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Is there a decent indoor wireless TV antenna I can use to pull in my local TV stations?
I don't want to sign up with cable, and sling TV doesn't have the option to access local stations.
Many HD OTA transmitters are about 20-miles from me up 7300-ft on Lookout Mountain. There is no perfect antenna for every scenario. All you can do is figure out where your HD transmissions are coming from and try an antenna best positioned at your location for decent reception.
I get a couple dozen HD TV channels including PBS with a cheap 14-inch square patch antenna hung up on my office wall. I get all the local stations that I enjoy. Just one local station is 'weak' but it's not one of my favorites.
OTA HD antenna in my office
Before OTA HD transmissions went mainstream, I started out with a UHF Yagi antenna in my backyard in order pickup experimental broadcasts coming off high rise buildings in downtown Denver. 9News.com was one of the country's first to broadcast HD.
My outdoor OTA UHF HD antenna about 2004
OTA TV signals are line of sight, so it could depend on several factors such as where your TV is located in relation to the direction the TV signals come from, and your houses construction materials. I live in Florida and have a 2 year old house with newer building standards, which in Florida means all my windows are double panes and have a coating on them to reflect sun rays out, which also effectively blocks cell phone signals and TV signals, and I have a foil like barrier in my attic that keeps the attic cooler but also blocks signals, and stucco over block walls to boot. So even though my TV is on the same side of the house the TV signals come from, and being a relatively short distance from the TV towers, I had to put my antennae outside on a 4x4 post. if you do this or mount it to your house make sure you ground it, especially if you live where I do (the lightning strike capital of the world).
I have a 'smart' TV and I have inserted a 3~30" long piece of copper wire (bell wire) and that gets me most of the over air broadcasts in my area -
however I live in SF, CA, and have relatively clear line of sight to most of the towers...
The wire is simply inserted into the center contact of the threaded 75Ohm connector on the back of the tv
I live in Oro Valley Arizona, adjacent to Tucson. The local mountains do a good job of blocking the signal. So an indoor antenna may not work too well
Go to tvfool.com
Type in your address, and it will tell you what channels you can get, how strong they are and what you will need to get them.
Thanks for that useful information Jack.
Thanks for the suggestion.
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