How to Use the House Electrical Service for a TV Antenna
House wiring is a giant coil of metal. Antennas are best deployed using as much metal as possible, and placed as high as is feasible. Recognizing this relationship, a few manufacturers have made adapters that allow the wiring of a house to turn the structure into a large loopstick antenna. Once connected, most consumers find acceptable reception where other conventional antenna types have failed.
Things You'll Need
- AC line antenna adapter
- RG-6 coaxial cable
Screw the RG-6 coaxial cable into the "ANT" or "RF" coax input on the back of the television or tuner.
Screw the other end of the RG-6 cable into the "IN" coax input on the antenna/AC adapter module.
Plug the antenna/AC adapter into the outlet nearest the television.
Tips & Warnings
- It is recommended you route the RG-6 cable from the adapter through a coax-enabled surge protector in case the adapter fails and passes AC. This is also useful to filter noise generated by household appliances which could possibly be on the same circuit.