Myths about aerials

Aerials on Dumbarton properties and beyond can sometimes be shrouded in misinformation and myths.

Perhaps it is their deceptively simple structure and mode of working that perplexes us, leaving us unable to understand how something so important in everyday life can be so very simple? Or perhaps we believe what other non-aerial ‘experts’ tell us?

Myth 1 - The bigger the aerial, the better the picture

Before we plunge head on in to this as a myth, there are some occasions and situation where a bigger aerial may lead to a better quality of picture. But, in the main, it is true that it may not be the size of the aerial that is important but its location and height.

If you are suffering from a poor TV picture and reception, there are all kinds of things that can be interfering with this thus, if you don’t look at the what could be causing the problem, simply replacing the aerial with a bigger one is not solving the problem at all.

Myth 2 - Aerials breakdown

Aerials on Dumbarton properties do not malfunction or breakdown because the aerial itself has no moving parts. It does nothing other than act as a receptor to waves and signals being transmitted by the local TV mast.

What does malfunction from time to time is the cabling that transfer these signals from aerial to TV or set top box. The connectors, for example, can become rusted through rain or rainwater can be seeping in through the various fixings etc. and cause problems inside the cabling.

Myth 3 - You don’t need to upgrade your aerial

The changing from analogue to digital caused some confusion. And, with the digital signal becoming more complex and sophisticated, many people think this means a new aerial.
But again, to echo the point made in the second myth about aerials not breaking down, the aerial itself simply acts as the piece of equipment that captures the signal. It is the set top box or the TV that has the job of decoding/unscrambling this information and turning it into a picture that you watch on your TV.

If anyone tells you that aerials on Dumbarton properties need upgrading, treat this information with caution as it is unlikely to be true.

Myth 4 - Aerials never need moving or changing position

It is rare but sometimes, the built or natural environment around a property changes and this leads to an aerial needing to either be repositioned or the stem on which it sits, replaced with a longer one. This will improve the signal.

If you have more questions or need help with your aerial, contact Mathers Satellites today!

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