Antenna Boosters

1800 TV Magic for Antenna booster Installation

Antenna boosters, technically known as a Masthead amplifiers are man's best friend when it comes to digital TV reception. They amplify the signal received to help you have flawless, pixel free, picture-perfect TV reception.

They are used when the incoming signal is inadequate. Be sure to read all of this article to learn why and how they work and the 'pitfalls' of using antenna boosters; as using antenna boosters when you have too much signal can actually make the your digital TV reception worse, rather than better. 

Firstly, Antenna boosters are only as good as the antenna system's weakest point

We're not trying to deter you from using an antenna booster but if you're going to amplify a weak signal to only be let down by ten year old cable, splitters or wall plates you can forget the whole exercise. The typical Reception Repair job done by a TV Magic technician nearly always involves replacing to some extent cable in the roof/wall, a wallplate and the flylead; if not the antenna as well. 

Antenna Booster installations particularly need new or near new quadshield coaxial cable for the 'power pass' in order for the booster to work effectively. Mistmatching power packs and power pack failure is due to faulty or under-performing coax cable. 

Antenna Boosters  Installation Information

Before you even begin trying to install a Masthead amplifier there is a few things you want to check:

  • The coax cable is new/recent (preferably quadshield coax cable, in good condition and less than 5 years old)
  • You have a digital TV antenna installed
  • You have a digital TV spliter installed in the roof and compatible wall plates, fly leads etc
  • The minimum digital TV signal BER quality score is being met (use terrestrial signal strength meter)

Now that you have determined all this - you can start to think about how you're going to tackle installing your antenna booster - masthead amplifier. 

Installing a signal amplifier on face value looks like a quick simple job but rarely is this the case. There are many variables that can prevent your installation from working that only a trained eye can pick up on. It can be quite fickle getting the power supply to actually work with your new masthead booster. If you are inclined to attempt it yourself, besides needing to purchase your TV signal amplifier which can range in cost from $90-$950 depending on requirements, you will need some specialised tools too such as a F type Crimp tool, coaxial strippers and F connectors at the very least. These tools alone may set you back around $80- $120 dollars, and then you'll need a "proper" tv signal meter to check your work and debug any issues, these start from $800 and range into the thousands. Or; You could save yourself the trouble and hire a professional like TV Magic who has all the tools and the know how and can insure you're TV reception will be working A+ when they're finished, plus you get their onsite warranty as a bonus.

The other benefits of professional antenna booster installation

Should you require or even, not require the coax cable to be replaced the professional will know just by using their expensive TV signal meter. This alone will give you peace of mind and potentially save you a quid or hundred! 

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What materials are being used in your antenna installation?

 

Not all antennas are made equal. The antenna that is powering your antenna system will determine how long and how good the system performs. For this TV antenna, all it would take is one little bird to sit right there to cause a temporary short out. This will cause an immediate drop in signal strength and quality. As a worse-case scenario a user may experience immediate TV reception symptons such as freezing or pixelation. Best case scenario - it's only a matter of time before the spring in the metal fails to bounce back and it shorts out permanently. This is a typical design flaw. 

Antenna installation that won't leave you paying twice - don't let this be you!

On a weekly basis, TV Magic replace worn out, underperforming TV antennas that are no longer serving their purpose. The reasons why they are under-performing are numerous but here are a couple ..

  • They are incorrectly installed
  • The wrong style / type antenna was selected for a particular area / suburb 
  • A poorly designed / manufactured TV antenna 
  • The antenna was installed up side down letting water get into the balun! (This is no laughing matter! - It happens quite frequently)
  • The antenna is good, but the antenna installation is being let down by other faulty components that should have been replaced 
  • Broken elements - plastic goes brittle in the sun after a few short years and large birds are good for business

Why need an antenna installation at all?

 

At TV Magic, we aim to fix your TV reception for the next 10-15 years!*

It's sad, but it happens. A quarter of antenna installation jobs we get called out to is to replace something that the customer has already paid for. .... quite recently...

An antenna installation is only going to have long lasting performance if the correct antenna is used for the area!

Do you live in an area where there are high antenna masts everywhere? Sometimes TV Magic comes along and we can guarantee flawless TV reception with a small antenna pole - enabling us to get rid of the huge chunk of scrap metal atop of your roof. Other times, you may be the one and only person in the street that has an extended antenna installation (and/or no-one else has a high mast in the whole neighbourhood). In these cases, it can be confusing to see why we may recommend that you need an extended mast. What we have often experienced, is that once you take the leap ... more times than not it is discovered that extended mast antenna installations start popping up left, right and centre in your street or throughout the neighbourhood. It is then later discovered that your neighbours were ...

  • Putting up with bad TV reception - thinking 'that's just the way it is'
  • Watching Pay TV services - not needing an antenna 
  • Neighbours only watching TV at a certain time of the day - happens to be the time of the day when the signal is just "ok" 
  • Not watching TV all (yes some people don't watch TV!)

In some areas - high masts are required for the antenna installation - (Watch the video below)

TV Magic have years of experiencing extended masts and high mast antenna installations. Our installations are designed to withstand 150km/hr winds. Basically that means that the tiles on a roof should be coming off before any cyclonic wind will blow it over. This is important as it is not that common to have 100km/hr winds at 5m above roof top level during a severe storm. 

Book your antenna installation online - an SMS will be sent to your local technician. We have no call centres / receptionists. You can call your local technician directly! Book below to reveal your local technician. 

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How much will it cost to Fix my TV reception? Sometimes there is a cheap fix, other times there is a risk of doing it cheap and it will cost more in the long run. Sometimes it has been done that badly in the first place that it's going to cost more to erectify an old system than it's going to just install a brand new one from scratch. Sometimes, the old gear is that old that the whole lot just needs replacing. In the end, the tv reception signals need to comply to certain requirements or it's just not going to work. These requirements are described as per the requirements of Digital Broadcasting Australia (DBA) authorities. If these are not complied with - your tv reception will be no better off. Also, having too much signal can cause bad tv reception as well! 

So do not worry, about it costing too much! We do free quotes! We give you a guarantee! We aim to make any tv reception repair job last 10-15 years - on a year to year basis, servicing your antenna compared with servicing your car will cost you peanuts! So call us now! or make a booking online.

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