How to Connect an Old TV Antenna to Your Digital TV?
More and more number of people are shifting back to TV antennas and ditching the cable or satellite TV. In case if the individual already had a TV antenna in the past, would it work now for the digital TV. TV antennas basically do not differentiate between the analog signals and digital signals. You can call them as a collection of metal rods which are there to pick up the UHF and VHF signals are certain frequencies. The TV antenna basically would not even care as to what they are picking up. Its work is to just pass the signal that it is receiving from the broadcasting tower to the tuner wherein it would be decoded in such as format so that it can be displayed on TV. While you can say that there are various newer models of antenna available in the market, the older ones are still better to be used. However, one should ensure that they are large enough and also positioned in a proper manner.
Based on the structure of the house and certain other factors, you may need few of the hand tools to get the connection carried out. You may need a balun, that is a device which looks into converting between unbalanced signal and the balanced one. Also you may need an RG6 coaxial cable.
The initial step in connecting the antenna to the TV is to get to the antenna. For those who already have the antenna mounted on the roof should exercise some caution. In case if it is placed on the attic then it becomes a bit easier. Route the antenna cable down to where the TV is. If there is no way to pass it then probably you would need to drill a hole so that it passes through to where the TV is placed. The other end of the coaxial cable should be connected to the TV. Since the antenna was already in place hence there is no further work required on that part. Once the cable is connected to the TV, switch on the TV. Now run a scan for the channels. Just check if you are receiving all of the local channels. You would be surprised that there would be certain HD channels as well. There are certain devices which may need to get re-scanned from time to time whenever they lose the broadcasting signal.
Basically it would be dependent on how strong the reception signals are present in your area. Getting the TV antenna connected would not only provide for free local channels but it may also provide other regional channels such as news, movies, cooking shows, weather and so on. In case if you are unable to get any channels even after the scan, carry out a thorough check at all of the connections. If all looks good but the channels still do not show up, then probably you may need to look out for another TV antenna.