How to connect an antenna to a plasma tv

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How to connect an antenna to a plasma tv
Connect an antenna to your plasma TV to receive over-the-air HD video. (Plasma panel image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Plasma televisions are high-definition TVs. If you do not have a cable box or satellite receiver, you need to connect the television to an antenna capable of receiving digital high definition transmissions. An Indoor antenna will work in some locations, but an outside antenna is preferable. If local codes will not allow outside antennas, an attic location will usually work.

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Things you need

  • RG-6 cable
  • Mast
  • Compass

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    Purchase the best indoor HDTV antenna available. Connect the included cable to the RF input of the television. Aim the antenna toward the area's transmitter towers. The resource listed below will help you locate the transmitters in your area.

    Enter your address in the resource's web site. Click on "Find Local Channels". Scroll down to the first group of channels. These are usually in green. The number on the far right is the magnetic North direction you need to aim the antenna. Rotate your compass until the red point lines up with the "N" (North).

    Hold the compass in that position and rotate the antenna to line up with the magnetic north reading. Turn on the television. Follow the directions in the television's instruction manual for automatically tuning in over-the-air stations. If reception is not acceptable, return the antenna and purchase a good quality outdoor antenna.

  2. 2

    Mount the outdoor antenna in a suitable location and follow these same instructions, aiming the antenna in the direction of the nearest transmitter towers. Connect an RG-6 cable to the antenna. Run the cable to the television.

  3. 3

    Attach the cable to the RF input on the television. Turn on the television. Follow the directions for automatically tuning in over-the-air stations.

  4. 4

    Follow the television's instruction manual to display the signal strength meter, if one is available. Fine-tune the antenna position with the aid of a helper. Rotate the antenna slowly in each direction to obtain the maximum signal strength. Check the signal level for several channels to determine the optimum direction. Tighten the antenna on the mast.

Tips and warnings

  • If reception is acceptable, route the cable through the wall or along the baseboard to conceal it as much as possible.
  • Run the cable through a window to test the location of the antenna..
  • If you need to go on the roof or in the attic, have a helper watch you at all times.

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