|Written by Brian Stepp|
An outdoor antenna pulls in more local channels and has better reception than the standard indoor rabbit ear antennas. If a person looks around the neighborhood, the person sees outdoor antennas popping up everywhere. People are discovering that the TV stations are broadcasting over the air in high-definition, and with the aid of an outdoor antenna, local television reception is better than the quality received through satellite or cable companies, but adjusting the antenna takes some time.The installation takes about 30 minutes, but fine tuning the antenna may take up to an hour. Plan an hour for fine tuning the antenna even though it takes less.
Loosen up the clamps holding the antenna stationary by , if you do not have a neighborâ€™s antenna to go by, and turn the antenna a quarter turn clockwise. Check to see how the well TV reception is coming in. Rescan your TV channels every time before moving the antenna. Keep turning the antenna clockwise in quarter turns, and check to see how well the TV reception comes in each turn. Once youâ€™ve found the best position for the antenna, tighten up the clamps holding the antenna.
Loosen up the clamps holding the antenna stationary using the screw driver or socket set depending on the model of antenna you have outside. There are 2 or 4 clamps that need to be loosened. Only loosen the clamps enough, so that the pole holding the antenna turns. Do not remove the clamps. Turn the antenna clockwise 1/4 of the way around the pole. Check to see how the well TV reception is coming in. Rescan your TV channels according to your television or digital receiverâ€™s manufacturerâ€™s instructions. Every TV and digital receiver is slightly different, so consult your manual. Rescan the TV channels every time you move the antenna. Keep turning the antenna clockwise in quarter turns, and check to see how well the TV reception comes in after each turn. Once youâ€™ve found the best position for the antenna, tighten up the clamps holding the antenna with the screwdriver or socket set.
Relocate the antenna to a different area in the yard a few feet at a time if the antenna is pole mounted, or if it is a roof mount antenna, move it to a different area on the roof. Go to the resources, and check the transmitter locator for your closest channels. Place the antenna closer to the nearest transmitters. Try placing the antenna in the highest location possible because the reception is better where nothing blocks the signal. If it is mounted on a pole on the ground, keep antennas away from any large objects or trees because they cause bad reception. Areas with trees over 40 feet tall sometimes have problems receiving strong, clear signals. Antennas need open areas away from interference. Repeat moving to a new area and check the reception again. Moving an antenna in any given direction a couple feet can make a big difference in reception. Scan your channels. Check the TVâ€™s reception. Once you have located the best spot for the antenna, anchor the antenna in place.
Things You'll Need
Screwdriver Socket set or other tools needed for your specific antenna model
#1 You should have a partner help you when relocating the antenna. Use this web site to help you locate your local broadcasting transmitters in your area: http://www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html Type in your the code and a map will appear with flagged pin points showing the local transmitting towers in your area. #2 Look around at your neighbors houses and locate the houses with Roof mount or pole mount antennas. Pay careful attention to the type of antenna, and the direction it is facing. See if there is an antenna that is close to your antenna design. If there is, reposition the antenna, so that it is facing in the same direction as your neighborâ€™s antenna. Check to see how the reception is. If your houses are close, the best reception is usually in the same direction.
Do not relocate antennas near power lines because it can cause serious shock or death.
ReferenceTechlore: How to Improve the TV Reception From Your Antenna [http://www.techlore.com/article/10033/How-to-Improve-the-TV-Reception-From-Your-Antenna/]
ResourceAntennas Direct: Transmitter Locator [http://www.antennasdirect.com/transmitter-locator.html]