Despite its incredible size, almost every part of Australia has access to some form of ‘free to air’ television. So, if your home isn’t picking up any channels, the problem is with your receiving equipment. It’s quite common for households to be using the wrong antenna and this has a direct impact on the quality of TV signals.
If you’re frustrated by consistently-poor reception or don’t get any channels at all, it’s time to check your equipment. Fortunately, antenna installation in Melbourne is a quick and affordable process. It’s the fastest way to get your television running if it turns out the current setup is unsuitable. Plus, it’s a lot safer than clambering onto the roof to change it yourself.
This article explores some common antenna issues and explains what receiving equipment is needed to pick up strong signals.
What You Need from Your Antenna
Basic antenna systems consist of the outdoor antenna, a coaxial cable, and a fly lead that sits between the wall plate and television set. All of these components must be working properly for the device to pick up signals. However, not every antenna will be a good fit your home. Keep this in mind.
If you live in an area that’s prone to harsh weather, for example, the outdoor antenna may need to be reinforced or strengthened in some way. Driving rain, extreme winds, and even large flocks of birds can dislodge and damage lighter devices. The consequence is a total loss of some or all TV signals.
It should provide enough signal gain for your specific frequency without needing help from an additional signal booster. These boosters are helpful in remote areas, where signals are weak. However, they can be unreliable and tricky to get right, so use them as a last-ditch measure.
The Equipment You Should Avoid
If you live in an area with strong signals, there’s no need for an indoor antenna. Any problems you have with poor reception are likely to be because the current antenna is unsuitable or dysfunctional. Indoor antennas just make the signal more susceptible to interference from mobile phones.
Sometimes, properties end up with more than one antenna. It may be that a new device gets installed and nobody takes the previous one down. This can interfere with reception, so it’s worth checking for redundant antennas if clunky signals continue to be a problem.
Finally, avoid antennas designed to receive FM radio or TV in VHF bands one and two (channels 0-5). In Australia, digital terrestrial channels are broadcast in VHF Band three (channels 6-12) and UHF bands five and six (channels 28-51).
Getting the Right Help and Support
If you want better TV reception, but have no idea where to start, get in touch with a local installer. They’ll identify the problem and make any necessary changes. We think of television as a very simple process. You plug it in, turn it on, and everything just works.
For the most part, this is how it goes. Governments put a lot of time and money into making sure all citizens have easy access to television. It’s only when problems develop that we’re reminded of the complex technologies behind ‘switching on and tuning in.’
So, don’t hesitate to call in a technician if your TV signal is unsatisfactory. You’ll get the peace of mind of knowing a professional is handling the equipment. And you won’t have to get the ladder out and find a way onto the roof. Everything will be fully operational within a few hours.
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