Wright's Aerials

Aerial Photography - Modern

You’ll often see UHF aerials pointing up at an angle, and you might wonder why. The belief that pointing an aerial up at an area of sky somewhere above the transmitter will improve reception is quite widespread, and is usually without foundation. Normally, if the transmitter is not visible the strongest signal will come from the skyline. It can sometimes seem that an upward tilt is improving matters, but if the aerial is refixed slightly higher without a tilt it will work better still. This photograph shows a log periodic aerial with a severe tilt, but this time there’s a good reason. The transmitter (Totley Rise) is on high ground only about 300m away, and the aerial is looking straight at it.

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