How to Install a Pole for a TV Antenna

By Adrian Grahams

Install your antenna mast so that the television antenna is above the roofline.
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A well-installed television antenna is crucial for reliable digital-television reception on all available channels. Clamp your outdoor television antenna to a pole (usually known as a mast) to secure the antenna in place and to provide the extra height needed to get optimal TV reception. Most TV antennas ship with a mast, mast bracket, antenna clamp and the fixings you will need to complete the installation. Alternatively, buy an antenna mast kit online or at electrical and hardware stores.

Step 1

Survey your house or apartment and identify the best site for the antenna installation. The antenna should have a clear view toward the digital-television transmitter, unobstructed by nearby trees or buildings. Ideally, install the antenna above the roofline by using an eave-mount or chimney-mount mast and bracket fixed to a firm, secure surface.

Step 2

Reach the antenna mast installation site with a raised platform, a ladder or steps.

Step 3

Position the mast bracket in place against the wall, about two feet below the roofline. Use a spirit-level to ensure the bracket is straight. Mark the position of the mast bracket screw or bolt holes on the wall with a pencil or screwdriver.

Step 4

Drill holes in the wall in the correct locations. Use a masonry or wood drill bit, depending on the surface.

Step 5

Attach the bracket with the supplied fixings. Use anchors in the drill holes, if necessary.

Step 6

Clamp the mast to the bracket with the supplied bolts. The bottom of the mast should be flush with the bottom of the mast bracket.

Step 7

Check that the mast installation is fully secure before mounting the antenna array, which should be fixed to the top of the mast.