Using an antenna can save you thousands of dollars in cable and satellite fees, but it’s hard to choose the right one. Antennas are still a bit more of an art than a science, and it can be hard to know which antenna you need.
The easiest way is to use our Antenna Help Request Form — Our team of experts will take the information you give us and create a custom recommendation from our wide selection of antennas. We have antennas that will work indoors and outdoors, and we will help you find the best choice.
If you would rather do the research yourself, there are web sites that will help you figure out the right kind of antenna for your area. Two of the best are tvfool.com and antennaweb.com. TVfool is designed for people with a lot of antenna experience and provides charts and graphs that an expert will appreciate. AntennaWeb is provided by the Consumer Electronics Association (Solid Signal is a member) and is better for people who are just beginning to enjoy antenna television.
The main screen asks you the basic questions: your zip code, address and the height of the antenna. Enter this information and click Submit.
After a moment you’ll see a map of your area along with a list of stations. The most important thing to look at is the list of colored antenna types between the map and the station list. Clicking on any colored item will tell you about the antenna type you’ll need.
First, look to see if any of the stations you want to get are listed as VHF stations. If so, you’ll need a VHF antenna. Many people think that all digital TV is UHF but that isn’t true.
Use this graphic to figure out what the colors mean. In order to get all the stations you want, pick the antenna type that is closest to the bottom of the graphic. If you use the most powerful antenna, you should also get channels that need a less powerful antenna. This link will explain the codes even better.
When you know what antenna you need, click here to go to our antennas page. The colored codes are here as well, and you can click on the code to refine your search. Once you’ve picked an antenna, check out our line of antenna accessories. Unless you’re replacing an existing antenna you’ll probably need a mast, and even if you’re replacing an older antenna you’ll probably need new cable.
Using an Indoor Antenna
Indoor antennas are easier to aim as needed and are well suited for picking up signals up to 30 miles away. Look through the antennaweb list to see if all your channels are within 30 miles; if they are, you can use an indoor antenna in many cases. Indoor antennas save you the time and trouble of mounting and they can be so small that you hardly notice them. Click here for our selection of indoor antennas.
Confused? Need advice? Your friends at Solid Signal are never more than a click or a phone call away! If you need help, call us at 1.888-233-7563, or contact us through our support forums or live chat!