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What’s the best HDTV antenna for you? The right type of antenna at a specific location depends on a few variables, such as geographic location, signal strength of local TV networks, the height at which the antenna will be installed, as well as factors such as local terrain, nearby trees, and building and home construction in the area.
To select the right HDTV antenna for your specific location we recommend that you perform an address look up search on the DTV Reception Maps page on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website. Keep in mind that a clear path between the antenna and the TV stations would be preferable for the best reception. If there are any tall buildings or trees around your receiving location, an outdoor antenna will get better reception than an indoor antenna. Outdoor antennas are strongly recommended for the most reliable reception.
FCC’s DTV Reception Maps Page
Instruction: Enter your address and zip code in the Location box on the DTV Reception Maps page. Signal strength, available channels, stations location, etc. will be listed in search result.

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1) Check signal strength of your location.
The signal strength categories are strong, moderate, weak and no signal. Determining the signal strength received at your location will help to select the appropriate antenna.
Strong Signal Area: An indoor antenna should work well. An ANTOP passive (non-amplified) is recommended in strong signal areas that are near a station’s broadcast tower. Following are a few indoor antenna suggestions that may work well at your location in a strong signal area.

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Moderate Signal Area: A high quality amplified indoor antenna, or an outdoor antenna, is recommended for these locations as they should work well. An ANTOP Smartpass Amplified Antenna, switched on the “ON” mode is recommended in moderate signal areas to boost the signal for optimal reception. Following are a few antenna suggestions that may work well at your location in a moderate signal area.
Weak Signal Area: A high quality amplified outdoor antenna would be recommended for these locations as they should work well. The antenna should be installed as high as possible — 30 feet above ground level is recommended. An ANTOP Smartpass Amplified Antenna, switched on the “ON” mode is recommended in weak signal areas to boost the signal for optimal reception. Following are a few antenna suggestions that may work well at your location in a weak signal area.
ANTOP Models Recommended for weak signal strength areas.
AT-413BAT-400BAT-400BV
VHF Reception Enhanced
2) Click the stations’ call sign to find out its location on the map.
Single Tower Location: If towers are in a single location, both Multi-directional and Omni-directional antennas will provide reception. A multi-directional antenna installed pointing towards to the tower location will be preferable.

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Compass Direction to Tower: W (281), W (282)
Source: the FCC’s DTV Reception Maps (Zip Code 91761)

ANTOP Multi-directional Models Recommended for single tower location.
Strong Signal Strength
Moderate Signal Strength
Weak Signal Strength
AT-210AT-133BAT-400BV
VHF Reception Enhanced
Multiple Tower Location (Less than 90 Degrees)
If towers are in multiple locations less than 90 degrees, both Multi-directional and Omni-directional antennas will provide reception. A Multi-directional antenna may better capture reception, slight manual adjusting is required. An ANTOP omni-directional antenna, while easy to install with no adjusting required, may not be suitable in capturing weak signals.
Multiple Tower Location (Greater than 90 Degrees)
If towers are in multiple locations, you will need an Omni-directional antenna.

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Compass Direction to Tower: SSE (164), W (272), WSW(247), NNE(122)
Source: the FCC’s DTV Reception Maps (Zip Code 07644)

ANTOP Omni-directional Models Recommended for Multiple Tower Location (Greater than 90 Degrees).
Strong Signal Strength
Moderate Signal Strength
Weak Signal Strength
AT-100AT-206BAT-414B
3) To connect your antenna to more than one TV set, you will need a signal splitter.
When using a splitter signal strength will be decreased as it is being divided among multiple end locations. To set up a signal distributing system for multiple TVs, a bundle package of an outdoor antenna and splitter (with low insertion loss and high shielding structure) is recommended. An all Ports DC Power Passing splitter will be required in the case that the antenna is amplified. Coaxial cable will also cause signal loss, so make sure you are using a good shielding quality coaxial cable as RG6, or RG59 at least.
ANTOP Bundle Packages Recommended for 2 TVs / 3 TVs setting.
2 TVs Solution
2 TVs Solution
3 TVs Solution
AT-413BC5AT-414BC5AT-400C6
AT-413B & AT-705
AT-414B & AT-705
AT-400B & AT-706
Antenna styles from ANTOP include numerous indoor and outdoor models to better suite your specific needs. ANTOP antennas’ range capabilities can cover from 0 to up to 85 miles from point of signal origination with coverage patterns including Multi-directional and Omni-directional. With more than 60 different antenna models you’re sure to find the right antenna.
(A) The popular Paper Thin, featuring a lightweight, ultra-thin .02 of an inch design
(B) Curved and Flat Panels models, sleek and elegant
(C) And, the more traditional Ring (Rabbit Ears) model with telescoping antenna
(A)The Wing, Butterfly and Flat Panel, feature slim compact designs and utilize innovative weather-resistant materials.
(B)Ideal for the Do-It-Yourself crowd, these outdoor models are engineered for easy installation.
(A) Full range of digital TV signal splitters, 2-way, 3-way, 4-way, 6-way, 8-way
(B) Full range of RG6 coaxial cables, 3ft, 6ft, 15ft, 30ft, 50ft
(C) Amplifier & USB Power Supply Kits, J Pole
To assist you in your antenna selection and answer any related questions you may have
our Customer Service department is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 om PST at 909-947-8883. Or via e-mail,service@antopantenna.com
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