Debbie Davison is a technology enthusiast and she loves watching movies and TV. By writing for Australian Antennas, she gets the opportunity to talk about her interests. In this article, Debbie gives some tips on how use the digital TV antenna selector in choosing the right TV antenna.
Choosing the appropriate antenna for your digital TV can be very confusing. Unlike the reception of analog devices, a digital television’s reception can cause your heart to break. This is because when you choose the wrong antenna, a message saying “no signal available” will be displayed on your screen.
For this reason, many ask the question, “What is the perfect antenna for my digital television?” In response to this question, here is a guide for you.
1. Find the digital television transmitter closest to you.
With the help of the Internet, it will be easier for you to find the nearest DTV or digital television transmitter to your home. You only have to provide some vital information, such as your home address, so as to get an improved reception.
2. Check whether the digital channels within your location airs on the UHF band.
Otherwise known as the decimetre band, the Ultra High Frequency Band is a radio frequency that ranges between 300MHz and 3GHz. When using websites in checking the radio frequency of your favorite digital stations, you can either look under the “band” and the “channel” tab. From there, you will know what antenna type works best for you.
3. Find out the distance of the antenna from the transmitter.
To get the best possible reception, sometimes, you have to consider the distance of the antenna to the transmitter. However, this doesn’t only refer to the interior placement. For instance, an indoor antenna works best if its distance from the transmitter is within a 15 mile range, a short range antenna if the distance is within 25 miles, a medium range antenna if the transmitter is located within 10 to 55 miles, and a long range antenna if the distance is already within 50 to 70 miles.
4. Determine which sort of antenna you need: a uni-directional or a multi-directional.
While most cities television stations broadcast from one main area, others have transmitters scattered all across the nation.
So, before you buy an antenna, you need to check your favorite stations are transmitting from the same location. If this is the case, you can use a uni-directional antenna; otherwise, you have to use a multi-directional antenna.
5. Be careful when using amplifiers.
An amplifier doesn’t always boost the reception of your favorite television channels. Sometimes, this can only add noise to a certain signal, which results in disruption or even pixilation. Signal amplifiers are only used in the event when broadcast towers are located at a distant location or if getting a reliable and clear reception is really a problem.
6. Research ahead.
Before you proceed to buying an antenna, make sure you do some thorough research. No matter how small your home is, it would be easier for you to choose the best and most efficient antenna if you already know the differences in the available options for you. This way, you wouldn’t be wasting any time and money only to find out you got the wrong antenna for you.
At the end of the day, the decision to which particular antenna you will be using lies in your hands. So, it would really be a good start to gather some important facts regarding your antenna needs. By then, you should be able to get the right antenna based on your location.
Debbie Davison loves movies, computers, and anything that helps improve our lives. At the moment, she helps put content together with an amazing team at Australian Antennas and is currently growing her career with the technology space with a strong personal online presence. You can reach her through Twitter: @DebbieDavison