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How to Connect a TV Aerial Socket Connection

Updated February 21, 2017

The aerial connection on the back of most TV sets accommodates a coaxial cable that hooks up on the other end to an antenna. The F-connectors on each end of the coaxial cable rotate freely around the connection jacks on the antenna and TV, so the cable locks onto both components and cannot pull out accidentally. Each connector also contains a single metal pin that inserts into the centre hole on the socket for the TV aerial connection and the antenna base.

Turn off the TV and unplug the antenna's electrical cord from the wall outlet, if you use an amplified antenna.

Push on the connector at one end of the cable to the socket marked "ANT IN," or similar labelling, on the rear of the TV set. Twist the connector clockwise to secure it to the socket.

Attach the other end of the aerial cable to the antenna base and tighten the fastener on the cable end.

Warning

Do not bend or break the metal pin inside the cable. Braking the pin will ruin the cable and cause loss of signal.

Things You'll Need

  • Coaxial cable
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.