There are times when the channels do not appear clear or it gets blanked out. When you are trying to watch your favourite television channel through an OTA antenna, you may find that the signal is quite weak. Note that a TV antenna comes along with a lot of pros and cons. There is no need to get too stressed out on this. Just by following simple steps, you can overcome this technical issue and enjoy issue free programming.
Even with the best of TV antenna, there are chances that you may face issues of signal weakness. This can occur due to three factors:
- Placement of the antenna
- Any obstructions
- Location of the broadcasting tower
It may take some time to identify the exact cause of signal issue. But if you face this issue quite often then take appropriate steps to ensure that the signal does not drop off and also the reception is clear.
Try the below techniques to enjoy all of your favourite channels:
- Adjust the placement of the antenna: One of the common factor that can lead to weak signal is the placement of the antenna. Since the signals fly in air, there can be lot of invisible traffic or hiccups. The introduction of cellular services that led to an increase in the airwaves traffic. This in turn can lead to weakening of the TV signals. In case if you reside near a metal building that interferes with the signal then the TV signal would get impacted.
Try to play around with the positioning of the antenna. Place the antenna as high as possible. In case of indoor antenna, place them high on the wall or window. In case of outdoor antenna, place them on the roof pointing towards the direction of the broadcasting tower. Always direct the antenna towards the broadcasting tower to get the best possible signal.
- Amplifier or signal booster: Just as the name suggests, these devices help in boosting the signal reception. These devices are either built in the antenna or they are available as separate models. They can help in extending the range of the TV antenna. Whenever you purchase a TV antenna, there is a special mention of the range that is covered by the antenna. It can be 20 miles, 50miles or 80 miles. The amplifiers or boosters further help in extending the range that is covered by the antenna. So, if your antenna can cover signals that fall within 30 miles. By connecting the booster, you can increase this range to further 20 miles, taking the total covered range to 50miles.
- Adding coaxial cable: Most of the antenna comes along with a coaxial cable. Though it is available free of cost but it can also cause hindrance. A little extra of coaxial cable can help you get additional free channels. Having a longer cable would allow you to place the antenna higher up on the wall or window. Due to the highest position of the antenna, you can receive stronger signals.
Adjusting the TV antenna or carrying out some hack would help in boosting the TV antenna signal. It would be surely worth trying to carry out those hacks to get additional channels free of cost.