You might be living in one of the most populous and centrally located suburbs on the Gold Coast or kilometres away from the nearest town, but wherever you live, you’ve likely just felt the need of sitting on the couch and watch TV sometimes. If your home is equipped with a TV antenna, you have likely faced disturbance in signal reception. Whether it’s during your favourite team playing or while your up late watching that cooking show, a bad signal can be frustrating.
But you don’t have to live like this forever. We’ve got a few tricks on how to boost your antenna signal and reduce the pixilation as much as possible.
Remove the foil: While foil on your digital antenna was a cheap fix in the days of rabbit ears, it probably isn’t doing much good now. In principle, adding tin foil to your antenna would increase reception by expanding the antenna. In the past, this might have worked, but now it is equally likely to ruin your TV viewing experience. So if for some reason there is foil on your antenna (a DIY repair most likely), have it removed.
Reset your digital tuner: Your incoming signal is converted into a digital format that your TV recognises via a digital tuner. However, broadcasters update their metadata from time to time, which might interfere with your tuner’s ability to comprehend the signal. Because your digital tuner is utilising outdated data, it may not be receiving the right channel information.
Adjust your antenna: If a reset does not help much, you might want to adjust the position of your TV antenna. Make sure that there is a clear line of sight between your antenna and the transmission towers. Your antenna should be the highest thing on your roof. You might also want to make sure that the angle is perfect, and if it not, even the slightest change of a few degrees might make a difference. Finding the perfect spot won’t be problematic, and once you find it, it should greatly improve your experience.
Try a booster: Even if your antenna has been heightened and straightened, it may not be enough. It’s possible that the signal is simply too faint or too far away to get a good picture. An antenna booster or TV amplifier might aid in this situation. While many gadgets on the market today are basically plug-and-play, appropriate installation is still required.
Install a second antenna: Perhaps your antenna is in good operating order, but it is unable to pick up a signal from several towers. That implies a second directional antenna must be installed. This ensures that you receive signals from many transmission towers, with your TV selecting the optimum signal for each station. It’s critical to avoid stacking antennas or constructing them too near together, as this might cause problems. A distance of at least 1 to 2 metres between antennas is ideal. Then, using a coaxial signal combiner, you just connect them.
These are just a few tips on how you can boost your antenna signal. Of course we don’t recommend hopping up on your roof to repair or install an antenna. Call our friendly office and we’ll book you in for a quote.