Depending on where you live, chances are the analogue broadcasting signal has been switched off in your area. This means that older television sets will not be able to receive a signal without the assistance of a new digital antenna and digital set top box.
This process is one that you may feel you might be able to complete yourself. If you’re feeling adventurous then read our step by step guide to make sure you have the right materials and know how to install them.
Step One: Choosing an Antenna
You might be tempted to purchase one of the many aerials and antennas that you can locate inside your home and next to your television. We would strongly recommend that you don’t as they are not powerful enough to receive a high quality signal.
Instead you want to purchase an outdoor suitable roof mounted antenna. You should be able to pick one up from any large electrical retail outlet or in some cases DIY home stores.
Make sure that the antenna you end up buying is suitable for digital signals. Try and find what is known as a multi element beam antenna for the best results. Larger antennas are designed for poor signal areas such as within valleys or behind hills.
Step Two: Choosing the Installation Location
The next step is to choose where you wish to install the antenna. The loft is never recommended as it leaves the antenna open to external interference which only leaves you with a roof mounted solution.
Depending on your type of roof, you can either mount the aerial on a gable wall or to the eaves system of your property. If you prefer, you could also use a tripod so that the antenna sits directly on a pitch of your roof.
As always, your safety is paramount so do not attempt this step if you do not have experience in using ladders and working at height.
Step Three: Running Your Cabling
Your next step is run a suitable coaxial cable from the antenna’s location to a preferred entry point in your property. This will usually be to where the TV is situated but if you have more than one then you will need to install a splitter box somewhere central and then feed a length of cable to each television where necessary.
Step Four: Search for a Signal
If everything has gone to plan, you should now be able to switch on your television set and then perform an automatic search for all available channels in your area.
If you aren’t able to find as many channels as you know to be available then you will need to adjust the positioning of your antenna or trial a few different directions.
Hire a Professional
It can be a daunting task, from making sure you buy the right antenna to safely installing it where required. We would always suggest hiring an experienced professional so if you’re in or near Mandurah, perform a web search for Mandurah antennas and you’re sure to find a suitable company. An antenna installer will usually offer a number of other related services so see what they could do for.
You’re only a phone call away from the best television picture quality you’ve ever experienced.