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2. Check to see if all of the digital channels in your area broadcast on the UHF band.
Look under the columns titled "Channel" and "Band" or refer to our list of digital stations broadcast on the VHF band. If you need to receive low frequency VHF stations (Channels 2-8) you may need a VHF antenna.
3. Determine how far will your antenna be from the transmitters?
Look at the "Dist." column on the far right side of the chart and then choose from the following:
- Indoor: 0-15 Miles
- Short Range: 0-25 Miles
- Medium Range: 10-55 Miles
- Long Range: 50-70+ Miles
4. Determine whether you need a uni-directional or multi-directional TV 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 "Heading" 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. If the transmitters are positioned more than 20° apart, it is best to use a multi-directional antenna. It is important to note that most multi-directional antennas will work in place of uni-directional antennas, but you may pick up some multi-path distortion.
By zooming in and out on the map you can get a graphical representation of your compass orientation.
If you need further assistance with choosing the best digital TV antenna for your area, please contact one of our antenna specialists at 1-877-825-5572 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST or Weekends 10AM and 6PM Central Standard Time or by using our Contact Form.