We all have noticed, with clear skies, reception is great, and with low/heavy weather, some stations get lost. But is it the truth? Is it that the weather affects our television reception? Well, the truth is, the bad weather doesn’t affect, to such an extent as the reception gets affected on a stormy or high winds day, where severe weather conditions exist. This occurs due to certain impediments & fluctuations in the broadcast signal.
Therefore, it is recommended to keep the antennas at a location like a roof. If its outside, like on the attic, securing it to ensure that there is a minimum movement of the antenna will be better.
The antenna isn’t likely to get affected
One can put aside their fear or put it to rest, that the rain would affect the antenna installation causing one to lose certain stations because, if an antenna is installed properly, maintained better & grounded, the rain & lighting won’t cause a risk to it. But if it is the older amplified antennae, it is likely for it to get short.
A practical understanding
Conducting electricity, this is the reason for the antenna to exist. Radio waves are like electromagnetic energy, which exists at a weaker level, and antennas are meant to conduct electricity rather than carrying their own current. This is the reason why it is unlikely for the antenna to have a short out.
The antennas, each one of them, they have balun which is responsible for converting the signal impedance from 300-75ohms, for ensuring its efficient transfer through the coaxial cable.
Baluns are waterproof, but it does get exposed to certain elements, with time.
One can look around for the plastic box. It is near to the place where the cable connection exists with the antenna. It helps one to determine if the water can affect the electronic component or reach out to it.
What are Amplified Antennas?
Amplified antennas or most commonly known as tv antenna amplifier, herein, the power comes up to cable and then to built-in/placed near to antenna, amplifier. These are weatherproof devices, but the outer covering gets weakened up due to UV rays, water, and passing time.
The amplifiers are potential to get short out due to rain. Therefore, its inspection and other components that are outside are required to be made every year.
Are Rotators likely to get short out?
Before you understand that, it is necessary to know what a rotator is. It is a motor device with high strength to get distant signals and point the antenna in a different direction. It is used by people who are far from the city to get reception, from different directions (two) & at different times. However, if you use more than two TVs at the same time, there can be a problem, as it won’t allow you to get all channels which are available at other times. It thus makes it hard to watch at the same time, different shows in different cities.
If the Rotator is cracked or in bad condition, it is likely to get a short circuit, if the water enters the place where it shouldn’t. Make sure that there is no such chance that might affect the rotator’s mechanism, causing you to miss your favorite show.
One can easily checkout for a worn-out antenna by looking at some loose spots or the cracks through which water is likely to get in. One can even know if the plastic part is oxidizing or getting turned to powder by simply rubbing the finger on it quickly. Even when there are molding signs, it is likely to create issues by allowing enough water to enter. However, do not confuse it with the aluminum antenna black oxide finish and remember if the antenna is oxidized, the efficiency won’t get affected due to it.
What if the antenna is beyond being repaired?
Even when they have durable nature, remember, with time, everything wears out. One can deal with a low-priced or a 50-year-old or even older than this antenna. So, if you think it is time to upgrade or replace the existing one, you can take a recommendation or get a new one. Talk to a technician and get the change today.