Is this the end of your faithful analog antenna?

Digital TV antennaWill you need a new antenna for digital TV?

As the world is embracing digital broadcasting, Australia is also keeping pace by bidding adieu to analog television. This shift translates into new set-top boxes if your faithful telly isn’t capable of transmitting digital signals.

However, it certainly doesn’t boil down to replacing your antenna. It’s common myth that you will need separate antennas for receiving digital and HD channels. Antennas capable of coding analog signals are good to go with high-def or digital signals.

More than Analog or Digital, the channel frequency matters

The debate here isn’t about analog versus digital; it has more to do with channel frequency. If the existing analog signal features a certain frequency, like the VHF band, and the upcoming digital signal is in the UHF band, you may have to go in for antenna replacement. The antenna’s frequency range is in question here, not the signal type.

Antennas work in a similar way. By detecting radio wave vibration in a specific frequency range, electrons present in the antenna accelerate in a back and forth manner, leading to signals that are then transferred via terminals to electrical circuits and thereby, cause voltage changes. The entire process leads to signal reception.

Is Antenna size important?

While antenna technology hasn’t changed, an antenna’s size and shape affects your reception. Larger antennas are able to collect more energy: hence, they are capable of collecting weak signals.

Different shapes are adept at picking up specific frequency signals such as UHF, VHF and HF. The shape is an important determinant of the direction an antenna will pick up signals from.

Specific antenna designs are meant to receive specific range frequencies; but more than that, radio tuner or TV circuits are responsible for fine tuning an individual channel or frequency.

Antennas are region-specific

Also, your area of residence has a lot to do in finalising whether the antenna is mounted vertically or horizontally. Signal polarity or the axis along which waves vibrate is region-dependant.

Product Review 4.9 from 2,059 reviews
Visit Product Review to read more or our reviews
Proceed with Free On-Site Quote

In recent times two new transmitters have been installed at Point Arkwright and Peregian Beach. These transmitters have made digital reception readily available to many areas on the Sunshine Coast. Customers in suburbs as far afield as Montville to Sunrise Beach, Valdora to North Buderim and the Northern side of Mount Coolum have enjoyed the […]

One of our Victorian franchisees Lee was called in to help a customer transform his old garage into a home theatre and music room recently. The customer had all the gear and had already soundproofed the new room. Mounting the projector and setting up the amplifier for home theatre as well as helping with the […]

Jim’s Antennas have helped a client get their  Tv Reception issues in Clarence Park sorted. After getting into the roof space and diagnosing the problem we could see the local Parrot Community had been chewing the TV cables within the roof. Whilst we were unaware that a Parrots diet included quad shield Tv cable it […]

Bad TV Reception can be sorted with a New TV Antenna supplied and installed by Jim’s Antennas. Fast, reliable installation and delivery on New TV Antennas complete with manufacturer’s warranty backed by the Jim’s Group. This before and after shot of an Old TV Antenna providing poor TV reception in Serpentine was upgraded fast and […]

1300 908 965