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How high should I mount my TV antenna?
by brenton geyer
If your television reception is not as good as it should be maybe your antenna is mounted at the wrong height. Indications that you may have to adjust the height of your TV antenna include having a snowy picture, ghosting on the screen or lines of pixilation through the picture.
Of course, the wrong height of the TV aerial may be just one of the contributing factors to poor reception. Other reasons for an unclear picture may include an old or broken antenna, worn or inferior cabling or outdated technology. Whatever your problem, you may need to consult a TV antenna and aerial specialist. If you are experiencing problems, you should not assume that you need to replace or upgrade your existing TV or antenna. The problem may be solved easily by adjusting the height of the aerial.
If you've recently changed over from analogue to digital reception you may be experiencing issues with your reception, particularly if you are relying on your existing antenna to cope with the change over. Analogue and digital TV frequencies work differently with your new equipment and problems may occur caused according to how your old antenna is set up. A specialist TV antenna technician will be able to assess your position and advise the best way of achieving the result you want.
There is no one specific height that a TV antenna should be. The effectiveness of your aerial is reliant upon several factors - height is just one of them. The distance and line of connectivity of your aerial from the nearest transmitting tower will play a role in the quality of your reception. The physical environment around you will impact on how well your antenna picks up transmission. If you are in a valley surrounded by high mountains or if you are amongst numerous tall buildings, your TV antenna may need to be higher than average to overcome a 'black spot' scenario.
In general terms, the higher the antenna, the better the reception but local council bylaws govern the placement of structures such as TV aerials. Each area will have different conditions that you must adhere to so make the effort to contact your council for advice before attempting to erect a TV antenna. A TV antenna and aerial technician will be the best person to actually install your antenna but if you choose to do the job yourself, be aware that, in addition to getting the height of the aerial compatible with the laws in your area, the presence of mountains, buildings or trees that interrupt the line of transmission from your aerial to the transmitting tower will add complexity to the installation of the aerial.
To avoid complicated outcomes and ensure quality reception to your television, the aerial should be fitted by a professional technician. There are sure to be several operating in your area qualified to do the job for you. These specialists will understand the local conditions and install your TV antenna in the location, height and position that will give you the best possible reception.