Tips for the Transmitter Locator Tool
- Check to see if the digital channels in your area broadcast on the UHF or VHF band. Look at the column heading in dark blue for UHF or VHF. If the Affiliate channels are for high-frequency VHF stations (Channels 7 – 13), you will need a VHF antenna. Check out our ClearStream 1V, ClearStream 2V or ClearStream 4V HDTV antennas based on their range. For UHF (Channels 14 - 51), you will receive crystal clear reception with any of our other antennas.
- Determine how far your antenna will be from the transmitters. Use the Heading listed in the results below and a compass to aim your antenna towards the towers. The antenna you choose should be based on the tower located farthest from your location.
- You might need a uni-directional or multi-directional antenna. In some cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, all stations are broadcast from one central area; the Empire State and GE Buildings in New York, the Sears Tower or Hancock Building in downtown Chicago, and Mt. Wilson in Los Angeles. In other cities like St. Louis, the transmitters are scattered around the city. Check the Black markers on the map, and if all of your desired stations are transmitting from the same area or within 20° of each other, you can use a uni-directional antenna: Check out the Element Uni-directional long range antenna. If the transmitters are positioned more than 20° apart, it is best to use a multi-directional antenna. All of our antennas indicate whether they are a uni-directional or multi-directional antenna.