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4. High Definition > 33. Erect an OTA Antenna

Erect an OTA Antenna

Once you’ve got an antenna, there’s as much knowledge involved in mounting it correctly as there was in selecting i. If you don’t hire an installer, you’re going to need some basic knowledge to get things right.

Once you’ve got the right antenna [Hack #32] , you’ve got to put it up. I’ve separated selection of an antenna from installation, as many folks will allow someone else to take care of installation once the initial purchase has been made. Still, installation and mounting are common tasks, and assuming you understand the possible problems, you’re ready to get an antenna set up by yourself.

Proceed at Your Own Risk

There is a chance that the first antenna you install won’t meet your expectations. Once an outdoor antenna has been installed, the seller won’t take it back; even RadioShack won’t take back an installed outdoor antenna. The cost of a second antenna might wipe out any savings you hoped for by doing the job yourself. Further, an installer won’t charge you for two antennas if he is wrong on the first try.


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