Getting good signal and reception while on the road in beautiful Australia can be quite the challenge! During your travels, you will be receiving signals from thousands of different TV transmitter towers sprinkled all around Australia!
… And choosing the right RV TV antenna to pick up on these signals can be overwhelming, especially with so many options available and technicalities to keep in mind…
Depending on where you are planning to travel and how you wish to use your TV, different options will be better suited for you. So let’s ask ourselves some questions before delving deeper into this topic:
– Where will you be using your TV?
– Where will your TV antenna be installed?
– Will you install your antenna yourself or will you ask for the help of a professional?
– Are you planning to leave the antenna mounted, or are you looking for something you can easily put away and store when you are not using it?
So hopefully you now have a clearer idea as to what your individual situation is. Based on this, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your new antenna.
Very High Frequency (VHF) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF)?
Australian TV transmission towers can transmit either VHF or UHF signals. These are simply different kinds of frequencies, and your antenna will be able to tune in to either of them, or both. VHF signals travel horizontally and UHF signals travel vertically, so the shape of your antenna will reflect which kind of signals it can receive.
Generally speaking, major cities in Australia transmit VHF frequencies, while remote areas and smaller towns tend to transmit UHF. In Brisbane city, however, you will require a hybrid antenna that receives both types of signals.
While VHF antennas can be cheaper, if you want to travel between cities and remote areas you are better off choosing a more expensive, hybrid option.
Signal Strength and Directionality
Your RV TV antenna has to work much harder than your home TV antenna, since it will need to pick up as much signal as possible on the go.
Mobile antennas can be directional or omni-directional. A directional antenna is one that you will need to orient towards the closest transmission tower, while an omni-directional antenna has the power to “self-orient” and receive signal from all directions.
In most cases, omni-directionals antennas are more convenient and effective.
You should also consider signal strength in the areas you will be visiting. If the signal received by TV transmission towers is weak, you might also want to choose an antenna with inbuilt amplifier, which will give you better signal strength and clarity.
Another thing to keep in mind is ease of use and storage. Before buying your antenna, especially if you will be installing it by yourself, check the installation manual and make sure it will be simple to mount.
Some antennas can fold or retract while not in use. Others can be easily dismounted and stored. Others are designed to have a low profile and do not need dismantling. Depending on the size of your recreational vehicle and the way you use its indoor space, as well as the frequency of use of your TV, you will find that one of the options above will work better for you.
What about the cost?
Last but not least, price will definitely be an important factor. While better-quality antennas with more features tend to be more expensive, they might also be more convenient and durable.
However, if you realise that a specific model does not fit your budget, think about whether any of the features that you have chosen really are so indispensable.
You might be able to find a better deal by reducing features and compromising.
So this is all from us when it comes to mobile TV antennas. Was this information helpful? Do you have any other questions? And do you have any more tips to choose the best mobile TV antenna?
Let us know in the comments below, we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts!