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 <30 miles from your home.
There is no 100+ mile indoor antenna. Marketing BS. Outdoor antenna is needed for the 60-100 mile range. An indoor antenna is ideal for broadcast towers >30 miles.
- If your in/near cities with broadcast towers <20-30 miles, an indoor antenna should work!
- Channels 30-100 miles away? Indoor maybe. Outdoor is best.
- No local broadcast channels found < 100 miles. Good luck and go high with the outdoor mast.
Update: I changed the indoor range to 30 miles from 20 miles. A few viewers emailed that they had no issues with an indoor antenna receiving channels between 20-30 miles.
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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