How to Install a TV Antenna

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutter
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Drill and bits
Materials Required
  • Antenna
  • Mounting stand
  • Mast
  • Lead-in cable
  • Ground wire
  • Ground rod
  • Roofing cement

Before You Begin

The installation steps are listed below but reconsider installing an antenna yourself because working on a roof is dangerous working especially near power lines. Click Home Advisor and find prescreened qualified contractors in your area.

  • Step 1 : Read the manual

    Carefully read the installation manual that came with the antenna and make sure you have all the hardware required.

  • Step 2 : Assemble the antenna

    Piece and fasten together the components of the two main boom sections moving any elements out of the way to connect cross over wires. Then loosely attach one of the mast clamp assemblies to the main boom. Attach the other mast clamp assembly to the cradle boom. It should face the same direction as the boom's mast assembly. Unfold the two sets of metal support straps on the cradle boom and attach them to the main boom. Press the end plugs into the main boom and cradle boom. Then pull the UHF bowtie's two halves away from the main boom until they lock into place. Slide each half's unattached end over one of the antenna's lead-in terminals (one for each half of the UHF bowtie on each side of the boom).

  • Step 3 : Connect the lead-in cable to the antenna

    Thread the transformer's spade terminals through the antenna's strain-relief tab. Slide the spade terminals around the antenna's lead-in terminals on both sides of the boom. Then secure them with fastening hardware. Screw the F-connector onto the matching transformer and slip the weather boot over the connection.

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