Attic Antennas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Choosing the right antenna is critical to get the best reception, that’s a given. Sounds easy enough, right? But if you plan on wanting your antenna in your attic, there’s a few things you should know.

First, each antenna has a range and that range is usually based on the antenna being outdoors. Along with terrain and weather, there are many things that affect an antenna performance. Line of sight is key, and sometimes an attic mount is good for that with the height (depending on the height of the house). But the most important thing to know about range when mounting in the attic is that when you take that antenna that is 60 miles rated outside and mount in your attic, you lose anywhere from 40-60% of that range.

This is important to know because even the strongest UHF antenna has its limits, and there is more UHF than VHF out there most of the time. So if our strongest UHF antennas outdoor range is 70 miles, that means in your attic it could go as low as 35 miles or lower. This decreases the amount of channels you may receive and also cause more headaches with trying to keep a good consistent reception. This means if your towers are 25 miles or further out, you may not get them in your attic. Same goes for VHF accept the strongest VHF element can go 100 miles out doors so inside you’re looking at 50 miles give or take.

Second, remember everything stated above varies based on many factors. Hills, trees, bridges, buildings, valleys, mountains, weather, etc. are all playing factors in how signals travel and how strong they stay. Some people can use an attic mounted antenna no problem because they have no terrain and great line of sight to their towers.

In the end, you really should do your research or contact a Solid Signal Tech for advice on what you can and cannot get out of an attic antenna set up. We can look up your area and determine with your terrain, distance and location factors what antenna would be best along with other possible equipment you may need. Whether it’s in an attic or outside, we can help guide you.