Antenna Selection Guide
Before selecting a television antenna, you’ll want to collect some basic facts about your antenna needs. In addition to providing a zip code search through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website, we think it’s important that all antenna users understand these items. We’ll take you through the basics, a sort of “Antennas 101” review, followed by the easy search tool at the end that will provide you with all of the information you need about broadcast TV in your area.
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 100 miles from point of signal origination with coverage patterns including directions, multi-direction and Omni-directional. With more than 28 different antenna models you’re sure to find the right antenna.
(B) Curved and Flat Panels models, sleek and elegant
(C) And, the more traditional Ring model with telescoping antenna
(B)Ideal for the Do-It-Yourself crowd, these outdoor models are engineered for easy installation.
(B)4G LTE Filter. ANTOP was the first antenna manufacturer to include a built in filter in all their products to block 3G and 4G wireless signals to ensure noise-free digital TV reception.
Through the FCC search you will want to determine how far away do you live from television broadcast towers in your area. Be sure to look for ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW at the very least. Search results will give you tower distance in miles from your home address.
Broadcast Tower Location
Are the television broadcast towers in your area located in the same general direction, or are some of them located in different directions? Search results will give you tower direction in degrees, clockwise from Due North. Are your desired channels within at least 90 degrees of each other, or are some outside of that range?
- Single Tower Location (90 Degrees)
- If towers are in a single location, both directional and Omni-directional antennas will provide reception. For the best signal reception, a directional antenna is recommended.
- Dual Tower Location (180 Degrees)
- If towers are grouped in two locations in the same general direction, such as living in a border area in which you want to get stations from two different cities, a multi-directional antenna is needed.
- Multiple Tower Location (360 Degrees)
- If towers are in multiple locations, you will need an Omni-directional antenna. ANTOP offers outdoor antenna options with a 360° coverage footprint and 55mile+ reception range so that with the use of a remote- controlled antenna rotator is not necessary.
(B)The right antenna for your specific location.
(C)The knowledge of broadcast tower locations in your area.
(D)Point your antenna toward them and bask in the glory of OTA, free television.
(B)Simple, direct connections and installations are best. The more junctions in the installation, the higher the signal loss.
(C)Each time the signal is split (to go to another TV) signal strength is reduced, so a low-noise amplifier may be needed to help compensate for the signal reduction. ANTOP offers antennas with a built in SmartPass amplifier and all come with a built in 4G LTE Filter to reduce noise levels.
(D)Install the antenna where signal is “present”. Move the antenna to different locations until signals are found. Many times one end of the roof or room has better signal characteristics than the others.