Having an HD antenna is an excellent way to get free television channels. The size of your HD antenna will vary depending on where you live. Mounting an HD antenna can sometimes be difficult. If the broadcast towers are over 50 miles away, most likely you will have to mount an antenna in the attic or on the roof. This can take some time and planning. If you live in a major city or closer to the broadcast towers, then mounting your antenna in a window or by the television will work out fine. Let’s look at the different options for mounting an HD antenna.
What is The Best Way to Mount an HD Antenna?
This question ultimately depends on what type of antenna you will need. Window antennas are easy to install and most times you just stick them to a window or wall. So no real mounting system is required. Larger antennas will require you to mount them. You can use this website’s handy antenna locator tool to help you choose an HD antenna best suited for your area. Just type in your zip code and you will be presented with the channels that are available in your area. It will also show you how far away you are from the broadcast towers.
If you live more than 50 miles outside the broadcast zone, you will require an attic, balcony, or rooftop antenna. In some cases, even if you live close to the towers, having a larger antenna can enable you to receive even more channels.
Types of Mounting Options
How do you mount a larger antenna? There are several types of mounts that will work. Most antennas will come with some type of mounting system- a pole mount, rotary mount, stand, or clamping system.
Where is The Best Place to Mount an HD Antenna?
In most cases the higher the better, preferably away from any obstructions like a large shady tree or buildings. You should first determine where your antenna should face. Print out a broadcast tower map or use a smartphone app that will show you the best direction to face the antenna. These resources can be found by going to our article on how to choose an over the air antenna.
Once you know where the antenna should face, look at the optimal areas with the least amount of outside obstructions. Here are some options for you to consider when mounting the antenna.
I have my antenna in the attic, sitting in a crawl space. If you have an attic this is a great place to install the antenna. It is generally at the roofline of most houses and it should be high enough to avoid most outside obstructions. It’s inside the house and usually easy to get to. Depending on the size of your attic, you may have plenty of options for mounting. If you have a large attic, a pole mount or rotary antenna will work great. Smaller attics may require you to position or clamp the antenna between some floor joists. In most cases, you will also need to drill holes to snake the coaxial cables to the power amp and splitter.
Attic Mounting Options
Here are a few options to consider when mounting the antenna in the attic. Depending on the size and location of the antenna will determine the style of the bracket.
ANTOP Adjustable Attic Antenna Mount
HD Antenna L Bracket
Roof, Chimney, or Side Mounting
Roof mounting an HD antenna will require some extra work and planning. Larger antennas will come with a mounting system to attach to your roof. It is also possible to mount the antenna on the side of your house or the chimney. It will require you to drill holes to screw the mount to the desired location, then snake coaxial cable to a power booster or splitter. Make sure to ground the antenna using a grounding rod to protect your house from lightning strikes. Hiring a handyman to help with the installation can be a good choice if you are not able to do it yourself. If you are looking for a handyman for your area Amazon Home Services offers a nice option. Just type in your zip code and describe what you need done and contractors in your area will email a quote.
Roof and Chimney Mount Options
Here are some options to consider when mounting the antenna on the roof or side of the house.
The Universal Antenna Mount will accommodate most brands and styles of outdoor TV antennas. The mast section of the mount is adjustable and telescopes from 24 inches to 44 inches allowing for clearance on most pitched roofs.
Channel Master 3079 Antenna Mast and Pole Mount
The Channel Master 4” Wall Mount Kit allows you to attach an antenna mast, up to 1.5” in diameter, to any wall.
The Channel Master 5’ Antenna Mast is a 5-foot long, 18-gauge, galvanized steel antenna mast with a wedged end.
Channel Master CM 3092 3 ft Tripod TV Antenna Mount
The Channel Master 3’ Tripod Mount is used to hold a TV antenna mast. It works well for roof mounting an antenna.
Channel Master CM-3080 Antenna Chimney Mount
The Channel Master 12’ Chimney Mount is an excellent kit to secure a TV antenna mast to a chimney.
Rotary-mounted antennas are pole-mounted HD antennas that have a motor. They can work in an attic or roof. This allows you to move the antenna 360 degrees. They can be very handy if the broadcast towers are in several different locations. It enables you to dial in the reception for a particular channel. This will require power to the motor and controller box.
Rotary Mount Options
RCA VH226E Programmable Outdoor Antenna Rotator
The RCA VH226E programmable outdoor antenna rotator can provide easy TV antenna positioning from a remote location through the use of an electronic control box and control unit. It allows one to set up 12 TV stations for automatic antenna positioning with programmable memory. The infrared remote enables you to fine-tune the outdoor antenna easily from inside your home for a perfect picture. A digital display indicates preset and antenna position during operation.
If you live in an apartment or condo then a balcony-mounted antenna may work best. They are easy to set up and mount. Generally, they come with a clamping system allowing the antenna to mount to a railing or pole.
Balcony Mounting Options
ANTOP UFO 720°Dual-Omni-Directional Antenna
Preexisting Coaxial Cable
In some houses, the cabling may already be run for you. If you have wall jacks that were used for cable TV, then you can tap into that existing wiring. It can save time, money, and effort. You can run your coaxial antenna cable into the nearest wall jack and then to a splitter to the televisions. You can see our article on how it is done.
New Coaxial Cabling
If you do not have existing cabling installed, then you will have to snake the wiring from the antenna to the television. This can be easily handled by the average handy person. If you don’t think you can manage it, you can always hire an electrician to install the proper wiring.
If you live very far away from the broadcast towers it will take extreme measures to obtain any channels. This may require a very large antenna mounted on a long pole or scaffolding. This can be hit or miss but may be worth the effort.
There are several different ways to mount an HD antenna. If you are looking to get rid of cable, then it is worth a shot to install an HD antenna. Why not take advantage of free broadcast television? It is worth experimenting with some of these mounting options to see what free channels you can get. If you have any questions concerning your setup please feel free to comment below.