How to Use a TV Antenna

A TV antenna is a practical, affordable, and efficient system that not only enables you to watch and enjoy all the local TV networks, but also gives you a chance to say goodbye to your expensive cable or satellite services. Broadcast networks deliver their programming over UHF (Ultra High Frequency) and VHF (Very High Frequency) airwaves. It is transmitted as analog, digital, as well as HDTV signals. All you need is a well-designed and durable antenna to receive these signals. Make sure to follow the user manual that comes with your antenna system to get the most out of it. Once installed, your TV antenna will give you access to your favorite TV content without making you pay hefty amounts.

Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Read Installation Guide

The user must go through the installation and maintenance instructions carefully. Follow all the guidelines in order to make the antenna system work properly.

Step 2: Connect the Antenna

While installing the antenna, consider using a compass to make sure it is precisely and accurately aiming toward the transmission source.

Look closely to find an antenna connection provided on your TV set. This connection is typically known as F-Connector. It may be a round nub having a tiny opening in the end. Though there are many designs of connectors, an F-Connector provides the highest quality digital signals. Use quality and durable coaxial RF cable to connect the antenna system to your TV. These cables usually come with TV antennas. Coaxial cables are of two types, push-on and screw- in. Though both styles work well, the screw-in type holds more tightly.

Step 3: Setup the TV Set

Open your TV’s setup menu. If you don’t know how to access setup menu, check your television’s instruction manual to determine the exact method. Set your TV input type to either air or antenna. Since some TV sets have more than one input formats, make sure to use the right input type to setup your antenna correctly.

Step 4: Reorient the TV Antenna

Check different channels on your television to determine the broadcast signals or networks you can receive. In case you notice a fuzzy or blurry picture, adjust the TV antenna until you get clear signals. Digital signal reception can usually be significantly improved by adjusting the position of TV antenna slightly. Rescan for all the available TV signals in case you miss any channels. If you’ve chosen a motorized antenna, you don’t have to go through the trouble of going to your rooftop to move your antenna. Make sure to do a complete channel scan whenever you change your antenna’s position.

Step 5: Locate the Local Broadcast Networks

Go through a customized chart or map for your region to identify each local network’s broadcast location. This will help you determine its broadcast angle as well as distance from your home. If you own a directional antenna, it will be easier to aim all the local channels that in a single direction.

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