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Antenna FAQ



Questions about Antennas
• Which TV antenna do I need?
• Do I need an indoor or outdoor antenna?
• I live in an apartment and unable to install an antenna on the roof
• Do I need VHF or UHF digital TV antenna?
• Are your TV antennas analog or HD?
• Will trees and mountains affect the effectiveness of the antenna?
• What’s multi-directional and directional?
• Do I need to buy a rotor for my directional antenna?

Installation

• How do I install my indoor TV antenna? • How do I install my outdoor TV antenna?
• Do I need to ground my HD antenna to prevent against lightning?
• Do I need a converter box?

• Which TV antenna do I need?
Please click here (link to picking an antenna) to find out which antenna is most suitable for you.

I want to split to multiple TVs, where would I include the splitter?
If you want to connect to multiple TVs you will need to purchase a distribution amplifier. If you use a splitter you will have signal loss and rotation interference, which will make it so that you will not get the maximum reception. You can buy a distribution amplifier here:

http://www.spectrumantenna.com/product-p/sp-x4.htm

The setup will be a connection with a coax cable from

• Do I need an indoor or outdoor antenna?
You can read more about it here. In general, outdoor antennas are always more effective but you may purchase an indoor antenna if you live in a larger city and there is no way for you to install an outdoor antenna. If you live over 30 miles from broadcast towers, you should get an outdoor antenna.

• I live in an apartment and unable to install an antenna on the roof
You may purchase an indoor antenna if you live within 40 miles of broadcast towers. Beyond that, there is a chance that an indoor antenna would be ineffective. Please try to install it as high as possible. An outdoor antenna installed outside in your porch/garden/balcony will most likely work better than an indoor antenna.

• Do I need VHF or UHF digital TV antenna?
All our antennas are VHF and UHF compliant. Most stations in North America broadcasts VHF.

• Are your TV antennas analog or HD?
All our antennas work for analog and HDTV. Although analog TV would need a digital converter box.

• Will trees and mountains affect the effectiveness of the antenna?
Yes, please try to install your antenna as high as possible on your roof. You may live in an area that receives weak signals. Please check the tool here.

• How do I install my indoor TV antenna?
Your indoor antenna should come with instructions. The directions are usually simple, just connect it to your TV and you may place your indoor antenna anywhere near your TV, such as next to it or below it.

• How do I mount my outdoor TV Antenna?
Please click here for more information on how to install your antenna (link to antenna mounting site). The roof is the best place to install your TV antenna, and as high as possible. If you do install it on your roof, you will need to purchase additional mounting supplies. All our antennas already come with a mast. If you want to install it on the top of your roof, you will need to purchase a tripod and a pole.

  • If you want to install it on the chimney of your roof, you will need to purchase a chimney mount.
  • If you want to install it on the side of the roof, you will need a J-Mount.
  • If you want to install it on the flat part of the roof, you will need a non-penetrating roof mount.
  • If you want to install it on the eve of the roof, you will need an eve mount.
  • If you want to install it in the attic, you will need a tripod.

You may purchase these on our website and you may purchase poles from Home Depot or any hardware, home supply stores.

• Do I need to ground my HD antenna to prevent against lightning?
Yes you will need to properly ground your antenna, otherwise there is a chance that lightning may cause damages to the antenna and your TV.

• Do I need a digital converter box?
If your TV is older than 7 years, you may need a digital converter box. Please check your TV set to see if it has digital tuner (ATSC/NTSC) card built in. You may contact us and provide us with your TV model. Most flatscreen TVs do not need a digital converter box. The digital conversion in North America was completed in June 12, 2009. So if you can watch TV now, you probably already have a digital converter box or your TV does not need one.

• What’s multi-directional and directional?
Omnidirectional antennas receive signals from all directions and directional receives signals from one direction (approximately 30° wide) and you can rotate it with your remote to receive channels from another direction. The disadvantage of monidirectional antennas is that they are unlikely to receive signals beyond 40 miles and are affected by interference. Most of our outdoor antennas are directional.

Most of our indoor antennas are omnidirectional. Please check the FCC tool to locate where your broadcast towers are in relation to your address.

If you live in a metropolitan city where all the broadcast towers are in different directions and you live within 40 miles from them, you may purchase an omnidirectional antenna.

Do I need to buy a rotor for my directional antenna?
All our directional antennas come with rotors and will rotate 360 degrees with a remote.