For broadcast towers < 20 miles from your home, a simple indoor antenna may be all you need to receive 60+ channels.
STEP 1: Check for local channels in your area
Q: Indoor antenna? What are we looking for?
A: Broadcast towers <20 miles from your home.
There is no 100+ mile indoor antenna. Marketing BS. An indoor antenna is ideal for broadcast towers <20 miles.
- If your in/near cities with broadcast towers < 20 miles, an indoor antenna should work!
- Few channels <20 miles, but several 30-80 miles away? Outdoor antenna is likely needed.
- No local broadcast channels found < 100 miles. Good luck.
STEP 2 : Build/Buy an indoor “HDTV” antenna
When you start adding all the costs of a DIY (copper, balun, coax) antenna you will probably be close to the price of a store bought.
- A store bought antenna is nothing more than a DIY antenna wrapped in fancy plastic with all the parts and connectors in one box. No alien/Area-51 technology inside.
STEP 3: Connect to TV & Scan for channels
- Scan for channels!
- Move the antenna around for best reception
15 minutes of my time I had 23 channels scanned w/solid signals. All major networks: ABC, CBS, NBS, FOX, CW, PBS. Spent a whopping $0 using materials found in the garage. DONE!
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