The correct antenna will maximize your reception of free, over-the-air television channels from your local broadcasters.
With an antenna that is too weak, you may not receive all of the local channels available to you. An antenna that is too powerful may lead to poor reception on some channels due to interference from distant stations.
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Optimal television reception relies on a clear line-of-sight between your location and a station's tower. Typically, the closer you live to the tower, the better the reception of its signals. However, many variables, such as distance, terrain or nearby structures, may impact which antenna you will need to receive those signals.
To simplify choosing the correct outdoor antenna, the CEA and the NAB have created a color-coded labeling standard for classifying antennas by type. Antennas labeled for a particular type will share common reception capabilities and directional qualities, regardless of manufacturer.
AntennaWeb.org is designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the correct outdoor antenna type for your location and your viewing needs. Once you have determined the proper antenna type, visit your retailer to select the desired antenna within that color-coded type according to your personal preferences about features, price, manufacturer, etc.