A digital TV antenna installation in Melbournecan be relatively easy, however, there are a few things to be considered. It will depend on your location and the signal strength at your location.
Assessing your signal availability can be fairly simple or complicated depending on where you live in Melbourne. If you are in a suburb, you could look at the houses on your street or suburb. If they have a small antenna mount with a particular type of antenna, chances are the same set up will work for you.
Accessing the government site and inputting your address will give you a predict of your signal quality in your area. It will also give you the band coverage and polarisation for your area. You will need to purchase an antenna with the correct band coverage and polarisation for your TV installation.
The type of mount is determined by your region. In areas with strong signal, it won’t really matter where you place the antenna. In most areas, however, you will get the best results by selecting the proper location and type of mount. A few things to consider are location on the roof. Your antenna should be mounted on the same side of the house as your TV transmitters. The second thing to keep in mind is the higher the better.
If you do not have a ceiling cavity, or you have an asbestos roof, you should use a fascia mount into a wooden board. Otherwise a tripod mount should be used for tile or metal roofs.
Now that you have the correct antenna based on band coverage and polarisation, as well as selected the appropriate mount, it’s time for your TV antenna installation. Keep in mind that there should be assembly instructions with your antenna and you should follow them.
- Loosen the pole clamp until it’s wide enough to get onto the pole. This prevents snagging and damage.
- Lower the TV antenna down onto the top of the pole.
- Tighten the screws using your fingers enough for the TV antenna to grip onto the pole but loose enough that it can be moved easily.
- Aim the TV antenna to line up with the TV station transmitter site.
- Tighten down the antenna pole clamp just enough so that the antenna cannot be moved easily by hand. Do not over-tighten though because this may create problems in the future.
- Run a length of cable though the entry hole in the roof, enough to reach the splitter location. You may need to punch a small hole in the sarking.
- Cut the cable at a generous length to reach the TV antenna cable connector.
- Put the cable waterproof sealing boot on the end of the cable.
- Terminate the cable with an F connector.
- Screw the F connector into position and push the boot over the connector and socket securely.
- Cable tie the cable to the pole, leaving a service loop at the bottom of the pole.
- Reseal the cable entrance hole. For tile roofs, pull the tile back down into place. For tin roofs seal it with a under the ridge cap.
Once your antenna is connected to the coaxial cable you are ready to sit back and enjoy your favourite TV shows