Adapters for an F Connector on a TV Antenna

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Adapters for an F Connector on a TV Antenna
An F-Type connector on the end of a coaxial cable is common, but not always useful. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

F-Type connectors are probably the most prevalent type of connection for televisions. This type of connector screws onto a post with a threaded sleeve, providing a secure connection. Some F-Type connectors simply push on and pull off, and these work great if you need to reconfigure your audio/visual equipment frequently. The type of antenna connection you need depends on the piece of equipment you wish to connect it to, and sometimes you need to adapt an F-Type cable to another format. Many adaptors are made for this purpose.

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Standard Antenna to Telvision F-Type Adapters

One use of F-Type connectors is to connect the Radio Frequency transmission from an antenna to a television monitor. On such televisions, there are four screws, one set of two screws for VHF and one set for UHF signals. For this type of connection, a female F-Type-to-Terminal-Block adaptor will complete the connection from antenna to the older television.

RF Splitters

When you want to sent the signal from one antenna to more than one television, use an RF splitter with one female F-Type input connection and two or more female F-Type connections on the output side of the splitter. From each output, a coaxial cable with male F-Type connectors will connect the signal from the splitter to the televisions. These splitters come with two or more outputs to meet any of your needs. Note that every time you split the signal, it loses strength. If you are splitting the output into more than two outputs, consider using an RF amplifier to boost the split signal.

Adaptors for Radio Equipment

F to BNC adaptors allow you to connect the antenna to a commercial or professional piece of radio equipment. If you have a VHF or UHF radio receiver/transmitter, the antenna probably connects to the unit with a BNC type connector and using a F-Type female to male BNC adaptor will allow you to connect your Television antenna to the base unit. For a Citizen Band base station, you can connect your television antenna using a female F-Type to PL259 adaptor. Although the television antenna will probably work, it is designed for a much higher frequency and is not the best option for this situation.

Other Adapters

F-Type adaptors come in just about any type and configuration you will ever need. There are F-Type to TNC, UHF, and N-Type adaptors for a variety of radio frequency equipment. F-Type to 3.5mm, PAL and RCA adaptors allow you to use the antenna transmission line to carry unmodulated video signals between pieces of equipment, but are not usually useful in transmitting RF signals from the antenna to equipment. Finally, there are male-to-female F-Type adaptors that allow you to change the gender of the connector to add an extension cable onto the transmission line.

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