To Rotate or Not To Rotate ? Choosing Multiple Antennas

Television stations are oftentimes located at different directions from your home, so there needs to be a way to direct the antenna toward the desired station.

Historically, in the North American region, most viewers have employed an antenna rotator to rotate the antenna through the various directions.

The main drawback to employing an antenna rotator is that it is time consuming to wait for the rotator to adjust the direction of the antenna when changing programs. The second drawback is the expense and reliability of the rotator, considering the inevitable aging and eventual failure of the rotator.

It is professional practice in CATV (Community Antenna TV) systems to employ multiple antennas each in a fixed direction so that signals from various stations are always immediately available for the multiple viewers.

Another benefit is that the individual antennas can be optimized for the station(s) in that direction using a dedicated antenna chosen for its channel or band and gain capabilities, often with less cost, when considering the additional cost of approximately $100 or more for the antenna rotator, cabling, and installation.

And because FCC channel reassignments since the digital television changeover are mostly UHF with usually only a few VHF-High channels, antennas from AbilityHDTV are better optimized for “Over-The-Air” Digital Television, offering higher gain where its needed (UHF) with a much smaller size antenna, which results in better aesthetics from “lower visual impact”.

We welcome the opportunity to consult with you to select the appropriate antenna model(s) either through your local AbilityHDTV Dealer/Installer or directly with our Customer Support Center.