ANTENNA SELECTION GUIDE

Before selecting a television antenna, you'll want to collect some basic facts about your antenna needs. Rather than just providing a ZIP Code search that recommends an antenna, we think it's important that all antenna users understand these items. We're going to walk you through the basics, followed by an easy search tool at the end that will provide you with all of the information you need about broadcast TV in your area.

Through the search tool, this is the information you will want to determine:

  1. How far away do you live from television broadcast towers in your area, at least for the channels you want to be able to get? Be sure to look for ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW at the very least. Search results will give you tower distance in miles from your home address.

  2. Are the television broadcast towers in your area located in the same general direction, or are some of them located in different directions? Search results will give you tower direction in degrees, clockwise from Due North. Are your desired channels within at least 90 degrees of each other, or are some outside of that range?

    Single Tower Location (90 Degrees)
    If towers are in a single location, both directional and omni-directional antennas will provide reception. For the best signal reception from a distance of more than 50 miles, a directional antenna is recommended.
    Dual Tower Location (180 Degrees)
    If towers are grouped in two locations in the same general direction, such as living in a "border" area in which you want to get stations from two different cities, a multi-directional
    bay-type antenna is needed.
    Multiple Tower Location (360 Degrees)
    If towers are in multiple locations, you will need an omni-directional antenna. The best use case for omni-directional antennas is within a signal range of 50 miles or less. If more than 50 miles, the best option would be a directional antenna with the use of a remote- controlled antenna rotator.

  3. The majority of television broadcast stations in the U.S., about 75%, utilize UHF frequencies (RF channels 14-51). 23% broadcast over high-VHF (RF channels 7-13), while a very small number of stations, about 2%, broadcast over low-VHF (RF channels 2-6). If you are in one of the rare areas that includes a channel broadcasting over low-VHF, you will need a special outdoor antenna that receives low-VHF in addition to UHF and high-VHF. Search results will give you the RF channel of each broadcast tower in your area.

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Important Note About Amplifiers

It is not always necessary to "boost" your antenna signal using an amplifier. In fact, using a signal amplifier when not needed can add "noise" to your otherwise stellar signals, causing pixelation or signal disruption. A signal amplifier is used in cases where one of your broadcast towers is located at a significantly further distance than the others, or you are having trouble getting reliable reception from one or two channels due to foliage, a mountain range, or splitting signals inside the home between two or more television sets. For these reasons (in addition to encouraging energy conservation!), all Channel Master antennas come "passive" without built-in amplification, and amplifiers are sold seperately.

Everyday Series Antennas

Channel Master's Everyday Series antennas are designed to be ideal for the majority of metropolitan and suburban dwellers, providing simple installation, flexible placement, and reception of both UHF and high-VHF signals.

Product Type Range* Direction Use Case Price

FLATenna
Indoor 35 Miles Omni-directional Provides signals from all directions, easy stick-on installation for windows, walls or cabinets, easy to relocate. $10
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STEALTHtenna
Outdoor 50 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction. $29
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SMARTenna
Indoor/
Outdoor
35/50 Miles Omni-directional Provides signals from all directions, can be placed indoors or mounted outdoors for longer range or stronger signal if needed, easy indoor relocation. $59
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*Range values are an approximation based on the antenna ratings system developed by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Specialty Series Antennas

Channel Master's Specialty Series antennas are designed for instances of special needs, such as long-range reception, dual-tower locations and the addition of low-VHF signal reception. Specialty Series antennas are outdoor products that may require professional installation, depending on your DIY skill level, for mounting on roofs, chimneys, or installed in attics.

Product Type Range* Direction Use Case Price

METROtenna
Outdoor Bay 40 Miles Multi-directional Provides signals from two locations. $49
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ULTRAtenna
Outdoor Bay 60 Miles Multi-directional Provides signals from two locations. $69
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EXTREMEtenna
Outdoor Bay 80 Miles Multi-directional Provides signals from two locations. $109
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Digital Advantage 45
Outdoor 45 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction. $45
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Digital Advantage 60
Outdoor 60 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction. $69
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Digital Advantage 100
Outdoor 100 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction. $99
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Advantage 45
Outdoor 45 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, plus low-VHF reception. $69
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Advantage 60
Outdoor 60 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, plus low-VHF reception. $99
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Advantage 100
Outdoor 100 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, plus low-VHF reception. $119
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Masterpiece 45
Outdoor 45 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, heavy-duty longevity for extreme weather conditions, plus low-VHF reception. $89
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Masterpiece 60
Outdoor 60 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, heavy-duty longevity for extreme weather conditions, plus low-VHF reception. $129
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Masterpiece 100
Outdoor 100 Miles Directional Provides signals from a single direction, heavy-duty longevity for extreme weather conditions, plus low-VHF reception. $159
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*Range values are an approximation based on the antenna ratings system developed by the Consumer Electronics Association.

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