Spring TV Antenna Mount Revamp

Spring is associated with cleaning, change, and updating. This season might be a good time to take another look at your TV antenna mount. It’s been up there all year, doing what it’s supposed to do, but what kind of shape is it in? Once the snow melts and the weather gets warmer, it will be a good time to get up on the roof and take a good look at it. (If you live in warmer climates, you might be able to do this today.) If you do, you might have some questions regarding your TV antenna installation. If you do, Solid Signal has the answers.

“Has my Antenna Mount Moved Slightly?”

Time and weather can cause your mount to move. If it has shifted more than an inch or so, you already know because you would lose reception. But what should you do if your installation only seems to have moved a little bit? We recommend resetting it. Look, if it’s moved a little, that means its likely loose and could move even further until it becomes a real problem.

What to do: Break out that TV antenna finder you used to mount your antenna and find the optimal signal direction. Once you know where the signal is coming from, you can realign your antenna and tighten down the connections. If you’ve done a good job securing your antenna, you should continue to get plenty of use out of it.

“Is a Cell Tower Going Up Near my Home?”

If so, there are some things you might want to consider. The most important one is whether the cell tower is close enough to your home to interfere with your TV signal. Cellular signal, also known as LTE signal, tends to interfere with antenna TV signal. Ask any cord-cutter who lives near a cell tower and they’ll tell you that this is a problem. Fortunately, there is a solution.

An LTE filter does exactly what you probably think it does. These devices filter out LTE signals so those signals don’t interfere with your antenna reception. That’s one possible option, depending upon what type of TV antenna you have. Getting a TV antenna with a built-in LTE filter is another option. It would be a one-time investment in a future of uninterrupted TV programming without any expensive cable bills.

There is another possibility concerning cell phone towers but it’s a rare one. There’s a chance that a new cell tower could be placed directly between your antenna and the local TV transmitters. Like I said, the odds of this are probably extremely rare but anything can happen in this crazy world we live in. If this does happen, you’ll have to install your TV antenna somewhere else on or near your home. Fortunately, you have options, including:

  • Installing your antenna on another part of your roof.
  • Getting a taller antenna tower.
  • Moving your antenna to the top of your garage or other structure.
  • Using another type of installation hardware, such as a J-mount or chimney antenna mount.

Your solution will depend upon a variety of factors, including your distance from the TV transmitters, overall terrain, and other things.

“Is This the Best Installation I Can Have?”

This is a question you might ask when you get up on your roof to check your antenna installation. It’s likely something you might ask if you dipped your toe in the water when you cut the cord. That small, affordable TV antenna might have been fine when you were new to the game. After a few years with it, you’re ready for a stronger TV antenna that receives more channels and sub-channels.

So, if you’re going to upgrade your antenna installation, what should you get? Generally speaking, bigger TV antennas can be better, but that approach doesn’t work for every installation. There are a lot of factors you need to consider. Do you need an amplified or non-amplified TV antenna? What about an LTE filter? These are just some of the questions you’ll need to answer if you want to upgrade your TV antenna.

“I Need Antenna Installation Help!”

If this is what you’re thinking, Solid Signal can help. We’ve been helping cord-cutters enjoy free TV since October 2002, and we have solutions to every issue mentioned in this post. For example, if you need to reinstall your antenna, the techs in our customer service department can tell you where the TV transmitters are in your area. And if you need a product recommendation for the ideal LTE filter of mounting option, we can help you there, too. Solid Signal provides the solutions you need for anything TV antenna-related. All you have to do is call our antenna experts at 888-233-7563.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.