You can’t get channels that you don’t get.

The other day I was talking to a very nice lady who was pretty frustrated. She had been promised dozens of channels and after buying an antenna she only got three. Where were all the channels she wanted, and she really thought the company that sold it to her was pulling a fast one.

The real story ended up being different.

I did a little bit of research, and the thing is that this lady lived in the middle of nowhere. I don’t want to say where — that wouldn’t be fair — but she was about 50 miles from the nearest small city and that city only had three broadcast locations. The nearest city large enough to have a full set of network channels was 130 miles away. That’s too far for even the most sensitive antenna to pick up anything useful.

It took a lot more discussion to explain that an antenna isn’t going to pick up signals that just don’t exist. This very nice and kind person simply didn’t understand that the small city near her just didn’t have tons of channels to offer her.

Let’s all learn

The whole story really illustrates how important it is to take advantage of our free antenna recommendation service. If this lady had asked, we would have told her the truth. No antenna regardless of size was going to help. No antenna would bring her any more than those three channels. Our team would have looked at her location and gotten aiming information for all the available broadcast towers, then used that information to come up with a recommendation. In this case we probably would have recommended that she consider cable or satellite if she wanted more than three channels.

I think personally that a lot of people avoid our antenna recommendation service for some reason. Maybe it’s because they think it’s just a way for Solid Signal to trick you. Maybe they think we’ll fool them into spending more on an antenna than you want to. Nothing could be further from the truth. We want you to have a great experience with your antenna. That means getting the right product at the right price. There are dozens of TV antennas out there. You’ll find antennas for everyone from the urban apartment dweller to the rural farmer.

We have antennas that take up literally no space — they hang flat on the wall — and we have the largest antenna you can get for the home market. Of course we also have a large selection of antennas in the middle, each designed to help with a specific need, whether that’s an outdoor antenna that meets condo board rules or a cool-looking antenna that never needs aiming.

Get the real story

So, before you go ahead and make that purchase, you really owe it to yourself to ask the experts, for free. Let us figure out what’s going to work in your specific situation. You’ll end up with the best result the first time! And, if you’re only going to get three channels, we’ll tell you. If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find it when you check out the great selection at Solid Signal.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.