Despite the common problems, there are many reasons to own an antenna. It helps you break the service agreement you had with your cable or satellite provider. More people than ever are cutting the cord and opting to watch free broadcast channels and to stream other television shows online.
Television Isn’t Receiving Signals
Your television may display a “No Signal” message when you turn it on. Once you install your antenna, change the input on your television to “Antenna” and run a quick channel scan. It should be able to locate your channels.
If not, it’s because your television isn’t in sight of the nearest broadcast towers. Buildings, trees, and other elements can prevent your antenna signal from reaching the broadcast towers. Placing your antenna in a higher or taller location can create a clear line of sight to the broadcast towers.
Television Can’t Locate Channels
Another common problem is that your television can’t locate any channels when you perform a scan. If you have five local channels, then you should be able to get additional digital channels. If the problem persists, check the antenna cable to make sure that it’s screwed in properly. If it is and the problem persists then the problem could lie with your antenna. Check the antenna for any sharp bends, twists, or kinks within its cable.
Television Finds Every Channel Except for One
Your television may be able to pick up more channels, except for one. That can be frustrating if it’s the one channel you want. Most antennas run on UHF or VHF frequencies. Although some UHF antennas may recognize VHF signals, it’s better to use an antenna that recognizes both.
Another issue is that line-of-sight problems could cause you from getting a signal. This has created a challenge in many apartment buildings. Lower elevation is a common sign of this problem. Change the location or elevation of your antenna to see if this corrects the problem.
The Picture is Snowy or Fuzzy
The reason for this problem is that your television doesn’t include a built-in ATSC digital tuner. If you purchased your television before 2007, you will need to purchase an external converter box or digital receiver. This will allow your antenna to work and your television to broadcast digital and HDTV channels.
Another option is to make sure your television’s output is set to “Air,” “Broadcast,” or “TV,” not “Cable” since you’re no longer using cable. Upon verifying this information, go to your television’s menu to scan for channels. If you’re still not receiving HDTV channels, consult your television’s user manual or contact your manufacturer for more information.
The Television Signal is Breaking Up
You may live a few miles away from the broadcast towers, but the signal is still breaking up on your television. That means that your television is receiving interference. Contrary to popular belief, a stronger antenna won’t solve this problem. Instead, move your antenna to another location that’s not in close proximity to metal objects, electronic devices, or other antennas.
If the signal is still breaking up, your signal may be too strong. This could be resolved by using an attenuator. Consult your television’s user manual or contact your manufacturer for alternative solutions.
Inclement weather or too much metal can drastically change your antenna’s signal. Thanks to this guide, you can notice the signs right away. Follow the instructions in your television’s user manual if the above advice doesn’t help.