Installing the HDTV Antenna Outside
Newest 2020 Digital HDTV Antenna was installed outside because it says it’s rated for interior and exterior use. So far so good. Very nice reception. The quality of an HDTV antenna’s reception depends on the particular product and your location. Some locations have all kinds of interference from trees, buildings or from being in a hollow. Other than that, it’s the distance from the tower that’s the determining factor.
If you’re in one of these bad locations and you mount your new HDTV inside, you may not get very good reception no matter where you mount it or how you turn it. But an exterior mounted option changes all that. Also, I like its small size and streamline look, and I like that it wants to mounted vertical (by screw hole orientation).
By getting this antenna up above the gutter you are in prime position for good reception. Of course, we hope the unit is as weather tight as it says it is, but only time will tell that.
Cost of Exterior Installation of HDTV Antenna
This was about a 4-hour project between setup and cleanup, so the cost was just under $200 with materials, not counting the antenna. The product itself is available on Amazon for about $49 and was “Amazon’s Choice”. Funny thing is that it doesn’t really have a brand name on Amazon or on the box. It’s just identified as “Newest 2020 Digital HDTV Antenna”.
All the wood used was pressure treated so I’m sure the structure will long outlast the unit itself. Okay, but considering the cost of cable, what a bargain. So, you can lose your cable box now and save big money and still get news.
HDTV Antenna vs Cable Cost
Yes, there are, of course, other choices than cable, like YouTube TV for which they now charge $50 a month. You can also get Sling TV for $30 a month, which gives you some choices. But this is the free choice and can be combined with Netflix or Amazon Prime, and some nice entertainment, for about $10 a month. So, with HDTV you’ll still be saving money, have news, and 65 plus channels to choose from.
Building the Antenna Support Structure
I want to mention that the attachment to the facial board was minimalistic, that is, if you look closely at the structure, you’ll see there are 2 mounting blocks attached to the house. These 2 smaller blocks have 2 screws each but the contact with the trim board is coated with silicon sealant, which helps the adhesion and can be easily removed, with only a couple of small screw holes remaining.
Also, you may have noticed that the mast is contoured. This was done to minimize wind resistance, and the cut-out pieces were attached to the mast for added strength.
Get It Installed
Maybe you shouldn’t try to go up the ladder and install your HDTV antenna outside yourself. This install is tricky without the proper equipment. If I can do this for you, give me a call and also see my “handyman-near-havertown” page. And if you don’t have Amazon Prime, I can even pick up the antenna for you.