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How to Make a TV Antenna from a Satellite Dish

By Greg Martinez / December 9, 2019

Cable subscribers looking for more affordable options for watching television are turning to an HDTV antenna to receive free sports, news, and content over the air. But what if you’re a satellite TV customer (like DirectTV)? Is it harder then to cut the cord? After all, you’ve already got a dish located on your home. […]

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Which Direction Should a TV Antenna Face?

By Greg Martinez / December 1, 2019

So your HDTV antenna has arrived and you’ve spotted the ideal place for it on your roof. But how and where do you aim the thing? Trust me, it’s actually not complicated. It’ll just depend on where your home is located and which local channels you’re looking to receive. Read on to find out how […]

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Will an Antenna Work on a Smart TV?

By Greg Martinez / November 29, 2019

Suppose you’ve cut the cable (or are about to), and realize that your streaming services don’t include all the local stations. Maybe you aren’t ready to give up watching regional news or seeing network shows when they first air. The answer may be a TV antenna. After all, they’re still around, bringing in the same […]

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Do Old TV Antennas Still Work?

By Greg Martinez / November 28, 2019

The United States completed its transition from analog to digital signals for TV broadcasts over a decade ago. Local TV stations still broadcast these signals over the air (OTA), although the digital format requires a TV to have a digital tuner to properly display the broadcast. However, an old indoor antenna such as a rabbit […]

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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 Find TV Antenna Channels

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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