The easy guide to aiming the Xtreme Signal HDB91X

Hi folks… truth is I was going to do a video about this but it’s so easy that it almost wasn’t worth it. The Xtreme Signal HDB91X has been a best seller at Solid Signal for a long time and it’s easy to see why. It’s inexpensive, durable, and powerful.

Step 1: Assemble the antenna

If you’re into reading, here’s the installation guide for the antenna. It will take you step by step. If you’re looking for a video version, you’re in luck as well:

So at this point you have that pretty much covered.

Step 2: Figure out where to aim

This antenna is very forgiving. In general you just need to aim it basically near a major city and it will work. If you want to be all scientific about it, get out your compass app, figure out where the closest large city is from your home, and use a compass heading.

Step 3: Put the antenna up as high as you can.

This antenna loves being up high. Put it up as high as you can. On the roof, on a tall pole, whatever. Put it up there and secure it well. Luckily it comes with mounting clamps that will work for pretty much any size pole or post.

Step 4: Run the cable to your TV, and connect everything up.

Using any sort of coaxial cable, connect one end to the antenna and one end to the TV. You will get a little better result if you use cable with a solid copper center conductor like our Solid Signal made-to-measure RG6 cable.

While you’re at it, find the grounding screw on the antenna and connect it to a ground source like a cold water pipe, grounding rod, or breaker box. Your local city hall can tell you what the ordinances are in your area. It’s tempting to skip this step because it won’t help your reception… but don’t. Get some ground wire and do it right. Trust me you will sleep better at night knowing you’ve done it.

Step 5: Scan for channels

This is different on every TV but it usually starts with pressing your TV remote’s MENU button. Look for an option like “Off-Air Setup” or “Cable/Air Setup,” something like that. Then look for an option like “Scan for channels.” All TVs have this option but you generally have to dig for it.

The scanning process usually takes under 5 minutes, so…

Step 6: Enjoy!

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