How to Hook up an Indoor Antenna to a TV

by James Clark ; Updated September 28, 2017

Connecting an indoor antenna to a TV lets you pick up terrestrial broadcasts without the hassle of mounting an external antenna on the roof or to the side of a building, then running cables indoors. Many indoor antennas include a built-in amplifier to boost the signal. A single coaxial cable hooks up the antenna to the television with a threaded metal fastener on the end of the cable.

Turn off the power to the TV set.

Attach the coaxial cable to the output jack on the base of the indoor antenna and connect the othe end to the "RF IN" jack on the back of the TV. Turn the metal fastener on each cable end clockwise to hold it tightly to the antenna and TV.

Plug in the power cord to the DC socket on the base of the antenna and connect the other end to a wall outlet.

Place the antenna near a window for improved signal reception.

About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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