How to Avoid Damage to Your Antenna

Apart from installing a quality digital antenna or an excellent mount for extra stability, it is important to take extra precautions in preventing damage to the antenna system. These protection measures include, but not limited to:

1. Protection from High Voltage Damage.

The release of high energy rays during explosions or lightning causes direct ionization of atmospheric gases. These high-energy rays travel vast distances ionizing the atmosphere, resulting into Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). The radiated pulses have a short duration and cause antennas to ring. Since the antenna resistance is small, the large ringing voltage causes arcing at the antenna. Thus, one ought to provide additional shielding using protectors. One protection mode is using cable shield grounding kits to change the high-voltage resonance locations on the antennae and providing a ground system to dissipate the fast EMP pulses. Another way is using coaxial arrestor units with quick response to delay the rise time of the EMP pulses.

2. Bird Proofing An Antenna.

Birds often land on antennas, leaving a mess all over the antenna mast. By using bird spikes made specifically for antennas, the antenna gets protected from damage. The spikes are made using UV-resistant clear acrylic. When added to the antenna mast, they keep troublesome birds off the antenna and eliminate their acidic droppings as well as reduce signal interference. The spikes installation guarantees a long life to the antenna. Also, the bird spikes are long-lasting, outliving the antenna system in most cases.

3. Protection from Snow Covering.

Installation of antennas on the roof can lead to severe damage caused by snow or leaves that accumulate to form a solid covering. One effective way of mounting the antennae on an ideal mast is using a seven feet long metal column. The metal column gets filled with cement. The column gets strategically placed in such a way that it is not obstructed by large trees and gets proper satellite reception. The column finally gets anchored into a cement base for firm stability.

4. Protection from Harsh Wind.

Antennas are vulnerable to harsh winds that destroy the antenna system and sometimes leave the roof buckled. Therefore, it is essential to construct a support mast; an anchored structure on which to fasten the beams inside the roof. The top of the anchored structure is made using a one-inch thick plywood plate. The roofing material around the antenna system gets screwed securely to the plywood plate. Afterwards, the metal base of the antenna system is bolted down to the plate using carriage bolts. Also, sturdy washers are utilized to prevent the nuts from eating into the plate when the antenna sways to and from in the wind.