How to set up a telescoping TV antenna mast

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How to set up a telescoping TV antenna mast
Mount your outdoor antenna to a telescopic mast. (tv antennas image by JoLin from

A telescoping antenna mast allows you to adjust the height of your antenna. Antenna Web's website recommends positioning the antenna above your home's roof line for the best signal reception. Telescoping masts can be mounted to the roof or the side of a structure. Check with your Homeowner's Association or landlord to help you decide what mounting option is right for you.

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Things you need

  • Telescopic pole mast
  • Antenna
  • Nonconductive rope
  • Mounting bracket
  • Guy wire (optional)
  • Ground rod and wire

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    Plan the best spot for the antenna for safety and performance. To determine a safe distance from trees, power lines and wires, add the length of the antenna to the length of the telescoping mast and double that amount. If you cannot maintain a safe distance, call a professional for help.

    How to set up a telescoping TV antenna mast
    Installing your antenna too close to power lines can be dangerous and cause poor antenna performance. (Internet and telephone lines connecting the world image by Peter Baxter from
  2. 2

    Assemble the antenna on the ground at the installation site. Attach it to the upper section of the mast and connect the coaxial cable while at ground level.

  3. 3

    Use a nonconductive rope to raise the mast. Tie the rope at two-foot sections and have a helper guide the rope as you raise the pole. Should the pole begin to fall, the helper will pull the rope clear of any power lines. Secure the mast with the mounting bracket.

  4. 4

    Install guy wires if desired. Install anchor bolts at 10, 20, and 25 feet from the bottom of the mast. Estimate the length of guy wire that is needed before raising the mast. Use guy rings to attach the wires to the mast.

  5. 5

    Tighten the clamp bolts on the mounting bracket. If you used guy wires, instruct your helper to pull them taut while you hold the pole in a vertical position to secure the mast.

  6. 6

    Install a ground rod. Connect a ground wire to the mast and the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not install near power lines. Letting any part of your pole make contact with a power line during installation could cause death.

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