Is it time to replace that broken TV antenna?

Well that’s embarrassing. A random search of the internet turned up this picture which looks like an early version of our Xtreme Signal HDB91X that took a turn for the worse at some point. Yeah, I’d probably be replacing that.

Many of us have old antennas on our roofs. Our Southern California labs have a 50-year-old antenna on the roof and while it still works great it might be just a little bit worse for wear. There’s some bent elements and it doesn’t sit quite level. Is it time to replace?

Of course only you can answer that question, and it comes down to, are you getting the performance you want out of the antenna you have? Are you losing channels now and again? Are some of your favorites not coming in when they used to just a few years ago? Or is that old monster just unsightly? When most network stations were on channels 2-13 (the “VHF” band) you almost always needed a gigantic antenna to get your channels. Everyone had these things on their roofs and if you can believe it, having the biggest, ugliest one in the neighborhood was actually a status symbol in 1957. Flash forward 60years, though, and that status symbol might just be an eyesore.

Most people with old antennas will find that they can now use a much smaller, much simpler antenna that won’t look unsightly, and still get all the same channels. If you are tired of looking at that old antenna on the roof, the first step is a free evaluation from the technicians at Solid Signal. I’m talking about a real person who will look at your location and choose the right antenna and accessories for you. You might find that a new antenna won’t cost a lot and might be a lot smaller. There is absolutely no obligation to buy, but of course we’d like it if you did.

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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.