You know how it is – there’s an important midweek sports game, you’ve got the beers in the cooler and your friends are about to arrive to watch it with you. On goes the TV and, to your horror, you discover a flickering screen with constant electrical snow. Oh, the disappointment! The shame!
Sadly, poor quality television reception, which can affect both picture and sound, is a relatively common occurrence. The good news is that, with a little investigation and/or consultation with an expert, it can usually be resolved by addressing one or more of these common problems:
1. Is it reception or interference?
This is important to establish before you can find a way to rectify the situation. Think about the answers to the following questions:
– Have you had the problem continuously for some time? Yes.
– Are your neighbors who are using their own aerials also affected? No.
Then the problem is likely to be reception, not interference.
– Does the problem occur only intermittently but reception is good most of the time? Yes.
– Do your nearby neighbors also experience the same thing? Yes.
Then the problem is more likely to be interference.
2. Installation issues
Has your antenna been installed correctly? If you don’t know, it’s a good idea to call in a specialist like Australian Antennas or an equally reputable contractor.
Installation is one thing that is worth investing in – if your equipment is setup incorrectly you could spend far more money sorting out problems than you did on the initial fitting.
Or it might be that your TV mast or antenna has become damaged in some way. This is important to check if there’s recently been bad weather, especially high winds or extremes of either hot or cold.
Obstruction usually occurs when the digital signal is blocked by a tall building or large tree. In some cases, e.g. where huge wind turbines have been installed in an area, you may not even be able to see the structure that is causing the problem. A little investigation may be required.
We all have so many electrical gadgets in our homes these days and their individual electricity surges and radio signals can cause problems. Cordless and mobile phones, hairdryers, baby monitors, dishwashers and other kitchen appliances may all affect TV reception.
6. Weather-related problems
Most people know that storms can interfere with TV reception, but there can also be problems when it’s warm and fine too, with high air pressure preventing you from enjoying all your favorite programs.
7. Incorrect equipment
If you are installing a new TV mast or antenna, do seek professional advice about the correct one to suit your needs. If you’re moving into a property that already has the equipment installed, you might find that it’s inappropriate for your uses and is the cause of the poor reception.
8. Faulty connections
Has a cable somewhere become dislodged? You need to make sure that your satellite dish, if you have one, is snuggly connected and that the cable from it to the rear of your receiver is undamaged and secure.
9. Transmitter work or faults
Sounds simple and obvious – but sometimes the solutions to issues are. Check, either by looking online or by calling your service provider, that there are no faults reported in the system. These can often be caused by an accident that has occurred or even routine maintenance.
Watching great television is one of the most enjoyable forms of relaxation; don’t allow your chill out time to be spoilt by poor reception.
*This article was contributed.