Positioning Outdoor Antennas for Better Reception Using Mounts
Antennas must be positioned with the best line-of-sight option to offer better signal strength, and this usually means that the higher you can position the antenna, the better. If you have a more direct line-of-sight from a lower position, that would be the only reason to consider positioning an antenna in a lower position than the highest possible.
Outdoor antennas must be securely attached, as generally high as possible or where there is a clear line of sight, away from any interference. If the antenna is directional, it must face the right direction, i.e. pointing to the signal source (cell tower, etc) and remain firmly in position despite being exposed to harsh weather. For this to be possible, antennas must be mounted.
Types of Mounts for Antennas
There are many types of antenna mounts classified mainly according to where they are mounted. Here are the main types;
a. Roof Mounts - Types:
- J-mount pipe mounts
- Tripod mounts: We offer 6FT, 5FT, 4FT, 3FT and 2FT.
- Tile roof mounts: We have two options for large antennas and satellite dishes.
- Non-penetrating roof mounts: A flat platform held down by cinder blocks, used with either a pipe-mast or a J-mount as the mast.
c. Tripod as a Ground Mount: If you don't have the option to mount an antenna at a high position such as on a roof, wall or balcony: The best ground mount option is a tripod mount with as long of a mast as it can support. Tripod mounts are exceptionally sturdy for mounting heavy antennas which demand installation height above roof lines.
d. Rail Mounts: These antenna mounts attach to rails. They vary in type based on many factors ranging from material, connection type, configuration to the type of antenna they support.
e. Chimney Mounts: Easy to install on sturdy vertical chimneys, if you can avoid the antenna being exposed to heat and smoke. This can be done with a tall mast or by mounting low enough on the chimney to avoid the heat and smoke.
f. Attic Mounts: These types of mounts are commonly used for positioning indoor antennas. As the name suggests, they are mounted in attics. Attic mounts are fast, easy, cheap and convenient to install, especially where a strong signal exists.