NEW VIDEO: How to aim an antenna with SignalScout

Everyone’s talking about the new SignalScout meter from Psiber. OK, it’s a little funny looking. Yes, your monitor is right, it’s red and purplish. But don’t let the outside fool you. It’s the most capable signal meter you’ll find for the price, and it performs as well as meters costing four times as much. If you’re a tailgater or even just someone who likes to tinker, you’ll want to add this one to your toolbox.

The features that make it easier

There are a bunch of built-in features that make this meter really useful. One that isn’t so obvious is the clips on the back. You can loop a coax cable through one of them and it lets you hang it on the back of the antenna while you’re aiming.

This can be really helpful and help avoid you dropping the meter. The last thing you want to worry about while you’re up on a roof is losing control, either of yourself or of a device that cost you a little money.

If you do have somewhere to put the meter, the back has a handy flip-out stand that can be used as well.

Designed for easy aiming

The large color touchscreen gives you color-coded bars to tell you if your signal is good enough. Green means go, Yellow means be cautious, and red means, it ain’t gonna happen.

You also get a built-in compass, which you can see in this screen capture showing that you’re pointing East. While you may want to use your phone or some other compass, it’s nice to have this option if you don’t feel like more expensive stuff up to the roof.

Aiming is a breeze

One of the things I like about this meter is the pre-scan feature. It goes through all the available channels in one scan. That way when you’re aiming and you jump from channel to channel, you’re skipping channels that you’re never going to get. This can make things go a lot faster.

With this meter, start by aiming roughly toward the towers and choosing SCAN. Then check the signal level on several stations and adjust the aim of the antenna until everything is perfect. Then just tighten everything up and connect a TV. You’ll be set up in no time!

Don’t take my word for it

Here’s a video that takes you through the entire process.

I didn’t want this video to seem too “edited.” It’s deliberately rough around the edges so you can see how easy the process is. This is a great meter that will appeal to DIYers and even some professionals. It comes at a great price, too, and of course you can get it now at Solid Signal. If you need help choosing an antenna or any accessories, give us a call at 888-233-7563 during East Coast business hours. We’re here to make sure you have the best possible experience! If it’s after hours, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.


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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 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.