Why do we ask for your ZIP code when you need an antenna recommendation?

So, you know all about our free antenna recommendation tool. But still, there’s something that troubles you about giving out your ZIP code when asking a stranger for advice. I get it, you can’t be too careful. You may think we’re asking for some scary reason, like to get marketing data or whatever. Really we’re just trying to get the best recommendation possible.

Every area is different and when we’re looking at antennas for you, we’re looking at all the TV towers, how far away they are, how well you should be able to receive them, and what frequencies they’re on. This varies from city to city — in fact from neighborhood to neighborhood. Imagine one person at the bottom of a hill and the other up top. They’ll get different results with the same antenna.

Really to get the best possible antenna recommendation, we really prefer to have your exact address. From there we can get the elevation of your home, an idea of what’s around you, and even an idea of the trees and other things that could block the signal. As anyone who has ever googled themselves knows, you can get a lot from an address. We can even tell if you’re in an apartment complex, which might mean you can’t put up the antenna you want.

But I get it, asking for all that information can seem a little stalkery. It isn’t, though… we are just trying to do the best we can for you. Picking an antenna takes a lot of information, and we want to get it right. Nothing more than that.