Antenna alignment can be a very tricky subject indeed. As with most types of technology, there are specific things that antennas need that c
an make the difference between bad reception, fair reception and great reception. There are several things to be considered when you need to align an antenna.
Choose the best location
The location of your antenna is of utmost importance. This will determine how well your electronics receive the signal from the antenna. Most antennas are directional. This means that they receive their input mostly from one direction. In order to get the best reception, make sure that the antenna is placed as high as you can get it. Preferably on top of your home or even on a tower next to your home. Make sure it is pointed in the correct direction. Then, try to make sure there are no tall buildings in the pathway that will interrupt the signal.
Choose the best help
When it comes to finding help, there are several options. Of course, the first and most obvious option is to search online for the help you need. It can be truly said that the internet has the answer to almost any problem that we need solved. Knowing how to align your antenna is no different. A simple web search will help. Next to this, talking to people in your network such as friends and family may give you the answers you need. It may surprise you to find out who in your network has had this issue before and found a resolution for it. And the last option is to make a phone call to a professional installer. For a nominal fee you can have one installed in your home by a technician. These can be found on websites such as HomeAdvisor.com.
Choose the best tools
There are tools that can help you align your antenna. When you look them up on the internet sometimes you will find digital satellite finders. These are used for satellite television dishes etc. They do not appear (based on research) to be the same as an actual antenna alignment tool. The differences between those are stark. For one thing, an antenna alignment tool takes training to know how to use it. It doesn’t seem necessarily difficult but it is something that needs to be learned. However, the biggest difference comes in the price of the unit. Digital satellite finders can be a couple hundred dollars and cheaper. The average price of an antenna alignment tool is in the thousands of dollars. These are expensive units.
Choose the best direction
Earlier we talked about choosing the best location for your antenna. Now choose the best direction. The difference between location and direction is that, of course, location is where you place the unit. Direction is where the unit receives its input from. To make sure that you have the best input make sure the path is uninhibited by terrain such as buildings, large trees etc. Make sure that you know where transmitters are located. This way you can know better which direction to point your antenna.
So to recap what has been covered, you need to choose the best location in which to place your antenna. Choose a place that is free of line of sight obstacles and as high as you can get it. Then choose the best help. If a friend or family member can help then great. If not, perhaps you should call someone who knows how to install one professionally. Next, choose the best tools. If you are in the market for an antenna alignment tool, do your research and be well informed on the matter as these are expensive units. And lastly, choose the best direction to point your antenna. Make sure you know where the transmitters are that you are trying to receive and point your antenna in that direction.