If you have finally got around to a new digital antenna installed then you are about to look forward to a new age of television. Your digital antenna will give you access to multiple channels, catch-up channels, interactive content and even recording and replay facilities that will change the way you watch television forever.
Television antennas come in various types and sizes, depending on their use and how good the signal quality is in your area. Choosing the right antenna could be made simpler than it currently is, but if you are in any doubt about which antenna is right for you, call in a professional who will be able to help you with a digital antenna installation.
Yagi, Wide-band or Indoor?
The standard antenna used for many years is the Yagi antenna, and one that you will still see on most rooftops. This type of antenna is manufactured to be pointed at the direction of the broadcasting antenna for your local area. Whist older television antennas that were used for analogue television may still work fine with digital television, the cabling, routing and quality of the reception all play an important factor.
Wide band antennas are made for picking up weak signals, and are also used in places where multiple broadcast antennas are feeding a single city. Or where the broadcast antennas used across a wide area interfere with each other. This type of antenna will solve most problems associated with poor signal and signal dropping.
If you live in an area that has good signal strength and you are able to get strong signal quality in your home, an indoor antenna may be all that is needed to pick up digital signals. These smaller indoor antennas are perfect for second television sets placed around the home or for use in sheds or outdoor buildings where no rooftop antenna is placed.
Time To Upgrade Or Replace Your Antenna?
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If your antenna is more than 15 or 20 years old, and you are having trouble picking up certain channels or radio stations via your existing antenna, an upgrade may be necessary to resolve these issues. Upgrading is easy and usually involves a simple replacement of the antenna itself, along with some cabling if damaged.
For the best aerial installation, you will need to use a sturdy base to secure you antenna to, so if you have an existing base on your rooftop, check for any damage and replace where necessary. Use high quality copper-core coaxial cable from the antenna to your TV points in your home, and if you have multiple outlets, ensure that you have a modern distribution box that is placed near to the antenna and use a signal boosting system to ensure the signal strength carries the full length of the cables.
Cable Routing and TV Point Placement
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Routing your coaxial is a simple process of replacing your old cable, and upgrading where you want to install new TV points. Use cable tacks to securely tie the cable to the outside of your property either near the guttering of your home or near the bottom of your walls. Ensure that the cabling is not touching the floor or the guttering itself. Route the cabling to a window and drill a hole through the window frame for easier access and then route to a TV point you will fix to the wall.
Ensure that with your antenna TV installation that you waterproof the holes you drill with adequate sealant and ensure that all points of your cabling route are waterproof, secure and trouble free.
Indoor or Outdoor Digital Antenna?
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Many people choose to place their aerial installation in their loft space for easier access and to leave the roof tidy, but that only works in strong signal areas where the signals can travel through a thick roof with ease. For outdoor TV antenna installation follow the process above, or if in any doubt, hire a professional digital antenna installation service.
By hiring a professional service you will have a professional assess your needs and any planned work you wish to have done. A cable routing plan and antenna type can be chosen before installation to provide you with all of the knowledge beforehand along with a layout of your cabling route, any signal boosting equipment and distribution boxes can be bought as extras if needed, giving you a premium service for a reasonable price.