How To Point RV TV Antenna For Better Quality?
So you have tried moving your TV antenna in every direction and angle but it won’t stop showing poor quality signals. You have toyed with the antenna in every possible manner but nothing has changed?
If yes, you’re not alone in this. Most other new Rvers usually get frustrated trying to adjust their RV TV antenna to give better signals and give up when nothing seems to work.
But we’re about to help you solve this problem for good. In this post, you’ll discover how to point your RV TV antenna for better signal quality.
The Perfect RV TV Antenna Placement:
There’s no proven direction for pointing your RV antenna to enjoy quality pictures on your TV. You can simply experiment with rotating and moving your antenna until you discover a direction that gives you the best signal.
Most people, however, make the mistake of changing the antenna direction and not rescanning their TV. This is where the frustration sets in as you might think nothing is working.
For the best signal quality, you’d want to place your antenna as high as possible. However, this might not work for everyone, especially if you park your camper in an area close to broadcast towers or obstructions such as trees, buildings, and more.
If you don’t see any changes in your TV signal quality, you might consider installing a TV antenna rotator. This device lets you control your antenna direction so that it points in the direction of the transmitter. This enables you to fine-tune your antenna position for the best signal possible from a single location, rather than from a wider area.
If you have tried all the above antenna placement tips and nothing seems to work, you might want to try something different to see if it’ll improve your TV signal.
Here are some proven tips to help you better the signal:
Change your RV parking location.
Where you park your RV can also affect the TV signal. For instance, if you park in low valleys or areas surrounded by obstructions such as tall buildings, trees, mountains, and hills, getting a good signal might be impossible.
If you want to maximize the quality of the signal you get from your RV, we highly suggest that you park your camper on high ground. Also, try to park your RV as far away as possible from these obstructions.
Use a signal meter
When looking for the perfect place to park your RV for excellent reception, you might consider using a signal meter. This is a device designed to help you easily find the strongest signal.
To use it, you simply connect it to your RV TV crank-up antenna or satellite dish and then rotate your antenna as you normally do when searching for a signal.
As you rotate your antenna, keep an eye on the meter’s display and lock the antenna where the signal reads the strongest.
Repeating this process each time you move your RV to a new location helps ensure you always enjoy quality TV signals.
Check your cables
You might be surprised that the problem lies in the cables you’re using and not the antenna itself.
If you’re using coaxial cable, inspect it for any fraying or rips along its length. In case of any of these, consider replacing it with a better cable.
Also, check the quality of the cable as it might the reason you’re receiving low-quality signals. Coaxial cables marked RG-59 are usually associated with poor quality.
Upgrading to a high-quality RG-6 coaxial cable that comes with better shielding work can help significantly reduce electromagnetic interference and signal noise—dramatically increasing the quality of your signal.
The antenna you’re using might be the problem
The antenna you’re using might not be capable of obtaining the signal quality you’re looking for.
In that case, you’ll have no other option but to part ways with it and invest in a new model that can deliver quality signals.
Going through the RV TV antenna reviews from previous users will help you easily choose the correct TV antenna for better signal reception.
Consider investing in a TV Antenna Booster
Another way to solve the issue of weak TV signals involves using a TV signal booster.
If the coaxial cable running from your RV TV antenna to your TV is long, using a signal booster is a great way to improve the quality of the signal.
Also, if the broadcaster towers for your favorite TV channels are located far from you, using the antenna booster can help enhance the signal quality.
Use online tools to search nearby TV stations
If you want to watch the TV stations in your area but can’t get a better signal, you can turn to online tools that help you determine how far you’re from the TV stations in your area.
These tools also tell you the right direction to point your TV antenna to pick up strong signals.
One such helpful website is the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) owned antennaweb.org, which is 100% free to use.
If you have tried everything with your RV TV antenna but it keeps on displaying those annoying grainy pictures, don’t give up yet.
Find your camper a more suitable parking location, away from obstructions broadcast towers and try moving your antenna in various directions until you find a spot that gives you the best signal quality. And don’t forget to rescan your TV every time you change the antenna position.
If nothing seems to work, you can use a combination of any of the tips and tricks we have outlined in this guide to help you get quality signal for a more enjoyable TV watching experience.