Antennas can be unpredictable. Sometimes getting an antenna signal is a tad too much to ask for. You twist and turn and change the position of the antenna all for nothing! If you’re faced with this challenge, fret not!
You won’t have to stop using your television simply because you can’t afford to get a sophisticated antenna signal to boost the number of channels on your television. We have done our research to uncover some other ways to increase the television signal without purchasing an antenna signal booster.
A Television antenna signal is an important device that every homeowner should have. When you don’t have satellite television, an antenna signal could significantly aid the best television experience.
If you don’t have the cash to spend, you should try these simple DIY methods of boosting television antenna signals. To get this done, you will need some equipments.
The idea is to reduce expenses as much as you can. Most of the equipments that will be required can be gotten with a little amount, others you already have. Some of them include:
- Television and Remote (duh!)
- Coax cable
- Electrical Tape
- Aluminum foil
- Duct Tape
Once you have gotten all these equipments, follow these simple steps to make the best homemade antenna to boost the television signal.
Disclaimer: Be very careful with electric components. You could get seriously injured or die. Please consult a professional if you’re a novice.
1. Make a Homemade Antenna
Cut The Cable
Grab the cable and cut it into half; this will allow you to make two antennas with one line. You have to be careful not to cut your hands or cut out the metallic shield while cutting the cable.
Take out the inner insulation. Turn the metal shield around to make a wire. Place the insulation around the copper wire and twist it. Once that is done, take out the white insulation.
Make the Antenna
This is the part that demands a lot of creativity.
Depending on which one you feel is good enough for you, the two are amazing ways of boosting television signals. However, there have been numerous feedbacks that the latter form of antenna, which demands that the end of the antenna be made open, can find more channels.
Connect the Aluminium Foil
You must ensure that the foil is connected to the cable appropriately. Also, you must see to it that the foil is tapped together with the cable. This is to ensure that they don’t fall apart during use. Once this is done, use the tape to glue the cable and foil to the wall.
Connect it to the TV
You will need a turner to have the homemade antenna connected to your television. Interestingly, most new-age Televisions have an inbuilt turner, so you don’t need to worry if your television is modern. Turn on the tv and connect the uncut end of the transmission cable. From the list of options provided, choose the model of television.
After that, click on the Menu button from the remote, locate the Settings icon on the television screen, click on it. From the options available on the Settings, find CH Search or EZ Setup. Since you have connected the cable, it receives a signal from the air.
At this stage, you have to allow the television to search for channels. This may take few minutes, do not be in a hurry that you would disrupt the process. When the process is done, you will get better channels with solid signals.
With this, you can continue to get more channels with better signal strength. If your television comes with a signal setup option, you can tell if the antenna is positioned in the right place to get quality signal strength.
2. Boost TV Antenna Signal Using Metal Hanger
Another way to boost the TV signal is with the use of a Metal Hanger.
This is a seamless process. To get this done, you will need the following equipments:
- Metal Hanger
- Speaker wire
You will use the metal hanger as an external antenna to be mounted outside. One of the purposes of the speaker wire is to be used as an extension for the antenna. Join the wire and the indoor antenna together, tape the wire and hanger together to ensure that it doesn’t fall off.
Once this is done, place the metal hanger in a high position, use the tape to glue it to the spot. After that, switch on your television and try getting more channels. If you have done it the right way, you should have a quality signal and more Television channels.