Scan using the FCC’s DTV Antenna Reception map tool to determine what local channels you can expect to receive with an Over-the-air TV antenna. I believe this is the most user friendly tool for determining local Digital TV antenna reception.
The FCC Antenna Reception tool will plot your home on a map, and list the available signals in your area.
Click on the station name in the listing and you’ll see the map update with a line between your home and the broadcast tower with station and channel details. After viewing your TV antenna reception map, print or keep your results handy for choosing an antenna.
Keep in mind that the results from the Antenna Reception Map tool assume an outdoor antenna mounted on a mast. Reception on an indoor antenna may vary considerably.
What is VHF and UHF?
TV signals are broadcast over two frequency ranges:
|VHF (Very High Frequency)||UHF (Ultra High Frequency)|
|Low-band VHF = channels 2-6||UHF = channels 14-69|
|High-band VHF = channels 7-13|
UHF channels account for roughly 85% of over-the-air digital TV signals.
Many antennas combine UHF and VHF elements. Be sure to determine if the VHF tuning covers both high and low bands if you hope to receive broadcasts to match those channels.
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