In the old days before cable was not invented yet, over-the-air TV reception was only possible with antennas. Unlike with cable, antennas often required precise positioning and the use of aluminum foil to get clear reception; despite all the hard works, antennas were considered engineering marvels in the past. Now that we have Internet and cable TV, you would think that antennas have become obsolete, but that is not always the case. Some (if not many) people still rely on antennas to watch their favorite TV shows, especially for those who live in areas where cable is not available yet or it is not even possible due to the lack of infrastructure development. Antennas still play major roles in modern world because sometimes there is just no better alternative available.
Technology has come a long way since the invention of antenna, but unfortunately it does not always mean that all modern antennas offer crystal clear TV reception. Antennas are available in numerous styles and from many different brands. Just like everything else in the market, variety does not necessarily makes choosing easier. In some places, directional antenna seems to be to the right choice; in other places, you may need multi-directional model to get good reception of all stations you want to watch. There are at least three major factors to consider including:
- Broadcast transmitter location: most TV antennas need to be pointed in the direction of the broadcast transmitter for best reception. You need to know where the transmitter is before you install your antenna.
- Geographical landscape: once you know the location of the transmitter, you must consider the geographical landscape of the area. Although broadcast signals pass through tall buildings, trees, or any high elevation, the reception is better if they don’t have to go through all those obstructions.
- Your house: if you live in deep enough valley, you may need to put the antenna high; in case you live in high grounds, there is a good chance that you get good reception even from far away location.
The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) has a long list of radio and television broadcasting stations to help you determine the right type of antenna and where to install it. Sometimes you need multi-directional antenna instead of the single-directional model to get the benefit of flexible positioning.
One of the most important keys in installing antenna and getting the best possible reception is the willingness to undergo simple trial & error process. As easy as it may sound, the process can be time consuming and even frustrating regardless of where you are. Antennas Geelong helps you take away all the guesswork and install your antennas with great precision based on science. No more fuzzy blurry images and sounds; with Arrow Antenna, you can sit back and enjoy the view without the hassles.