• 1) Your Location

The further you are away from the TV tower, the weaker the signal will be. Reception will be weaker in spots such as valleys, depression, next to a cliff or where tall buildings surround. This is due to electromagnetic waves bouncing or absorbing by these features.


  • 2) The Antenna

Many factors can affect the antenna’s performance and thus your TV reception quality. The spine of the antenna is pointed towards the source of the broadcast or transmitting antenna. The cross pieces should be adjusted to be horizontal or vertical depending on whether the transmitted signal is horizontally or vertically polarised. The direction and height of the antenna should be adjusted to obtain the best picture.


  • Keep your antenna in shape:
  • Visually inspect your antenna from the ground and check that it is still positioned correctly
  • Visually inspect the connectors and fly leads next to your TV receiver and ensure they are not damaged
  • Ensure all devices are connected properly to the antenna

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  • 3) The Location of Your Antenna

The most ideal location for your antenna to give you the best TV reception is on the roof, with a clear line of sight towards your nearest TV tower.


  • 4) Equipment

An antenna system consists of an outdoor antenna, a coaxial cable and a fly-lead between the wall plate and the TV. If your antenna system didn’t come with this equipment then you require the help of a professional!


  • 5) Cabling, Connectors and Fly Leads

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You should use quad-shield coaxial cable with compression F type connectors for the best TV reception, as they provide for better shielding against noise and external interference. Again, quad-shield fly leads should be used and maintained well to ensure good TV reception is available.


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  • Do I Have The Right Antenna?

The most common cause of poor TV reception starts with a bad antenna. An antenna that is poorly maintained, faulty or incorrectly installed will impair your TV reception quality. Following the recent switch to digital TV, now is the best time to check your antenna quality. These elements are important considerations when assessing your antenna:

  • 1) Where you live
  • 2) What equipment you have
  • 3) How your antenna is installed
  • 4) How your antenna is maintained

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  • The Right Fit:

The design, shape and type of antenna you have will affect its ability to produce good TV reception. In addition to this, TV reception is greatly affected by the way the antenna is installed. If you’re ever in doubt about your antenna, it is best to contact a professional to help you gain better TV reception.


  • The Right Frequencies:

Australia broadcasts in VHF Band III and UHF band IV and V. Your antenna needs to be designed to receive these frequencies in your area, remembering that frequencies are location specific.

  • The Right Antenna:
  • Should provide enough signal gain for your TV’s frequencies
  • Shows good directivity and front-to-back ratio so it minimises reception of unwanted frequencies
  • Is durable enough to withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Common Installation Problems:
  • Fallen over antenna

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  • Broken or Bent Elements on your Antenna
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  • Antennas that are too close to the roof
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  • Missing antenna elements
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  • Please Note: getting onto your roof to DIY repair or replace your antenna is incredibly dangerous. We recommend you call a professional to ensure that all work is done safely and efficiently.


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