Skip to main content

Discover Your Ideal HDTV Antenna with our Zip Code-Based Recommendation

Curious about which channels are available in your local area? Want to know the signal strength and how to select the best antenna for your location? Take a moment to explore our reception map – simply input your zip code, and a detailed map highlighting the signal strength in your area will be at your fingertips.

Decoding Reception Map Colors

  • Green: Indoor antennas and short-range outdoor antennas can reliably capture most channels marked in green.

  • Yellow: Attic-mounted antennas are recommended to access channels with a yellow tint.

  • Brown: For channels with a brown tint, rooftop-mounted antennas, particularly 150-mile range outdoor antennas, are essential for optimal reception.

  • Red: Channels marked in red are challenging to pick up with standard antennas.

Enhance Your Antenna Signal

  • Check with your zip code to locate broadcast towers in your area. Aiming your antenna at the TV tower can significantly improve reception.
  • If using an indoor antenna, try moving it to different locations or heights. Allow a few minutes to assess reception before making a move.
  • Conduct a monthly channel rescan.
  • Consider installing a signal amplifier or booster between the antenna and receiver to boost signal strength. Explore our amplifiers here.

Understanding Results

  • If you receive mainly green channels, congratulations! An outdoor antenna with RG6 cable will enhance reception, especially for VHF (Hi-V) channels.
  • A mix of green and yellow channels suggests the need to assess their distance. If signals are primarily within 50 miles, an indoor antenna is sufficient. Beyond 50 miles, consider the Five Star 2808 indoor antenna or explore more options here.

  • All yellow and orange channels? Opt for the Five Star Omni-direction FSA-5818 outdoor antenna for optimal performance.
  • If channels are all orange or red, or if no channels are detected, consider exploring free TV over the Internet.
Strongest signals are at the top, while the weakest are at the bottom.

Important Considerations

  • Predictions are based on a terrain-sensitive propagation model similar to the one used for TV station contours.
  • Actual signal strength may vary due to factors such as building construction, nearby structures and trees, weather, and specific reception hardware.
  • Signal strength may be lower in extremely hilly areas.
  • Perform a monthly rescan to account for any changes in signal strength in your local area.