Do you need to use an “approved” antenna mast?

When we ask why people don’t buy antennas from us… those few folks who decide to buy locally tell us that one of the issues is that antenna masts are expensive to ship. Yes, we do get that. They’re big and heavy. We do think our masts and mounting supplies are top notch, and personally I hope you’ll browse through them and find something that meets your needs.

But let’s say for a moment that you want a new antenna but you think you can mount it to a fencepost, or a pipe, or a chimney. Is that ok?


Anything that you can mount an antenna to is just fine, provided that it’s strong enough. We don’t recommend that you attach an antenna to a thin wooden dowel, or hang it from a piece of wire, but when it comes to masts and mounting supplies, I’ll be honest. There’s nothing magical about an antenna mast that makes it any different from any other piece of galvanized pipe. It just happens to be the right size and shape to work perfectly with an antenna.

If you choose to get an antenna from us and get a mast from a local fence shop or home improvements store, we’re completely ok with that. We want to make sure that you’re getting the free TV you deserve, and we want to help you do whatever it takes.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.