Antenna installation / work


Antenna and cable work Surround sound installation

We have been installing antennas since the 1960’s. Being one of the last antenna installers in the LA area we know which antenna is best for you and what areas you can expect good reception in. We install them so they stay up and make sure you do not end up with a leaky roof. We use only the best Winegard or Channel master antennas for longevity and quality reception. We can extend cable lines for you and we install surround sound systems as well. We do not run wires vertically through walls though but we can run them under most houses if necessary. Running cable or speaker wires under houses can cost more.

Please call for pricing as there are a lot of variables in antenna work.

Most frequently asked questions:

What kind of antenna do I need today?

Today we must still use a combination antenna since the local stations channel 7 to 13 decided to continue broadcasting in the VHF band. The longer elements on an antenna are the ones that pick up this band. If they had stayed in the UHF band antennas could have been made smaller as the smaller elements on an antenna are for the UHF band.

What’s different about the new digital signal?

With the new digital HD signal we have found that rabbit ears do not work very well anymore unless you are in a very good reception area. We now need larger antennas and newer antennas. What worked in the past may no longer be good enough as the digital signal has to be strong enough or you will not see anything. With the older analog signal, if the reception was weak you could still see a picture but it might have snow in it. That is not true in with the digital signal. There is no more snow or ghosts but if the signal is not strong enough you will not see anything at all. So today we need better antennas and that usually means larger antennas.

How to pick an antenna?

When you get right down to it, it is mostly trial and error. Antennas are rated by the number of pieces or elements (the cross pieces). The more cross pieces, the stronger the antenna is and the better it will pick up a signal. In the San Fernando Valley and L.A. area we are typically using either a 30 element antenna or a 53 element antenna. The larger one is used in a bad reception area or when you are running four TV sets with lots of long runs. There are also very large and very expensive fringe antennas. Usually these are used on multistory buildings or in very bad areas. You cannot guarantee to get all the channels in every location.

I avoid amps whenever possible as they have to be plugged in and can add noise to the signal. A good antenna should not need to be amplified. Usually small 1 element camper type antennas are amplified because the antenna itself is too small to gather enough signal so they have to put an amplifier in it. The only conditions where I use an amp is if you are in a very bad reception area, like behind tall buildings or behind mountains or you have a very long lead in from the antenna to the set (over 100 feet). In that case you are just trying to push the signal down the long lead in. I would try a push down amp first, rather then one that is at the set and just amplifies what is coming in. But before using an amp I would first try a bigger antenna, try the modification of this antenna mentioned below or try different wire first. We only use RG6 coaxial wire today. But if you already have RG59 then it would be a good idea to replace it with RG6. Flat antenna wire had even better gain but it is no longer made.

Rotors. If the transmitters in your area are located in different locations, more then 30 degrees from where you are, then you may need a rotor to turn the antenna. You could also put two antennas up and just switch them down at the set with an A/B switch. Which is cheaper and easier then using a rotor. I do not know of any good multi directional antennas. Some of the camper type multi directional antennas may work if you are not too far from the transmitters and in a good reception area.

Attic installations. If you are in a strong area you can put the antenna in the attic but you cut the signal down by 50% percent when you do that. Again it is trial and error.

How many of these antennas can you tie together? I have not tried more then two but, if done correctly, there is no reason you could not put up an array of 4 as long as the lead from each to where you tie them together are all the same length. The more elements there are the more signal you can capture.

Does it matter how high the antenna is mounted? In some areas like behind hills, tall buildings and mountains it could make a difference. Again, it is trial and error.
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