DON’T DO THIS: Mount an antenna by wrapping it up in cable

So the other day…

This customer buys an antenna from us. We ask, of course, if they need something to mount it with. They say no, it’s replacing an existing antenna. Of course we ask a few more questions, because not every antenna works with every mount and we want to make sure the customer has a good experience. And that’s when we find out that the customer has mounted their old antenna to a tree by wrapping the coaxial cable around it over and over until the whole thing stays put.

Oh dear.

Folks, please don’t do this. First of all the whole reason this customer was replacing an antenna was it wasn’t working very well for him. I don’t know what kind of antenna this was, but really, if you wrap any antenna up in cable it’s not going to work well. You’re probably going to break the cable for one thing. For another thing if you cover up part of the antenna (and this is what was done here) it’s not going to be as effective. I don’t terribly approve of mounting antennas to trees but TV antennas aren’t as sensitive as satellite dishes so the slight movements of a tree aren’t going to hurt reception. It’s more like, you’re not really helping the tree here.

In this case, we did end up selling the customer a tripod mount and suggesting they run new cable from the antenna. They reported back to us that all their reception problems were magically solved! No word or comment from the tree on all of this.

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