Believe it or not, indoor antennas are still a thing. There are still houses in Australia that makes use of the nostalgic bunny-ear antennas that we commonly use back in the day. However, unlike modern-day antennas, it can be a bit challenging to pick up all of the TV channels in your area in a crystal clear HD quality signal. But despite that, it’s still possible; that’s if you follow these five essential tips to get the best receptions with an indoor TV antenna.
1.) Determine the exact location of the Broadcast Tower in your Area
Before you even think about where you should conduct your indoor TV antenna installation, you need first to identify the location of your local broadcast towers. It will be ideal if you do this even before you purchase your antenna. Determining the exact location of your local broadcast towers will help you identify the precise power of the antenna you will need to buy to be able to get the channels you want to get.
So if, for instance, the majority of broadcast towers are within 20 miles, then an antenna with a 20 to 30-mile range should work wonders. Keep in mind that the farther you are to the tower, the more power antenna is needed.
2.) Go High (if you can)
There’s a simple rule in getting the best reception for your TV: “the higher, the better.” It’s essential that you keep in mind of this concept, as the signals are usually stronger and when your antenna is at a higher altitude. That explains why outdoor TV antennas pick up so many channels all at once. If you’re settling with an indoor TV antenna, the most that you can do is compromise and make the necessary adjustments. You can place your indoor TV antenna on the second floor to get the best reception or placeyour TV on or near a window.
3.) Place the Antenna Near A Window
Since an indoor TV antenna doesn’t have the same amounts of benefits compared to an outdoor antenna, you need to make adjustments on your approach towards TV antenna installation. So instead of the traditional rule of TV antennas, which is “the higher, the better,” you will now shift your principle towards, “the fewer obstructions between your indoor antenna and the broadcast towers, the better reception you will get.”
Thick walls and ceilings are considered as obstructions as they hinder the signal from entering your home. That’s the reason why positioning your antenna in or near a window will often yield the best and clearest receptions. However, you also have to make sure that there aren’t any obstructions on the outside like a big tree, a massive yard wall, or some power lines.
4.) Keep Your Indoor Antenna Away From Metallic Materials
Any metallic material placed near your antenna can hinder and interfere with your digital signals and potentially block what would have been a crystal-like, HD-like reception. So be careful of where you position your indoor TV antenna. If you’re not getting good quality receptions even if you’ve already placed your indoor antenna near a window, it might have something to do with the metal, anti-robbery bars attached to your window. In the same manner, if you have a metal roof, installing your antenna in the middle of an attic will also yield negative results.
5.) To Though Trial & Error In Your Indoor Antenna Placements
Despite following all the tips and tricks that you can find, it still falls to conducting indoor TV antenna installation in the most convenient place inside your home. Your indoor antenna needs to be in the best position that provides the best quality reception.
With these tips, you can even try out a few locations in your home and make the necessary adjustments when needed. If you are using a flat type antenna, experts recommend that you use an adhesive tape to help position your antenna in place as you run your scans. With a little bit of effort and perseverance, you should be able to achieve the best reception from your indoor TV antenna.