-directional and do not have to be pointed at a precise angle, requires tough work to be positioned just right to pick up the best signal.
To help you set up your indoor antenna in the right position to get an optimal reception, we have enlisted some tips and tricks below:
- LOOK OUT FOR THE BROADCAST TOWERS NEARBY
The first thing to do before putting up your antenna (or even before buying it!) is to watch out for the broadcast towers near the area that you live in. Identify the location of the nearest broadcast towers to determine what the power of the antenna should be.
To ease out your process of finding nearby broadcast towers, there are also some websites available on the internet that allow you to input your street address and then shows a map outlining the distance of the various broadcast towers in your area with the direction to reach towards them.
The antenna should be placed in a space where there are no obstructions. Mind you- thick walls and ceilings are also to be viewed as obstructions. Your antenna should be places near a window, where it might get the clearest line of sight to the broadcast tower.
You should know that the Higher your antenna is placed, the better your reception will be. This is the reason why outdoor antennas pick up most of the channels as compared to indoor antennas. Try to place your antenna as high as you can in your room- you can even consider placing it in the attic, to get the best reception.
- KEEP AWAY FROM METAL
Metallic surfaces should always be kept away from antennas. Metal tends to cause interference with the digital signals and hampers the reception. Therefore, always make sure that there are no metallic objects near your antenna.
Let’s be honest– plugging in your antenna and enjoying watching beautiful, HD channels is not going to be that easy. You would have to try and test a few different locations for your antenna until finally finding one that yields the best results and provides you the picture quality that you expect. So, be patient, hang on and keep trying different positions until to consequently find the ideal one.