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    How to Adjust Your Outdoor TV Antenna

    By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

    Even in the age of digital broadcast television, outdoor antennas are more popular than ever. But not everyone is lucky enough to be located in a place that has optimal TV signal reception. Those living in remote areas tend to benefit the most from high-gain antennas mounted outdoors and on rooftops. It’s not enough, however, […]

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      Do I Need A Separate Antenna for Each TV?

      By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

      When you’re thinking about cutting the cord, nothing is easier than replacing expensive cable with free, over-the-air broadcast television. All you need is an antenna. But do you need an antenna for each TV in your house? Probably not. The truth is, depending on the layout of your house, the number of televisions you have, […]

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        Can an Outdoor TV Antenna Be Used Indoors?

        By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

        When describing TV antennas, we often talk about form and function. Technically speaking, indoor and outdoor antennas are made of similar receptive materials (e.g., copper and aluminium) that receive radio frequency waves moving through the air, and convert these into electrical signals that go into your television. So in terms of function, indoor and outdoor […]

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          How to Ground a TV Antenna

          By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

          You’ve probably heard it’s good practice to ground an outdoor TV antenna to minimize the effects of static electricity buildup. I’m here to tell you this is correct advice and you should ground your antenna directly after installing it. Grounding an antenna will involve some extra steps — you’ll run copper wire from both the […]

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            How to Use TVFool to Get the Best HDTV Reception

            By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

            Due to the ongoing FCC channel repack taking place from 2018 to 2020, I’m now recommending readers use RabbitEars.info as a reliable source of OTA TV data. They say getting the best reception is more art than science, but there are some great tools that provide the hard data you need. One of these is […]

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              How to Choose the Right HDTV Antenna

              By Greg Martinez / November 5, 2019

              If you’ve never experienced over-the-air TV, then finding the right outdoor HDTV antenna can seem daunting at first glance. Antennas come in all shapes and sizes. They range from small indoor units that you shove in the bookshelf behind your TV, to large 8-element bowtie antennas you mount atop a mast on your roof. But […]

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                10 Ways to Improve Your TV Reception

                By Greg Martinez / November 4, 2019

                All was going fine and well with your new TV antenna. A few weeks prior, you’d decided to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to cut the cord and receive free, HD-quality content by installing an HDTV antenna on your roof. The first results were good; you’d spent quite a bit of time researching […]

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                  Hiring a Professional to Install Your TV Antenna

                  By Greg Martinez / November 4, 2019

                  There are definitely pros and cons to installing an outdoor TV antenna on your own. For one thing, it’s a great DIY project that can teach a few things about how OTA television reception works. After mounting your antenna, you’ll feel more confident about your television setup and how to make changes when necessary. As […]

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                    How to Boost Your Outdoor Antenna TV Signal

                    By Greg Martinez / November 4, 2019

                    At one point or another you might’ve experienced reception problems and wondered how you could pick up more channels. In this case, you might’ve considered getting a TV antenna amplifier. An amplifier is an AC-powered device that applies electric current to your antenna coaxial cable to boost your TV signal and improve reception under certain […]

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                      Stacking TV Antennas

                      By Greg Martinez / November 4, 2019

                      You’ve probably heard the term antenna stacking, but what does it mean exactly, and is it a good idea? Let’s take a closer look at the concept and see some examples. “Stacking antennas” means setting up multiple TV antennas, either on the same mast (vertical stacking) or adjacent to each other (horizontal stacking), and combining […]

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