We know that it is just so frustrating when your TV reception begins to play up with horrible pixilation, just when you are watching your favourite programme or televised sporting event. If this is a recurrent problem, then you need to find what causes these interferences to get a permanent solution.
Before trying to find other sources that may be responsible for your poor TV reception, you need to ensure that you have an appropriate receiving system for your television. If you live between North Brisbane and Noosa there are seven different transmitters for TV reception, so to get your TV signal problems solved effectively, you need to find a reputable company which specialises in TV antenna installation on the Sunshine Coast.
Now let’s look at reasons that may cause interference which can cause bad TV reception.
Inadequate antenna setup
Having an inadequate antenna may be the root cause of your reception issues. If your antenna system is not properly set up, then this can cause poor reception. Poor cabling and incorrect use of masthead amplifiers can adversely affect your TV reception and you will need to have this rectified. Always use professionals to get the work done to avoid any future mishaps.
How far you are from a transmitting tower affects the quality of your TV reception. Basically, being further away from a transmitting tower can create poorer TV reception. If you are located close to the transmitter and you find that your reception is still poor, that may be an indication that there are other factors that may be hindering your TV antenna from picking up signals.
Age and condition of your antenna
Statistics show that about 600,000 antennas are sold annually in Australia which means that an average householder upgrades or services their antenna every twelve years. On the other hand, an antenna’s average age in Australia is supposed to be five years. A lot can happen in 12 years and change in the local environment and new structures coming up can definitely affect the performance of an antenna. If you are experiencing bad TV reception and you’ve had your TV antenna for more than 5 years, you may need to upgrade some of the parts of the system or get a whole new antenna.
Setup changes in your TV
If your reception has been good but has then suddenly changed for the worst, then this could mean there have been some changes to the signal itself. These changes can come about if the physical location of your antenna is altered by yourself (or another roof worker), strong winds or water damage from recent heavy rains. Setup changes can also come about if you run several televisions off a single antenna or if you’ve had your roof done recently that could change the position of the antenna.
Check to see that the antenna is at its rightful position. You can also look for rusted wall plates or faulty TV fly leads. It needs to be ascertained that the antenna and TV reception booster (if you have one) is functioning correctly. Again, you should call a professional with a proper field strength meter and ample experience to evaluate most of these things for you.
Line of sight
Being near a transmission tower does not automatically mean that you will have good reception. What also matters is what lies between your antenna and the transmission tower. If you live in a flat area that is not very populated, then you should have pretty good reception. But if the area between you and the transmission tower has mountains, tall buildings, or even mobile phone towers, then the quality of your TV reception could be heavily affected. These areas are usually known as ‘black spots’.
Any of these above reasons may be the reason you are experiencing bad TV reception. However, you also need to consider how old your TV is. If you have an old TV model, then that could be an indicator that you need to upgrade and buy a more recent model.
You can also verify whether the problem could be caused due to changes in the TV network transmission by visiting the MySwitch website