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How to Choose an Outdoor Antenna Using AntennaWeb

Use this tool to find the right antenna type for your location.

Not all outdoor TV antennas are equally good at receiving channels. To find the right antenna for your home, you need to know what channels are available in your area and the type of antenna you need to receive them.

The process is powered by AntennaWeb, co-sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

AntennaWeb card systems do not include indoor antennas.

How to choose an outdoor antenna with an antenna network

Follow the instructions below to find the right antenna type for your home:

Visit AntennaWeb.org.

choose Antenna Information From the top navigation menu.

choose Enter your location from the navigation menu. A text box will appear above the menu. The site can read your IP address and automatically enter your location. If not, you can enter your address or zip code.choose go Or press Enter on your keyboard.

AntennaWeb will provide you with broadcast information about your area. The number of channels available and the number of stations broadcasting in the area are displayed at the top of the page. This section will also let you know if your location will be affected by the FCC repacking, a massive channel frequency migration that will take place in the summer of 2020.

You’ll also find a colored map key detailing the six types of outdoor antennas. You must refer to this key for the next step.

Scroll down to see a detailed list of channels available in your area, along with color codes corresponding to the type of antenna you need to receive them. Look at the color-coded map keys to determine the type of antenna required to receive each channel.

The blue “info” icon lets you know if a particular channel is affected by FCC repackaging. You can select the icon to see more information about the change.

Scroll down to find the station map, which shows the radio stations in your area and their ranges.

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AntennaWeb Local Channel Tool

AntennaWeb has several resources for understanding antennas and wireless transmission. It includes a tool that lets you enter your location (address or zip code) and receive a list of available stations in your area. You can then determine the type of antenna you need to receive those stations. Results are address-specific, but you can enter a zip code if you want.

There are six types of antennas listed on AntennaWeb: they are all directional or multidirectional, but vary in size and whether they are amplified:

  • small multidirectional
  • multidirectional medium
  • great multidirectional
  • directional medium
  • Semi-directional with preamp
  • Excellent directivity with preamp

AntennaWeb does not provide information on antenna models or brands. You can use this site during your research to determine if a particular antenna is suitable for your area.

Analysis of indoor antenna results

If you’re interested in purchasing an indoor antenna, pay attention to the recommended antenna types, as well as the mileage specifications listed in parentheses below each channel. Compare these specs with any indoor antenna you’re considering.

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How to Choose an Outdoor Antenna Using AntennaWeb

Use this tool to find the right type of antenna for your location.

Outdoor TV antennas are not all equally good at receiving channels. To find the right antenna for your home, you need to know which channels are available in your area, and which type of antenna you will need to receive them

This process is made easy with AntennaWeb, a website co-sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

AntennaWeb’s mapping system does not include indoor antennas.
How to Choose an Outdoor Antenna with Antenna Web

Follow these instructions to find the right type of antenna for your home:

Go to AntennaWeb.org.

Select Antenna Info from the navigation menu at the top.

Select Enter Your Location from the navigation menu. A text box will appear above the menu. The site may read your IP address and automatically input your location. If not, you can enter your address or zip code. Select Go or hit Enter on your keyboard.

AntennaWeb will provide you with over-the-area broadcast information for your location. The top of the page shows the number of channels that are available, as well as the number of stations that are broadcasting in the area. This section also lets you know if the location is affected by the FCC Repack—a massive channel frequency migration to occur in summer 2020.

You will also find a color-coded map key detailing the six types of outdoor antennas. You will need to consult this key for the next step.

Scroll down to reveal a detailed list of channels available in your area, as well as a color code corresponding to the type of antenna you will need to receive them. Consult the color-coded map key to determine the type of antenna you will need to receive each channel.

A blue “information” icon lets you know if a given channel will be affected by the FCC Repack. You can select the icon to reveal more information about the change.

Scroll further down to find a Stations Map, revealing the over-the-air stations in your area and their broadcast ranges.

Craig Micheal / EyeEm / Getty Images AntennaWeb’s Local Channels Tool

AntennaWeb has a variety of resources for learning about antennas and over-the-air broadcasting. It includes a tool that allows you to plug in your location (either an address or zip code) and receive a list of stations available in your area. You can then determine which type of antenna you will need to receive each of those stations. The results are specific down the street address, although you can just plug in your zip code if you prefer.

There are six types of antennas listed on AntennaWeb: All are either directional or multi-directional, but they vary in size and whether or not they are amplified:

Small multi-directional
Medium multi-directional
Large multi-directional
Medium directional
Medium directional w/pre amp
Large directional w/pre amp

AntennaWeb does not provide antenna model or brand information. You can use the site in your research process to determine if a given antenna is right for your area.

Analyzing the Results for an Indoor Antenna

If you’re interested in buying an indoor antenna, pay attention to the type of antenna recommended, as well as the miles specification written in parentheses beneath each channel. Compare those specifications to any indoor antenna you may be considering.

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