How to Install our Outdoor TV Antennas
First you would need to decide whether or not you want to install it on the roof, on a pole or in the attic. Ideally, installing on the roof offers optimal results. The less obstruction between the antenna and the broadcast towers, the better you will receive your channels.
Even if you live in an apartment, you may be able to install an outdoor antenna. Consult your landlord. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits restrictions of antenna installation or use to receive TV programming.
Our antennas work best with the included 30’ RG6 coaxial cable.
You may start to lose signal strength any longer.
Our antennas also do not rotate if you choose to use a splitter or extend the cable. Please use one single coaxial cable.
Assemble your antenna by following the instructions from the manual it came with then choose a method of installation that works best for you.
Please note that this can be dangerous. Be sure to take the safety precautions.
• Avoid going on the roof after rain, snow, ice or high winds.
• Be sure to use a ladder high enough for the roof.
• Wear shoes with good grip
• Have a friend or family member help if possible
• Avoid power lines or any other wires
• Try not to install your antenna beneath a large tree branch. Chimney mounting can shorten the antenna’s life due to the smoke coming out
You may need to bring the following with you to the roof:
Assembled antenna, mounting hardware, Drills, wrenches, pliers,
1. You would need a mounting kit along with your antenna. Here are the several mounting hardware we have, we usually do recommend the J-mount.
2. Choose a spot to install your antenna. You can either choose the peak of your roof, the side of your roof or the chimney.
3. Find a spot and make sure the bolts are mounted on a solid surface. Mount it properly making sure it is secure.
4. Insert the antenna to the pole/mounting kit and make sure it is secure. Follow the instructions on how to attach it.
5. Run cable from the antenna into your home. If you had an older antenna, you can follow the old path.
6. Use cable ties and weathertape to secure the cables to your house.
On a Pole
You can also install your antenna on a free-standing pole. You can purchase a pole for a couple dollars from your local hardware store, a Lowes, or Home Depot. For the Spectrum 6, 7 and 100, you will need a 1" pole. We suggest a longer pole to reduce the amount of obstacles. Secure a freestanding pole on a tripod. And follow the instructions from 4-5 above.
Depending on your location, an attic installation may not work if you are receiving weak signals already. An attic installation often leads to up to 50% of signal strength loss as a result of the roof. A metal roof would also be unsuitable for attic installation. Any metal, foil or masonry should not obstruct the antenna and the line of signal. The less obstruction between the antenna and the broadcast towers, the better the results.
The advantage is that installation is much easier to do it yourself. You wouldn't have to climb on to the roof. The antenna is also indoor which would increase the longevity of the antenna and is not exposed to extreme weather conditions.
An attic installation on a metal roof is highly discouraged and would probably not work.
Wear appropriate clothing, long sleeves and pants with gloves.
If you have a respirator, wear that
Safety glasses if possible.
Only step on trusses and joists.
Don't touch vermiculite, insulation, wiring on any animals
You can install your
You can install your antenna on a pole and secure it with either a:
Universal attic/roof mount purchased here
You can also install it onto a J-mount and mount the J-mount onto the floor of your attic.
You will need to run the cable to your TV. Many find running through the walls to be ideal. You can also dripp a hole though your attic wall and run it on the outside of the house.
More information on Attic installation here
How to Ground a TV Antenna
When an antenna is installed at a high point on your roof, there is a small chance that it can get hit by lightning. The prevent this from happening, you would need to make sure that the antenna is grounded properly which can dispel static electricity build up. It is also required by law to ground your antenna.
For more instructions on how to ground an antenna, click here
Grounding an antenna by Ariel Carmona
How To Ground A HDTV Antenna by TK Tsumura