One downside of living in a caravan is the constant fluctuation of TV signals. Since you’re moving from one location to another, there are always constant changes to the signal your antennas receive.
But is there a way to get a better TV signal in a caravan and if so, how do you do it?
In this article, we will talk about some ways to improve the TV signal in your caravan. We will also look into some issues that could affect your TV signal and how to fix them.
Issues That Could Affect TV Signal
A common reason why you’re getting no signal is poor condition of your cables, aerial, or booster. A simple check at your cables and aerials can sometimes do the trick.
If you’re still using those ancient, beaten-down antennas, consider investing in a more modern TV antenna.
Interference is when other signals affect your reception.
You’d be surprised by the number of items that could potentially affect the caravan TV reception. Other electronic devices like blenders, laptops, and radio may affect signal strength.
For better reception, make sure to keep your antennas away from other electronics.
Are you surrounded by trees, buildings, or other caravans? Then, that could be the reason why you have a poor signal.
How To Improve Caravan Signal
Find a better position for your antennas
The first thing to do when you’re having no signal is to try to reposition your antennas until you find a signal.
Make sure your antennas have a clear path to the sky and are not blocked by trees, buildings, or other caravans. It helps when you raise your antennas higher to allow a more direct and unobstructed path to the transmitters.
If you’re using an indoor antenna, try moving it around your caravan and see if the signal improves. Antenna manufacturers recommend mounting the antenna adjacent to a window facing a transmitter tower.
If nothing changes, consider moving your caravan to a better location. Be sure to rescan the channel when you move your antenna.
It might also be that your location just doesn't have great reception to begin with. The mySwitch site from the federal government can be useful for seeing reception strength in different locations.
Re-tune your TV
Although it won’t always work, sometimes a simple retune after you’ve moved the antenna might fix the problem.
Upgrade your cables and aerial
If you’re still using your old antennas or the ones pre-installed in your caravans, then it may be the time for an upgrade.
Look for high-definition antennas that have a long-range. Some antennas have a range of 400 to 500 kilometres which should be long enough to get you good reception from the nearest transmitter.
These modern antennas also have built-in amplifiers for better signal strength.
Your cables could also be the source of your problem. Check your cables for any damage. It’d help to invest in a long high performance coaxial cable so that you can move the antenna around in case the nearest transmitter is facing a different direction.
Take the guesswork out of finding a good TV signal by investing in a signal finder.
By plugging the antenna into a signal finder, you can easily detect a strong signal by rotating and moving your antenna. Once you find a good signal, lock it in.
Get a booster or amplifier
If your antenna doesn't have a built-in amplifier yet, consider getting one. It effectively enhances and strengthens the reception of your aerial.
Consider it a cheap upgrade to an old antenna.
Disruption to your TV’s signal can be caused by a lot of factors including positioning, interference, and condition of your equipment.
There are several ways to solve poor TV signal, depending on the root cause of the problem. In some cases, simply moving around the antenna can solve the problem. On the other hand, other cases may require an upgrade.
If you still aren't sure, check out this advice on TV signals and reception from ACMA.
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