How to Install an Antenna for Free TV

Have you finally cut the cord? Have you broken the stranglehold of cable TV and said: “Enough is enough”?

Good for you!

If you’re in the 74% of households with a streaming service, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, you’re not missing much. Also, with a TV antenna, you have access to a lot of free channels, such as live sports, local news, and primetime shows.

For the best reception you can get, an outdoor TV antenna beats an indoor model handily. The downside is that outdoor antenna installation can be quite a hurdle if you don’t know what you’re doing.

No worries, we’ve got you covered. This step-by-step guide will show you how to install your outdoor antenna, the safe and proper way.

Outdoor Antenna Installation Guide

Before anything else, keep in mind that the best place to install your outdoor antenna is on the roof. If you have any doubts at all about your safety, call a professional for help. They will provide this service so you don’t have to risk serious injuries.

That being said, here are the steps you should take.

1. Research Optimal Placement and Positioning

Start by knowing where to put and how to position your antenna for the best signal quality. You can find that out by looking at several websites on the internet, such as this coverage map. Input your address and you’ll get a picture of where the nearest broadcast towers are.

2. Prep Work

Before climbing up your roof, make sure that you have everything you’ll need. These include a steady ladder, safety gear, screws, power tools, coaxial cable, and grounding wires.

Also, while some TV antenna models come in one piece, others may require assembly. Put the parts together before making your way up the roof. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Install the Antenna on Your Roof

It’s time for the installation proper. Pick a location that’s not too close to tree branches or other electrical wires.

Start by securing the mounting bracket on your roof. You can use lag screws attached to solid material or if you have a tall mast, you can use guy-wires.

Once the mounting is steady, slide the antenna pole into the sleeve. Orient the antenna in the optimal direction from your research. Lock it in place but keep the bolts loose for now since you may need to adjust the positioning later.

4. Run the Coaxial Cable to Your TV

Use the best quality cable (satellite grade or double-screened) and make sure that you have sufficient length. Run the cable from your antenna to your TV or converter box using the most direct route. Try to avoid sharp turns or bends to prevent interference and signal deterioration.

5. Test Your Reception

Ask someone in the house to relay information to you. Tell them to switch on the TV, flip through the channels, and observe the picture and sound quality.  Adjust the antenna’s position until you track down the best reception.

Once you’re happy with the signal quality, tighten everything up.

6. Ground the Outdoor Antenna

As protection against indirect lightning strikes, connect your antenna to a grounding block. This is an important step to ensure your safety.

Enjoy Free TV

The last step to outdoor antenna installation is to enjoy the fruit of your labor. Experience freedom from cable TV at last!

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