When you’re serious about your antenna habit, we’re here for you. No, most people will not get to the point where they need a tower. But you’re not most people. You’re a Solid Signal customer. You’re the sort of person who wants their home or office installation to be “just so.” You’re willing to do what it takes to get it right. And we’re right here for you.
Why use an antenna tower?
It’s a simple fact that antennas work better when they are higher up. Trees and hills block signals, and so do other buildings and houses. Often times putting an antenna up on the roof will help with this. But, sometimes if you want the best reception, you need to go even higher.
An antenna tower will help you broadcast or receive at a much greater distance. This is why radio and TV towers are on tall buildings, on top of mountains, or perched atop tall towers. And what’s good for those big broadcasters is just as good for you. This is the best way to get the most of any antenna you have.
What are the challenges of using a tower?
The first challenge is safety. If you’re going to mount a tall tower, you need to be sure it won’t hurt anyone if it does fall. You need to make it secure so there’s a low chance of that happening. And you need to make sure that as you work with the tower, you’re staying safe.
The second challenge is more of a bureaucratic one. Depending on where you live, there may be a need for permits and inspections. Some areas have height limits that you’ll need to respect. You’ll want to do your homework down at city hall when you’re thinking about a tower.
The third thing which should always be on your mind is grounding. Grounding is easy but the steps you take will have to do with local ordinances. While you’re researching permits, you’ll want to research that too. This is one step you should definitely not skip.
What do you typically need for a tower?
You’ll obviously want to start with a firm level surface for your tower. Ideally you’ll pour a concrete pad and inset the bolts to attach your tower securely. You’ll need the tower components themselves, which may include the mounting base, one or more tower components, the brackets to mount your antennas, and obstruction lighting if your tower is above a certain height.
You’ll also need plenty of cable and of course the antennas you plan on using. For very long cable runs, a preamplifier that’s matched to your antenna may also be a good idea.
Who can help me with this?
I know, this sounds like quite an undertaking. But if you’re serious about getting a tower, you could take a look at the kits you’ll find already put together at Solid Signal. Or, you could get a custom quote from a real experts. Our tower professionals are standing by at 877-312-4547 during East Coast business hours. If it’s after than, please fill out the form below and our experts will get back to you, usually within one business day.