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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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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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